A Google Bus For the Rest of Us: Company Funds Public Shuttles

You needn't be a techie to use the Google bus in Mountain View.

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    NBC Bay Area
    Google employees board a shuttle bus in this file image.

    Soon, everyone will be able to ride the Google bus.

    The multinational megacorporation is paying for a fleet of "public shuttle[s] in its hometown," according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

    Google will run the privately-funded public shuttles from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays during a two-year pilot program announced Wednesday.

    With such hours, the shuttles are not commuter-focused -- rather, they're to make Mountain View "more accessible," according to Mayor Chris Clark, who said that the Google-funded rides should make daily tasks like shopping and going to the doctor easier.

    Google did not specify how much it is spending on the new local shuttles. There is speculation that the shuttle program is timed to go along with the company's announcement that it is buying up more real estate.