San Francisco tech shuttle pilot program clears road block appeal

By Nick Statt : cnet – excerpt

The controversial “Google bus” pilot program will go ahead without the environmental review opponents appealed for, but now the tech industry backlash undercurrents at play may only intensify…

SAN FRANCISCO — The tech bus pilot program that would charge companies such as Google and Apple a fee for using municipal transit stops to shuttle workers down to Silicon Valley survived a heated attempt to stall its implementation Tuesday. After a nearly seven-hour public hearing, the appeal that would have thrown it back for environmental review was knocked down by a San Francisco Board of Supervisors ruling…

“Before we write those rules, we should know what we’re writing,” said appellant attorney Richard Drury. “That’s what CEQA tells us. When SFMTA wants to reroute its Muni buses, it does a CEQA and figures out where its route should be.” Ultimately, Drury’s arguments, and many others’, were to no avail… (more)

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