Tag Archives: Google Buses

A map of discontinued tech shuttle stops, current tech shuttle stops to be continued and brand new tech shuttle stops, as proposed by SFMTA's 18-month pilot program.

SFMTA Pilot Offers Little Change in Tech Shuttle Map

When the SFMTA’s new pilot program to regulate tech shuttles starts in August, few will notice much change as the pilot program will shift the location of some stops but will keep close to the same number of stops operating in the Mission. According to a map of proposed stops released by SFMTA, the program will remove six existing tech shuttle stops from the neighborhood, but it...
A tech bus rides down Valencia Street. Photo by Lydia Chávez.

Transit Experts Weigh in on Tech Buses

To be less irksome to neighbors, they could be smaller and the routes could be restricted to larger streets, but transportation experts say the tech buses between San Francisco and Silicon Valley basically do a good job at what they do — effectively shuttling approximately 35,000 people a day and most likely keeping thousands of cars off the freeway. The...
Photo by Courtney Quirin.

Tech’s Response To Attacks: ‘Ugh’

“Ugh . . .” That was one Googler’s response to Mission Local’s questions about the tech bus protests in San Francisco — and that’s the Googler apparently in charge of handling media inquiries. The email underscores a larger trend: as some of the world’s largest tech companies have been thrown into a maelstrom of class warfare, broken bus windows and...
Portesters hold a sign in front of Apple bus at event on December 20. A bit more of a collaborative approach than in Oakland.

Tech Bus Protest Round 2; Apple This Time

For about 30 minutes Friday morning, around 100 anti-gentrification protesters blocked a commuter bus of Apple employees on the Western corner of Valencia and 24th streets from making its way to its Cupertino campus. As the crowd shouted, “Get off the bus, join us!” and “Whose city, our city,” one organizer admitted she wasn’t sure which company the protest was...
Protesters in front of an Apple bus on December 20. Photo by Dan Hirsch

Round Two: Activists To Protest Tech Bus Friday Morning

They’re back again. After attracting the national media spotlight this month by blocking a Google commuter bus in the city’s Mission District, housing rights activists showed up to once again protest a tech bus near the 24th Street BART station in San Francisco Friday morning. Organizers would only tell Mission Local on Thursday night that they’d target a bus from...
Workers put finishing touches on the exterior of revamped McDonald's on 24th and Mission streets.

24th-Mission McDonald’s Goes Fancy

The Google buses idling at 24th and Valencia have now been forever enshrined as the symbol of the money rolling through the Mission District in the city’s second tech boom. Parked just one corner over sits a just-as-potent sign that change is here: softly glowing iconic golden arches. Without fanfare or community protest or staged shouting matches, even the 24th and...
From December 2013

Google Wheels Roll On as Debate Continues

Monday’s protest that held up one private Google bus brought national media attention to the Mission and further intensified discussion about Silicon Valley’s impact on the Mission District and other San Francisco neighborhoods. For some within the company, the shuttle stop protest struck a personal chord. “We’re not all IPO’d, we’re not all millionaires, the cost of living is a...