The Hidden Bus Routes of Silicon Valley and San Francisco ... Google Bus dominates!
Arthur Lozinski stashed this in Tech
Arthur, thank you for stashing this!
I guess normal public transportation isn't good enough for these people.
The fat yellow line of Google is like a giant middle finger to non-Googlers as if to say, "The people we're carrying are far too important to be associating with the rest of you."
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You are so right!! How come there isn't a more "multi-tenant" approach to this...?
I was wondering that, too.
Even Facebook, Google, and Apple pooling their resources with a single "startup bus" system would be better than this system where everyone is silo'd.
It's worth reading this page about it: http://stamen.com/zero1/
Public transit in the Bay Area is so bad that it's devolved into a Mad Max techno-libertarian sci-fi hell-scape, with citizens forced to hitch rides with romantic predators or just yacht to work. But if you work for a big tech company, you get a luxury charter shuttle. Sounds fair, right? SF is struggling to keep everyone happy.
The buses—white behemoths decked out with air conditioning and Wi-Fi—are a perfect symbol of Valley ego: fuck you and your commute, pedestrian, the Yahoo! engineers need to get to work. The private buses regularly stop (and obstruct) public stations, block intersections, and generally screw with the way municipal transportation is supposed to work in San Francisco. It makes a lot of people who are unfortunate enough to not work for Facebook feel very cranky.
So here's a solution, maybe, the San Francisco Chronicle reports:
Muni wants to share 100 of its stops with the growing swarm of private commuter shuttles, give priority to its own buses and charge a fee to the private operators in an effort to impose some order on the out-of-control industry.
Emphasis on "some" order. Using a public bus stop for private chauffeuring is illegal, and theChronicle says San Francisco's "approach so far has been a combination of looking the other way, trying to work out problems with shuttle operators and issuing citations." Now the city will formalize the system, wherein companies like Facebook use public infrastructure for entirely private purposes. A company perk becomes public policy.
The Google Bus angers people: