By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt
A pilot program meant to ease crowding on BART may face a stumbling block from an unlikely source: Google.
The search-engine giant recently acquired a core technology company, Urban Engines, that provided the backbone of the BART Perks Program — but well before the end of the program pilot Tuesday, Google quietly prepared Urban Engines to end its partnership with BART, according to public records obtained by the San Francisco Examiner.
In the communications obtained by a public records request, transit officials said the perks program successfully eased some crowding on BART trains during crushing commutes…
“Google has decided not to continue with commuter incentives programs,” wrote Dave Parker, a deployment engineer at Urban Engines, to BART Principal Planner Ryan Greene-Roesel and Jia Tong, staff at a Singapore-based transportation program, in November 2016… (more)