Google workers commuting from San Francisco to the company's campus in Mountain View can now make the trip on an 83-foot, Wi-Fi-equipped catamaran.

Google has launched a free ferry service from San Francisco's ferry terminal to the Port of Redwood City, where employees can hop a private bus to work.

The chartered ferry can carry up to 150 passengers. Google is hoping to defuse a controversy over the shuttle buses that several Silicon Valley companies use to carry thousands of employees to work from San Francisco and the East Bay.