San Francisco is a unique city in the United States, and with all the software and venture capital firms in and around the city, it’s no wonder that we have a few perks and amenities that other cities simply don’t have. Unlike other places in America, we haven’t had the luxury to spread out further and further, thanks to our unique geography. Instead, we’ve had to innovate and come up with compelling, elegant solutions that make it possible to be here, do what we do, and remain insanely productive, all while handling challenges that out-of-towners simply can’t fathom. (We can just hear the visitors now: “What do you mean I have to pay to park my car? Wait, what do you mean I have to plan time to drive around looking for a parking space? How do you get anything done?”) And the locals smile and nod knowingly and think to themselves, “That’s why I don’t drive.”

With a large part of the population not driving (because here, a car slows you down, not speeds you up), we’ve come up with other ways to get people from point A to point B. Whether that means getting to work on time, navigating the shopping experience, or simply visiting a friend, San Francisco has people covered, and we do it all with a vibrant hum of energetic positivity that makes people love to live here (most of the time, until that out-of-town driver gets in front of you).

One of the solutions that San Francisco businesses are implementing more and more is that of last mile shuttles. Smart corporations are figuring out that the smoother they make it for employees to transition between the last public transportation exit and the front door of your company, the more productive and positive employees will be during the work day. Last mile shuttles are a simple solution that is a no-brainer for any company whose employees have to travel that “last mile” between the nearest public transportation stop and your job site. No, it may not be a full mile, but giving people a lift for that short distance can be a big deal. Here are some of the benefits of implementing last mile shuttle service in San Francisco.

1. Last mile shuttles make it faster and easier for people to get to work

Your bottom line depends on employees getting to work. While it’s true that the main responsibility rests on every individual employee to figure out how to get to work, the best companies proactively look for ways to streamline this process and make it as foolproof as possible.

This reduces friction and frustration for both parties. When the employee is late to work, two people are unhappy: The employer is upset and the employee is stressed. When the employee is on time to work, both parties are happy.

How do last mile connections help with this? Just before it’s time to show up to work, a shuttle bus makes a scheduled stop at each of the nearest public transit stops to meet your employees who have congregated there. They board the shuttle and ride in comfort the rest of the way to work, enjoying air conditioning and wifi. When you consider that for most people the only alternative would be to walk, you can easily see how much faster and easier it will be for people to get to work.

Curious to know what stops to consider for your last mile shuttle service to make? Here are some of the popular choices:

  • BART
  • CALTrain
  • Ferry
  • SamTrans Bus stops
  • Muni Bus/Metro Stops

2. Last mile shuttles save people from boarding a secondary form of transportation

Any time a rider has to switch between one form of transportation and another, there’s invariably a period of “dead time” where they have to stand around and wait for the next bus (or other vehicle) to arrive. “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

If your employees have to switch between or one or more different forms of transportation (or even between one or more lines on the same type of transit), they are losing valuable time in the process, and at the end, they still won’t get dropped off at your door. Change the ending of this story. When you get a custom solution that picks them up at the nearest transit stop and delivers them straight to your building, you will be enabling your employees to save valuable time every day. They’ll lose less time, arrive less frazzled, and hit the ground running when they walk in the door.

3. Last mile shuttles reward and encourage punctuality

A professional arrives to work on time, and when you cultivate punctuality, you cultivate professionalism in your workforce. This lets you reap far more benefits than simply facilitating people’s trip to work. You also promote the kind of positive qualities in your employees that will make them better workers in all areas. When people make “being a professional’ part of their identity, then they will begin to pursue all the things that go along with that identity, and they’ll begin to make progress on implementing them.

There are few things more frustrating than trying to arrive punctually and having one obstacle after another stand in your way.

  • The car wouldn’t start.
  • The bus was late.
  • I tripped on the sidewalk and had to tend to a bloodied knee.
  • I dropped my briefcase and the wind blew my papers everywhere.
  • I forgot my transit pass and had to buy a single ticket.

OK, you’ll still probably hear some excuses of the “dog-ate-my-homework” variety for why people couldn’t arrive on time to work, but implementing a last mile transportation solution will reduce these kinds of complaints. Your employees will see that you’re doing your utmost to make it easy for them to be punctual, and you’ll hear fewer excuses for why they didn’t make it in on time.

4. Last mile shuttles encourage people not to drive

We all have our part to do for the planet, and reducing emissions every day is a small (but impactful) way to do this. Anything that we can do to cut down on the number of hours that cars are driving on the road is a contribution to this effort. If your employees are used to hailing a uber or other ride-sharing option when they get to the last public transit stop before reaching the office, that’s a whole lot of individual vehicles driving that distance. Why not replace that with a shuttle that carries everyone at once? Your employees will keep a few more dollars in their pocket, and the planet will come out just a little cleaner.

5. Last mile shuttles get people out of the rain

We have great weather here in San Francisco, but it does rain some of the time, and no one wants to walk in to the office soaking wet. Even if there’s just a fine drizzle, you get a whole line of droplets up the back of your legs when your feet pick up water from the ground. That’s no fun, and what if you have to meet a client? That Uber ride is starting to look pretty attractive after all.

A last mile shuttle lets people walk in rested and refreshed rather than flustered and annoyed. Don’t let the rain get your employees’ spirits down to start the day off wrong.

6. Last mile shuttles improve morale

You’d be amazed how much of a difference in morale it can make when you implement a last mile connection service. This one generous step will alleviate the exertion that your employees have to make while getting to work, and that will evoke a feeling of gratefulness in your workforce. (It can also make it easier to attract top talent). The moment an employee starts feeling grateful, they stop feeling critical. This boost in happy emotions can help to spike morale and positivity throughout your workforce, as it will be easy for everyone to see how this benefits them.

Instead of leaving the house 30 minutes earlier in order to catch the earlier train, only to spend 10 minutes of dead time waiting for the second form of transportation to arrive, that new dad will get that much more time with his kids.

Instead of lugging a heavy briefcase from the last bus stop to the office and arriving breathless and sweaty, that executive will walk in the door refreshed and rested.

Instead of wearing a rain-friendly outfit and carrying a change of clothes and shoes to put on at the office, that secretary will be able to go ahead and dress up nicely at home on rainy days.

These kinds of thoughts will fly through people’s minds as they absorb the implications to them of having a last mile shuttle to ride to the office, and a sense of relief and anticipation will wash over them even as you make the announcement that you’re implementing this. You’ll enjoy a boost of morale and all the secondary effects that come with it, such as a reduction in complaining and negativity, a surge of creativity, and a more productive month overall.

Call Professional Charter Services To Start Your Last Mile Shuttle Service

When you need a last mile shuttle in San Francisco, contact Professional Charter Services. We can implement a solution that’s custom-built for your needs, your office hours, and the ways your employees arrive to work. There’s a reason why companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook are using company shuttles to take people to and from work. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never look back. Getting started is simple: just contact us and ask for a quote! We look forward to serving you, so contact us today.