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S.F. to charge operators of tech commuter buses for using public bus stops
Protests work! Even though the issues are far from settled, the bus blockades have forced progress.
Anti-Gentrification Bus Blockades Spread to Both Sides of the Bay
Google Buses Blocked in Oakland, Apple Bus Blocked in SF to Protest Rising Costs of Living
Mon Dec 30 2013 (Updated 01/04/14)
S.F. to charge operators of tech commuter buses
Updated 10:31 pm, Monday, January 6, 2014
Employee shuttle buses for Silicon Valley technology and Peninsula biotech firms, which have become a symbol of income disparity in San Francisco, will soon be charged for using public bus stops, city officials said Monday.
The agreement among the city, shuttle operators and the companies that use them had been in the works for months, but the issue took on added urgency in recent weeks as tenant advocates and other protesters blocked Google buses in San Francisco and Oakland. In San Francisco's Mission District last month, protesters blocked a bus carrying tech workers for about half an hour. Days later, demonstrators carrying a banner that read "F- off Google" broke a window of a bus at the West Oakland BART Station.