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Apple workers get shuttle service, car wash

updated 05:45 pm EDT, Thu October 18, 2007

Apple shuttle, car wash

Apple is launching a free shuttle service for its employees on Monday to ferry workers between strategic points in the Bay Area and the Cupertino-based campus. The buses, which Apple is reportedly renting to provide transportation to its workers, will begin running on Monday, October 22nd. The shuttle service includes 12 stops in the city of San Francisco, several locations around Daly City, and numerous pickup/drop off points in Fremont. The high-tech buses provide seats with individual power connectors to run as well as charge notebooks while in-transit, and every bus comes equipped with Wi-Fi for internet connectivity. [Information was first noted by Italian site setteB.IT.]

Apple has also signed an agreement with Siteler Wash that will bring the automobile cleaning service to various parking lots at the Cupertino campus four times per week. The car wash will help keep clean vehicles belonging to those Apple employees who still wish or are forced to drive their own vehicles.

Vehicle owners who subscribe to the car wash program by December 21st will also receive gift certificates for future car washes, according to the report.




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  1. Johnny Niles

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    It's time to play...

    "How Many Greenpeace Lawsuits Will This Prompt?"

    Well for one, buses?! Buses pollute the atmosphere, there's one lawsuit. Car wash, well car wash solution contains chemicals, there's another lawsuit. And the car wash is for employees who drive to work, further polluting the atmosphere, so there's a third lawsuit.

    Then they'll sue Apple for not providing all their employees with hybrid cars.

  1. broohaha22

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    snarky snarkity snark

    blah blah blah nyah nyah nyah Greenpeace blah blah blah blah Apple blah blah blah blah

  1. Peter753

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Nonsense.

    Busing is considered Green compared to individuals driving cars. And you can't sue for anything but damaged you personally have incurred. Stop spewing nonsense.

  1. unity@mac.com

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Ummm

    I am pretty darn sure johnny niles was being sarcastic guys.

    But for the story, this is great for the employees! Love it!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Stupid..

    First, why is this news? Second, for a supposedly 'green' company, with a high-profile, environmentally concerned directory, offering a 'car wash' service? Luckily water isn't any kind of scarce resource in the West...oh, wait. There's is little you can do to waste water any more than wasting making your car all nice and shiny.

    But, if you notice, it doesn't say the service is free.

    As for the buses, do you think Apple will count time worked on the buses as work time? Or is it just a hope for them to get some more hours out of them?

  1. Johnny Niles

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Peter753

    You need your sarcasm detector adjusted. Seriously.

    Also, it's funny because Greenpeace is suing Apple for all kind of ridiculous things already, why not car washes and buses?

  1. jreades

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Bus Service

    Too bad more big companies haven't considered doing something like this (the bus service, not the car wash) since it is an easy way to go green. I particularly like the on board charging and WiFi (presumably connected to a 3G card).

    It sounds a lot like the Limo Liner (limoliner.com) that runs between New York and Boston. Having taken it twice now I can seriously say that I am unlikely to ever travel any other way again. Sure FungWa from Chinatown is cheap, but your odds of having an accident have seriously increased and no WiFi!

    I should also point out that Greenpeace has had a lot of success in getting Apple to change practices that were environmentally unfriendly. And if I remember correctly, their first campaign didn't involve any kind of lawsuit, just a lot of bad publicity.

    The new lawsuit also isn't *by* Greenpeace, it's by someone using their research (which turns out to have had a rather limited sample base).

    But you know what, it has worked (even if I'm not sure that it's the most long-term productive approach)! Apple changed. And now Greenpeace is able to point to the example it made of Apple and use it to threaten other manufacturers (i.e. Dell, HP) if they don't fall in line with the non-toxic product design.

    jon

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    carwash

    Commercial carwashes typically recycle and reuse their water -- using, on average, 80 percent less water than a person washing their vehicle at home. The amount of water used at a professional carwash is about as much as a person uses to take a morning shower. So, please, the next time you start bashing the commercial carwash industry, do some research. Your whining and complaining is almost as annoying as your ignorance.

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    hybrids?

    Apple isn't stupid enough to jump on the hybrid bandwagon (or maybe they are). What would make the most sense would be a Diesel vehicle for every employee, with cheap Biodiesel made from local restaurant waste yellow grease sold on campus to anyone with an Apple ID Card. THAT would be revolutionary.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: carwash

    Commercial carwashes typically recycle and reuse their water -- using, on average, 80 percent less water than a person washing their vehicle at home. The amount of water used at a professional carwash is about as much as a person uses to take a morning shower. So, please, the next time you start bashing the commercial carwash industry, do some research. Your whining and complaining is almost as annoying as your ignorance.

    But we're not talking a commercial car-wash operation. We're talking a car-cleaning operation set up in a parking lot. Do you think they're actually going to build full car-wash shops, with filters, regurgiators, and all the other fun stuff the commercial places have?

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