How to Tell if you Need Last Mile Shuttles
If you are a company in Silicon Valley or the San Francisco Bay area, you may have considered the possibility of implementing a last mile shuttle service to get your employees to work. Last mile shuttle service is a solution that meets your employees at the ferry, the nearest public transit stop, or the last drop-off point where they can’t get any closer to the office without walking. They board the last mile shuttle and ride in comfort to the workplace rather than arriving all hot and sweaty (or wet and soggy) after walking the remaining distance to the office. It’s a great concept, and more and more of the local area businesses are doing this. But how do you know if it’s for you? Here are some of the top ways that you can tell if you need a last mile shuttle provider.
1. You have employees who don’t drive their cars to work
San Francisco is one of the unique places in the United States where it’s almost more hassle to own a car than the benefit that it gives you. If you live in the city, you can easily get all your everyday errands done without having a car, so lots of people do this. Your employees who don’t drive cars will have to take public transportation to work, and they will have to find a way to get the “last mile”
2. You are located far from the nearest transit stop
You don’t have to be a literal, 5280-foot mile away from the nearest transit stop for it to be a worthwhile thing to implement a last mile shuttle. Even a short distance of 200 yards from the nearest bus stop can be a 3-minute walk, which could be pretty uncomfortable in a downpour. Your employees will be grateful to trade their walk of any distance for a comfortable ride in an air-conditioned coach.
3. Some employees regularly take a taxi
If you notice that employees regularly show up at work in a Uber, Lyft, or other taxi—despite riding most of their way to work on public transportation—it’s a sure sign that a last mile shuttle would be a welcome solution. If people are overcoming the problem of getting to the office by paying for their own ride, that’s going to cost them a lot of extra money per month. In this economy, a last mile shuttle will be a sure-fire winner to delight your employees and put a few dollars back in their pockets.
4. You have employees with health issues
Not everyone is in perfect health. There is a large number of people who are well enough to work (and they have to keep working to provide for their livelihood) but their health presents a big challenge. If someone is struggling with physical issues, it will be difficult for them to walk even a short distance to work. Anyone who is fighting against fatigue, inflammation, or chronic pain will have a hard time navigating distances that are simple for some people, and the cost of their energy expenditure can take a toll on their productivity for the rest of the day. A last mile shuttle can save them from expending that energy on walking to the office after the last public transport stop, ensuring that they can offer more of their best work once the shift starts.
5. You want to attract top talent
If you want to attract top talent, you need to have extremely strong employee perks, and a last mile shuttle is one of these amazing offerings. Employees will see the last mile shuttle as a sign that you’re serious about their well-being, and they’ll appreciate the fact that you’re doing everything possible to facilitate their movements, rain or shine.
6. You are located outside the city
A lot of the thriving companies here in the Silicon Valley are located outside the city limits of San Francisco, as there’s simply more opportunity for office space further away from the city. You have your office space in the suburbs, but your employees live downtown in the city (where they don’t use cars). They can easily get from their house to the nearest transit stop, because in San Francisco, the nearest transit stop is never very far away. However, public transit doesn’t serve all areas equally. They can’t easily get from the last transit stop to the office. There’s the problem. Even if they do have an available transfer that gets them closer to the office, waiting on that bus might eat up valuable time that adds a heavy burden to their daily commute. You make things faster, easier, and smoother for them when you simply pick them up in a shuttle and bring them the rest of the way to the office.
7. You are located inside the city
We’ve already established that transit stops are numerous inside the city, but a last mile shuttle service can still be a valuable offering for the companies that are downtown. Whether your parking lot is far away, you have multiple people using the ferry and want to save them a transfer, or you simply want to streamline everyone’s day, a last mile shuttle can pick people up at all the different places where your employees are waiting and transport them safely to your doors.
8. You have employees using multiple different transit types
Some people ride the ferry to get to work. Some people take BART or the CalTrain. Others drive their own personal vehicles. Still others might ride a bicycle or use other ride-sharing alternatives. For the people who are on public transportation, ow do you coordinate all the ways that your employees might be arriving to work? Simple. You just look at what time your workday starts, what time the various ferries, buses, and trains will be arriving, and then send a shuttle to all of those different sites in order of arrival time. You can get way more complex and fancy and build an app and track passengers and so forth, but you don’t really need to. You just need your shuttle to be waiting when all the passengers spill out of the doors. Your employees will make a beeline for their shuttle, and they’ll ride to work in peace. Simple.
9. You’re tired of the system failing you
Construction. Mechanical failure. Breakdowns. Delays. Overloaded infrastructure. If multiple failures of the public transportation system have caused your employees to arrive late to work, it’s not necessarily their fault. While most employees will plan some “buffer” time into their commute because of how unpredictable things can be, it’s not always possible to account for every contingency. The local public transit system is already at capacity, leading to a lot of headaches when something breaks down. Rather than having your employees wait for a bus that might be running late (and won’t even get them all the way to your office), why not simply pick them up at the closest transit stop and eliminate the guesswork?
Get a quote for Last Mile Shuttle Service
Implementing last mile shuttle service doesn’t have to be complicated. When you contract it out to Professional Charter Services, we’ll make sure that you’re well taken care of. We can help you think through the logistics of a last mile shuttle, ensure that it’s affordable, and design it to fit your best interests. Getting started is easy! Simply contact us and ask for a quote. We’ll be happy to help. Contact us today!
The Benefits of Last Mile Shuttle Service
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:
- 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.