Google launches private ferry service for workers

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Updated: 1/09 6:13 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — How's this for an employee perk? Google workers commuting from San Francisco to the company's Silicon Valley campus can now make part of the trek on an 83-foot, Wi-Fi-equipped catamaran.

The popular search engine has launched a free ferry service from San Francisco's ferry terminal to the Port of Redwood City about 26 miles away, where employees can then hop a private bus to work.

Named the "Triumphant," the charter ferry can carry up to 150 passengers and runs twice each morning and evening, with voyages lasting about 47 minutes each way.

Google will reportedly pay about $50 each time it docks its ferry in San Francisco. A company spokesman says they're "trying to find alternate ways to get Googlers to work" that don't inconvenience San Francisco residents.

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