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Silicon Valley firms to pay fee for commuter shuttles amid tech backlash

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Jan
2014

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Franciscos transportation agency agreed on Tuesday to charge Google Inc, Apple Inc and other tech companies $1 every time one of their commuter shuttles uses a public bus stop, in a deal that seems unlikely to end the recent wave of technology industry-backlash among some residents. The commuter buses take about 17,000 passengers a day from their homes in San Francisco to dozens of technology companies based in Silicon Valley, south of the city. The 18-month pilot program, which the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency unanimously approved, comes as the buses have become high-profile targets to activists upset about rising housing prices. Hours before the meeting on Tuesday, protesters blocked two technology company buses in San Francisco, according to media reports.

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