The Mountain View Community Shuttle pilot program, now in its fourth year, has been extended through the end of 2019 at its current service level, with continued funding from Google Inc.
The free service, aimed at encouraging people to get around town and out of their cars, was originally set to expire this year. To date, it has transported more than 550,000 riders.
The shuttle is designed to connect residential neighborhoods to shopping destinations, downtown Mountain View, entertainment attractions, city facilities, medical complexes and recreation areas. Six electric shuttles run seven days a week, equipped with seating for 16 passengers, a wheelchair lift, space for two wheelchairs, Wi-Fi connectivity and bicycle racks.
The service has made annual improvements based on community feedback. In 2016, the schedule was simplified to connect to each of the 50 stops every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and every 60 minutes on weekends and holidays. In 2017, a real-time tracking component was added for riders to see where the shuttles are at any given time. The real-time tracking was updated this year with the Tripshot Rider app, which can also be used as a trip planner and enables riders to receive notifications on a mobile device.
Discussions on the future of the program, including funding and operations, are scheduled throughout 2019.
For more information, visit mvcommunityshuttle.com.