From the folks at Midnight Express:

 I am writing you to let you know about our brand new bus transportation service for those who enjoy a night out in San Francisco but want to get home to the South Bay after last call. It is called MidnightExpress.

Currently, there is a huge hole left by the public transportation providers during the late-night hours. People who live in Silicon Valley or San Jose and travel to the city for a night out have to make it to the Caltrain station before midnight or they are stuck getting a hotel room, crashing on a couch, paying an exuberant amount for a taxi/uber/lyft or end up driving home after drinking. Our new transportation service will solve this problem. We are providing affordable, safe and comfortable transportation back south on premium motor coaches.

Our first bus will be running this upcoming weekend (12/20); leaving at 2 a.m. from the 4th St. Caltrain Station. It will drop off at Caltrain stations in Palo Alto, Los Altos and Mountain View. We plan to quickly add more buses, departure times and pick-up/drop-off locations to better serve our customers as we grow.

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  1. Do people just not know that SamTrans runs buses all night down the peninsula? It’s weird to not mention it at all…