New luxury bus for Bay Area commuters

March 3, 2009 8:40:47 AM PST
There is a new and luxurious way for commuters to get around the Bay Area. It's a bus with padded leather seats, TV screens, Wi-Fi and power plugs for laptops.SIGN-UP: Get breaking news sent to you

The bus service is called Wi-Drive, and with a bus like this - that's a good question - why drive?

The buses are aimed at the Mercedes and Lexus drivers who like comfort as much as they like the environment. It has all the luxuries of those up-scale cars, but with a driver - kind of like a shared limo ride. Wi-Drive will connect Marin, San Francisco and San Jose with just a handful of stops along the way - each located near big companies or transit hubs.

This service will also give San Francisco companies a way to comply with the city's new commuter benefits ordinance - requiring businesses with 20 or more workers to help those workers pay for some kind of mass transit. The bus ride is free this week, half price next week and full price the week after. It will cost $8.20 cents one-way, or about $7.40 one way if you buy a month's pass. They also serve coffee and a continental breakfast for an additional charge.

The bus holds 52 people and you can make reservations online at:

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