Amazon is well on their way to taking over Seattle and now they’re making sure employees outside of the city have easier access to get into their kingdom. The online retailing giant will debut a pilot commuter service on Monday as a way to make it easier for employees to commute to work.
Amazon Ride, as it’s known, will pick up commuters from Bellevue, Issaquah, and Redmond and take them to and from their South Lake Union campus as well as the new Doppler building in Denny Triangle. The buses will run six times in the morning and six times in the evening on twenty-minute intervals.
All full time and part time Amazon employees are eligible to use the commuter shuttles and all shuttles are dog-friendly. Riders can reserve their seat up to two weeks in advance via smartphone and even keep an eye on the shuttle’s impending arrival via GPS.
Amazon currently employs over 26,000 people in Washington state, most of whom work in Seattle. As the tech behemoth draws a lot of ire over traffic and housing issues in town, this is one way they can try to help alleviate them. Or at least make it that much more enticing for work there.