Given Elon Musk’s big ideas about transportation, his take on office TDM can seem fairly lacking. A Wall Street Journal article recently documented his factory’s parking crush situation, which, Tri-State Transportation Campaign notes, is just a half-mile from a new BART station:
Tesla’s corporate office in Palo Alto, just across the bay from Fremont, is backed up against @37.3947057,-122.1525191,938m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x808fb075776f1c3b:0xccc17e4da6b38370!8m2!3d37.3947057!4d-122.1503251">a swath of nature preserves, golf courses, and horse-riding pastures. While on one hand, this would seem like a pretty lousy location if you don’t have a car, on the other hand, it’s served by five different Valley Transit Authority (VTA) bus lines. That’s not going to be the easiest or most efficient commute option for many Tesla employees, but it could be a more attractive option for some if the company were to provide incentives to use transit (and a disincentive to drive). And if it’s not already doing so, the company should be running shuttles to help employees make the “last-mile” connection from nearby transit stops, like the CalTrain stations at California Avenue and San Antonio (both three miles away) and perhaps even the terminus of the VTA light rail in downtown Mountain View (five miles away).