Google offers electric shuttles for pilot program

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Updated: 7/23/2014 11:54 am

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is proposing to fund four electric shuttles that will provide free transportation for residents of Mountain View, in a two-year pilot program that could be extended.

The San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday that the City Council is expected to approve the plan in September. If it does, Google aims to have the buses running by late October.

City Manager Dan Rich says the main purpose of the shuttles will be to help residents and visitors access nearby recreational areas. He says eventually they could help connect workers at the Google headquarters to downtown.

The proposed routes for the four shuttles haven't been disclosed.

Google is the largest employer in Mountain View, with more than 20,000 employees at its main campus and other buildings.

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