San Francisco to charge Google, others for bus stops use for employee shuttles
01/07/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
San Francisco – San Francisco is set to begin charging Google and other companies for use of public bus stops for employee shuttles. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the city also plans to regulate where the shuttles load and unload in response to reported traffic problems an influx of thousands of stops by private shuttle buses has created.
The issues caused by the shuttles, which transport thousands of workers to and from their place of employment, have led to protests in areas of the city where the shuttles are prevalent. Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Apple Inc. and other companies were joined by city leaders and Mayor Ed Lee early this week in announcing plans for a pilot program to charge fees based on shuttle provider stops.
David Chiu, president of the city’s Board of Supervisors, is quoted by the AP as stating of the plans, “In recent years we’ve seen a wild wild West on our streets…This is an important first step in bringing some order and rules to our roads, as well as asking our companies to pay a fair share of what it costs the city to maintain our streets.”
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