Monday, March 10, 2014

The Microsoft Connector -- A Transport Solution for Microsoft Employees.

Washington state enjoys some very environmental friendly vehicles in this Seattle neighborhood. One of the striking things seen on the roads of Redmond, WA, are the green-accented vehicles taking Microsoft employees back and forth among Microsoft buildings as well as, in some cases, between employees' homes and their work sites.

 A Connector Shuttle on 156th Ave NE & NE 40th St
A Connector Shuttle on 156th Ave NE & NE 40th St

The significance of this Microsoft service — free, of course, to Microsoft employees — is exemplified by Washington State Transportation Commission's web site devoting a page to this Microsoft Connector activity.

The schedules for this Microsoft service are quite convenient: During commute hours, it seems like consecutive rides are only about 20 minutes apart.

As much as there is advantage to Microsoft employees and to the environment, there is also a segment of Seattle area population that is not happy with the so-called gentrification implications, just as in San Francisco. See Lessons from San Francisco from the Seattle Transit Blog. Even the New York Times blogged on the subject: Seattle Gets Its Own Tech Bus Protest.

To my viewpoint, however, this shuttle service seems like a good contribution by Microsoft to the local community.

No comments:

Post a Comment