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Top Tech Firms Embrace Commute Alternatives

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Published on Oct 25, 2012

Award of Merit -- Genentech's gRide Program, Google's Transportation Services and Oracle's Bay Area Commute Program
Three of the Bay Area's top tech firms are sharing an Award of Merit for their exemplary commute alternative programs that reduce congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gases. Genentech's gRide program brings employees to the South San Francisco headquarters on 34 luxury motor coaches. The high-tech firm also has shuttles from nearby transit stations, bicycle facilities and monetary incentives to reduce solo driving. The results? The drive-alone rate to Genentech's campus has dropped from 79 to 63 percent of employees since 2006.

At Google's Mountain View campus, almost half of the employees arrive at work without driving alone. One-third of "Googlers" are on board one of the 105 Wi-Fi-enabled shuttle buses. Other employees practice "self-powered" commuting by bicycling or walking to campus, thereby earning "stamps" that are turned into dollars to donate to their favorite charity. On campus, the car-sharing fleet includes the latest electric and plug-in vehicles.

At Oracle, with four Bay Area locations, 35 percent of employees are eligible to telecommute and, using the company's software, can see and talk to their co-workers through a computer interface, making them as efficient at home as in the office. Oracle also offers shuttles from nearby transit stations, preferential parking for carpools, online ride-matching, bicycle lockers and an emergency ride home program.

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