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Old 12-16-2013, 02:35 PM
 
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I'm about to take a job at Google and I'm trying to find an area with good schools. San Ramon / Pleasanton really stood out to me as being somewhat more affordable than the area surrounding Mountain View with excellent schools. I also noticed that the Google shuttle (that everybody seems to hate around there, haha) makes a stop in those areas. Here's my question… out of all the Google documentation, I couldn't find a definite answer. Does anybody know how long it takes a Google shuttle to get from San Ramon to its destination in Mountain View? Would it be way too far?
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Old 12-16-2013, 04:45 PM
 
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I'm about to take a job at Google and I'm trying to find an area with good schools. San Ramon / Pleasanton really stood out to me as being somewhat more affordable than the area surrounding Mountain View with excellent schools. I also noticed that the Google shuttle (that everybody seems to hate around there, haha) makes a stop in those areas. Here's my question… out of all the Google documentation, I couldn't find a definite answer. Does anybody know how long it takes a Google shuttle to get from San Ramon to its destination in Mountain View? Would it be way too far?
There are multiple shuttles, multiple routes that serves various cities in the east bay. The further out it is, the less frequent the shuttle tend to be. The shuttles are not direct from San Ramon/Pleasanton to Mountain View, they make stops in other cities along the way. Most of the east bay routes goes down 880 and the Dumbarton bridge (which is a very heavy traffic route).

From San Ramon/Pleasanton, it's at least 1.5 hour each way (that is on good traffic days, and early ti beat the rush hour).

You need to ask your recruiter to provide you with the route stops, route maps and schedules. There is an app & website with real time updates for it, but you won't have access to that till you are onboarded.
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Old 12-16-2013, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Newark, CA
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Pleasanton/Dublin/San Ramon/etc. area =very nice, good schools, low crime, great place for raising a family.

Commute, regardless of method= crappy...period.

Plenty of people do it though.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:51 AM
 
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Yikes, 1.5 hours before rush hour? So the Google shuttle is slower than normal traffic from that area? I wasn't sure how many stops it made between the two cities.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA/Seattle, WA
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Have you thought about alameda or castro valley? Castro valley is definitely more affordable. There are some great areas in castro valley as well.

Alameda is my favorite city/town in the bay area, and fits all of your needs, besides the affordable part (has to be more affordable than san ramon though). I always think of alameda as little san francisco with a hometown feel to it.

Anywho, congrats on getting a job at Google!
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:02 AM
 
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Yikes, 1.5 hours before rush hour? So the Google shuttle is slower than normal traffic from that area? I wasn't sure how many stops it made between the two cities.
The shuttle goes with normal traffic flow, unfortunately normal tend to be SLOW. The shuttles do make around 3 stops, they also make several stops once on campus.

Keep in mind the shuttle run only certain times, I think the earliest to campus is around 6 ish, and earliest leaving campus 4 ish. That's already start of rush area in many parts of the bay area.

Again, get the schedules from the HR person who is arranging your relocation. Add 15 minutes for the earlier shuttles, and at least 1/2 hr for rush hour, and you will have a more realistic shuttle commute time. If there is an accident, event at Shoreline, rain....add more time to the commute.

Check out Sigalert.com Irving Traffic Map around rush hour to see what traffic is really like in the area. Check that before even attempting to catch a shuttle home. Use the internal app to check arrival times of shuttle (some of the lobbies near the shuttle stop have a screen with the arrival time too). And grab a to go meal from the cafeteria before getting on the bus, because you never know how long you will be stuck for.
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:49 PM
 
Location: San Jose
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Some good advice, the traffic here gets pretty old pretty quickly and as said above any rain/accident can add hours to your commute. The advice I have seen mostly is live closer rather than further away from work. Unless you are happy to leave work at 5 and not get home til 7 !
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:26 PM
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Have you thought about alameda or castro valley? Castro valley is definitely more affordable. There are some great areas in castro valley as well.

Alameda is my favorite city/town in the bay area, and fits all of your needs, besides the affordable part (has to be more affordable than san ramon though). I always think of alameda as little san francisco with a hometown feel to it.

Anywho, congrats on getting a job at Google!
I also love Alameda. Just moved to Redding from SF Bay Area. Grew up in the East Bay, lately lived in Santa Clara.

It's so hard to convince newcomers on how awful commuting in the SF Bay Area is. If you have a 1.5 - 2 hour commute - each way - and get home exhausted, and leave in the morning before your kids have breakfast - schools aren't going to be your problem! That's no way to live.

Now picture living where you work. Four more hours a day for you to spend as you please. Heck you could hit the gym, or happy hour every day, and still have plenty of time to go to all of those soccer games, etc.

I think Alameda would be a better compromise for sure than San Ramon. But, really, if you can get any closer, think hard about it and what your family's lifestyle is worth to you.

Or consider a closer commute from a town with iffy schools but that is cheaper, and send the kidlets to private schools.

Congrats on the job!
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:39 PM
 
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Yikes, 1.5 hours before rush hour? So the Google shuttle is slower than normal traffic from that area? I wasn't sure how many stops it made between the two cities.
I work at Apple, and it's about the same thing. They make a lot of stops before they get on the interstate. It's a long commute even via shuttles. The only thing you really save is gas money, in that respect it's good. And there is wifi on the bus, so you get to work on stuff and take calls while you're on your way to work.
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Old 12-20-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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I work at Apple, and it's about the same thing. They make a lot of stops before they get on the interstate. It's a long commute even via shuttles. The only thing you really save is gas money, in that respect it's good. And there is wifi on the bus, so you get to work on stuff and take calls while you're on your way to work.
Depends on what work you do. The WiFI connection bandwidth is limited (and shared by everyone on the bus) get makes it next to impossible to do any real work that requires steady connections to remote servers. You actually better of using your own 4G hot spot.

And it's actually quite a bumpy ride even on those state of the art shock suspension buses from Belgium. The secret trick is ginger pills for the motion sickness.

And making calls (even work conference calls) on the is considered really bad etiquette on the ride.
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