One of the challenges of starting a new job is figuring out unfamiliar traffic patterns. My new job with Jaunt VR takes me to downtown Palo Alto, which is a fantastic place to be. The office is a block from the train station. If only things were as simple as parking at the Mountain View Station in the morning and hopping the train. Unfortunately, unless you get to the station before 7:45a or so, parking is an issue (*). I drop daughter off between 8:00 and 8:15 every weekday.
Given all that, here are the route I’m considering, starting at daughter’s preschool and ending at the office:
Foothills Expy to Arastradero to Alma
Foothills Expy to Page Mill to Alma
280 to Arastradero to Alma
280 to Page Mill to Alma
85 to Evelyn to Caltrain Mtn View
Grant to Phyllis to Calderon to Caltrain Mtn View
Homestead to Sunnyvale-Saratoga to Caltrain Sunnyvale
Homestead to Mary to California to Caltrain Sunnyvale
85 to 101 to Embarcadero to Alma
85 to 101 to University
85 to El Camino
Grant to El Camino
Private helicopter from De Anza Park
I want to be a train guy; I’m just not sure about the parking situation in Mtn View in the morning, and I feel like Sunnyvale is too far in the wrong direction. I’m doing another recon mission tomorrow morning to check out Caltrain parking. Note that this isn’t even factoring in the various costs of these scenarios. Caltrain has station parking and train pass costs, while driving will incur gas, wear and tear, and Palo Alto parking costs.
* – Someone clued me in to a possible “hack” to this, but I need to confirm it tomorrow morning.
Photo courtesy Creative Commons and Flickr user nzdave.