Not too long ago, we told you about protestors that stopped Apple and Google company shuttle buses as they tried to bring employees to work. The protestors were upset on a few issues, including how tech companies weren’t paying anything to use existing public transit stops and that the high salary employees (or “billionaire riders”) for these companies were driving up the cost of living in San Francisco.
It turns out the protestors had their voices heard, as yesterday the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) voted in favor of implementing a pilot shuttle bus program. The program will charge company shuttle buses $1 for every stop they make, leading to an estimated sum of over $100,000 to be paid each year by major companies like Apple and Google, with mid sized companies expected to pay roughly $80,000 per year.
The pilot program will launch in July and run for 18 months. All money generated from the program will be used to fund the program itself, covering administrative fees, enforcement etc…
We’re pretty sure that Apple won’t have too many problems paying that $100,000 a year.