Facebook, Google, et al Buses

Microsoft KEue
Jul 23 21 Comments

Would any Facebook and/or Google employees mind sharing how their company-sponsored bus system works (e.g. do you get a reservation/boarding pass, how are walk-ons handled, etc.)? Bonus points if in the Seattle/Puget Sound area!

Microsoft’s bus system (aka the Connector) in Redmond can be AWFUL for certain routes. No order or organization, it’s always just a mass hysteria when the bus arrives. We have alleged “reservations” but if your route/time is remotely popular, a lot of times you’re SOL.

Anyway, just interested to see if our competitors are better when it comes to commuting perks too 👀

Not sure if any other companies (in the Seattle area) do buses, I only mentioned these two because they’re the only ones I’m aware of, but please chime in if so!

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TOP 21 Comments
  • Google SelfFlying
    No reservations. We just scan our badges when we walk on.
    Jul 23 6
    • Facebook depression
      I’ve never had to share a seat with anyone ever till now.
      Jul 23
    • Microsoft KEue
      OP
      Could you elaborate? Is this in Seattle? What changed that you’re now having to share seats? In general, how does Facebook handle their buses? Thanks!
      Jul 23
    • Facebook depression
      I’m in the bay area. I joined only in January this year. I think there are two reasons, increase in hiring and intern season (which is temporary). Our shuttle system is the same as google’s AFAIK.
      Jul 23
    • Microsoft KEue
      OP
      Well I guess there wouldn’t really be a need for a system when seats abound. Sounds like we just need more buses, but I guess that’s too rich for a $1T company... Thanks for the info!
      Jul 23
    • Google emc2too
      If the bus has 60 seats there may be 30 people riding it. Intern season may fill it.
      Jul 23
  • Cruise Automation qiruelqnz
    Can only comment from the Bay Area but I doubt Seattle is different.

    No reservations. Fixed route/schedule that is vaguely on-time but pretty wild during rush hour. App to see current bus location. Never had any issue getting on a bus personally, but I did mostly avoid peak just because it could be 1.5 hours instead of 55 minutes. Just scan your badge. Process for forgotten badge varies but usually fine.
    Jul 23 6
    • Microsoft KEue
      OP
      Also curious to hear if Googlers have gripes with their bus system as well? 🤔🤔
      Jul 23
    • Cruise Automation qiruelqnz
      People tend to fairly politely queue up along the sidewalk where the bus picks up. I’ve never really seen more than 10-15 people at any one bus stop. Certainly never seen like, a horde of people pushing through like seems to be the Microsoft story from your implication?

      I usually never even had to share a seat.
      Jul 23
    • Microsoft KEue
      OP
      Well no, not exactly. I was exaggerating a bit. In the PM, the buses for all the routes all come to the same place so there are a lot of people and those people never (fairly) bother to line up. Even if there is some semblance of a line, buses often don’t stop where they’re supposed to so people just scramble to get to the front for a seat — nothing physical though.

      Sometimes upwards of 10 people (not even peak hours) are turned away because there aren’t enough seats (each bus holds up to 36 riders). Again, these aren’t all routes, mainly the popular ones (in the city, as opposed to surrounding rural areas).
      Jul 23
    • Cruise Automation qiruelqnz
      Yeah, I’ve never seen anything like that. Busses have very defined routes and always make those stops, so getting on the right bus is important. I’ve never seen people get turned away.
      Jul 23
    • Microsoft KEue
      OP
      Yet another reason why Google is greater..
      Jul 23
  • Airbnb prqecnlfjk
    Google here. We have an app to track the buses’ location and number of passengers. Stops all over the city. Badge to get on the bus.
    Jul 23 0
  • Facebook BeingCoder
    FB Seattle shuttles run to several places in Seattle and the east side. Employees also get monthly $200 lyft shared ride credit.
    Jul 23 0
  • Facebook __space__
    Heard you get Uber/Lyft voucher if your shuttle is too full to take you (hasn't been close to happening for my route). Also have had someone sit next to me I think once in about a month and a half of interning
    Jul 23 4
    • Microsoft KEue
      OP
      You as in Microsoft? Psht, no that is not true. It’s true that we get “Guaranteed Ride Home” vouchers but those aren’t intended to be used for this purpose. I also think this money comes out from your own team’s budget (so you’re less inclined to use it), and there’s an ANNUAL limit of 6 rides LOL.
      Jul 23
    • Microsoft KEue
      OP
      Also, could you clarify your location?
      Jul 23
    • Cruise Automation qiruelqnz
      No, at FB/G they’ll give you a Lyft voucher if the shuttle fills up.
      Jul 23
    • Microsoft KEue
      OP
      Ah well no surprise there 😄
      Jul 23