My employer has started experimental shuttle service from various stops in the East and South Bay, with the goal of alleviating our parking problem and helping us all be greener. This morning, I decided to give it a try.
The nearest shuttle stop to my house is in Milpitas, about a 10-minute drive from where I live. I left insanely early to allow for my propensity to get lost when driving in Milpitas, got lost, arrived moderately early anyway, and relaxed with a cup of coffee and my iPod until the shuttle bus arrived. (The shuttle stop is roughly at the midpoint of a straight line drawn between a Peet's Coffee and an It's a Grind. My kind of shuttle stop.)
The shuttle arrived, I boarded, and spent the next 45 minutes relaxing with a Podshock
I arrived at my desk with the kind of deep feeling of peace and tranquility that is normally produced by a good meditation session.
I'll definitely be taking the shuttle again. I can't do it every day - it's not feasible if I have a meeting before 9:30 (rare, but it does happen), or if I have to go somewhere other than straight home after work. It'll take a little time management to get through myself exercised, showered, dressed, fed, and out the door in time to catch the shuttle. (This morning, I abbreviated my usual long walk to allow for leaving insanely early, but I don't want to do that on a regular basis unless I can be sure I'll make up for the missed exercise later on in the day.) And the shuttle schedule does make for a bit of a long day - if the published schedule is accurate, I won't get home tonight until after 8:00 pm. But basically, if I can avoid driving from San Jose to Palo Alto once or twice a week, I think it will make an appreciable contribution to my sanity.
It's the best thing to happen to my morning commute since naked bottoms!
I just hope they actually have enough riders to keep things going. There were only six of us this morning, which doesn't really seem high enough. On the other hand, the shuttles have only been running for a week.