San Fran: Should Google Be Allowed to provide FREE Bus Rides for Its Employees–or do UNIONS Control All Transportation

By Stephen Frank   – excerpt

City Attorney’s office tries to stall Google Bus trial hearing 

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodrigue, SF Examiner, 3/15/15

Petitioners of a lawsuit against San Francisco’s commuter shuttle pilot program last week challenged a motion by the City Attorney’s Office to have more time to respond to the suit.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency created the pilot program last year to study the impact of the so-called Google Buses, private shuttles that transport tech workers to campuses around the region. The buses have attracted ire in San Francisco as symbols of tech-industry gentrification.

The Coalition for Fair Legal and Environmental Transit filed suit last year against Google, Apple, shuttle providers and The City to stall the program, alleging they failed to study impacts of exhaust in the air and stress on the asphalt. They also argue rents skyrocket near the shuttle stops, displacing people with the luck of living near them.

Last Wednesday’s filing came as Superior Court Judge Garrett L. Wong was on vacation. The trial is set for June, but the City Attorney’s Office pressed for a key pre-trial hearing on March 27 to be pushed back.

Wong will hear arguments Monday for rescheduling the hearing.

The effort to delay the hearing coincides with a State Assembly committee hearing on AB61, a bill which would legalize aspects of the commuter shuttle pilot program statewide. Approval by the committee may add legitimacy to the city attorney’s arguments that the pilot program is allowable, some insiders said…

… the bill’s language may in fact aid the petitioners’ case since it acknowledges that aspects of the shuttle pilot program are illegal… (more)

When you displace and inconvenience a majority of the population in order to privilege a minority group, you will not be welcome.  How many shuttles can San Francisco residents take?

Commuter Shuttle Pilot Launches Today

San Francisco’s Commuter Shuttle Pilot program launches today. Approved in January, this 18-month pilot will test sharing a limited network of specifically selected Muni zones with permitted commuter shuttles. For the first time, commuter shuttle pick-up and drop-off locations will be regulated.

The SFMTA has created a network of zones for permitted shuttles to use. The designated network of is comprised of shared Muni zones and Commuter Shuttle permit-only white zones. Check out the pilot network as a map or in list form.  Signage on shelters or bus poles indicates which zones are included in the pilot network.

Commuter shuttles with permits will bear placards on the front and rear of their vehicles. Placards include unique 5-digit number that will help SFMTA resolve questions and complaints.

Feedback is important!
Please let us know if you see:
·         Shuttles using stops outside of the network
·         Unsafe behavior
·         Shuttle use of restricted streets
·         Locations where conditions are improved

Please provide location, time, direction, placard number, photograph (if possible) to help us follow up appropriately.

Use the 311 e-form to submit feedback.

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