Corporate Shuttles to Pay to Use Muni Stops

SAN FRANCISCO – Shuttle bus operators for Google, Facebook and other technology companies have agreed to pay San Francisco hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next 18 months to continue using spots reserved for public transportation.

The deal announced Monday comes following angry protests of buses carrying tech workers to and from Silicon Valley.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced an 18-month pilot program that will charge shuttle providers a daily fee based on the number of stops they make. For the largest carriers, Lee said, the fees will add up to tens of thousands of dollars monthly.

If approved by the Municipal Transportation Agency, the program will restrict the buses to 200 of Muni’s 2,500 bus stops and require them to yield to Muni buses and make room for other vehicles.

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