Bernal Resident Creates RidePal, a Private-Shuttle Alternative for Everyone Else

Lately we have been somewhat obsessed with the secret network of private shuttles that ferry Google, Apple, Yahoo, and eBay employees to and from San Francisco and Silicon Valley. But what if you commute down the Peninsula, but don’t work for one of those BigCos? Thanks to one of your clever Bernal neighbors, there’s a shuttle available for you too… and it even stops on Cortland.

The company is called RidePal, and it describes its service as a “Google shuttle for the rest of us.” They’ve gotten some nice write-ups in The New York Times and TechCrunch. Bernal neighbor Nathalie Criou is RidePal’s CEO, and she tells us:

We are launching a slightly modified set of routes so there will be FOUR RidePal stops that are suitable for Bernal Heights residents heading out to the Peninsula and South Bay.

Existing two stops:

  • Mission and Cortland to Downtown Mountain View and Middlefield
  • Cortland and Folsom to Downtown Mountain View and Middlefield

Two new stops:

  • Cesar Chavez and Valencia to Mountain View Shoreline and to Menlo Park
  • Cesar Chavez and Harrison to Mountain View Shoreline and to Menlo Park

Cost is basically the same as that of Caltrain and anyone can sign up on the website.

PHOTO: The RidePal shuttle on Cortland, by Nathalie Criou

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One Response to Bernal Resident Creates RidePal, a Private-Shuttle Alternative for Everyone Else

  1. I have a few questions that are not answered on the website: what is the route of the buses? What are their stops? How much does it cost? How much notice reservation notice is needed if I want to ride irregularly?

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