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Months of tension around the use of  San Francisco’s public bus stops by Silicon Valley companies to transport workers finally led to action on Tuesday night, as the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) moved forward with its previously outlined plans to charge each bus $1 per stop, according to The Verge.

Reactions to the new rule are mixed at best: many opponents to the shuttles’ presence said that the $1 per stop charge is not enough to offset the delays private companies cause public busses, while Silicon Valley employees suggested that other conditions could push them to drive cars. Something tells me that this is far from over.

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  1. $1 per STOP? Private buses using public spaces should be paying $1 per PASSENGER. Let’s get this straight: the city is protecting the interests of relatively well-to-do tech professionals (or their extremely well-to-do employers like Google and Apple) at the expense of ordinary San Franciscans who may have no other choice but public buses for their transportation. The elitism here is overwhelming. This is a strategy tailor made to stimulate income inequality. And some tech workers are threatening to go back to their cars if they don’t get their way? “Elysium” anyone?

    1. $1 per passenger based on what? There are other commercial vehicles on the road that use way more resources and don’t pay that kind of fee. The reality is that San Francisco is a much better place now. It’s cleaner, safer, and the economic climate is better. All because of tech. Mission was awful before tech people took it over. Crime was double . Tech has made San Francisco a much better city. You don’t have any more rights to live here than anyone else. Why are you entitled to live in such a desirable location? If someone is willing to pay more, then tough luck .

    2. John Carlyle: Don’t breathe on me. Cover your mouth.
      John Carlyle: Does his skin fall off? Get him off the bed, I don’t want to replace the sheets.
      Secretary Delacourt: Activate Kruger

  2. $1 per STOP? Private buses using public spaces should be charged at least $1 per PASSENGER. The elitism here is overwhelming. The city is going to try to protect the interests of relatively wealthy high tech company employes (or the extremely wealthy companies themselves) at the expense of ordinary San Franciscans who may rely almost entirely on the public bus system to get around? This is a strategy tailor-made to increase income inequality. “Elysium” anyone?

  3. To say that San Francisco is “much better” with tech here is atrocious. I grew up in the Mission with my family. Crime had been going down WAY before tech companies and their employees moved in. It had nothing to do with that and more to do with a community that was lifting itself up slowly. The gentrification and changes I’ve seen in the Mission have been very sad to witness.

    Someone is willing to pay more because they make more, and they make more for many reasons that are completely unfair to the population that has made the Mission the amazing place it still strives to be today. I could go on and on about this subject, but as someone who’s lived in San Francisco for all of her life, I find it very offensive that anyone would say the Mission and San Francisco is a “much better” city today because of tech. San Francisco was great before tech, and it will continue to be great if/when it is long gone!

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