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1.3.16

BUS-TECH SHUTTLES CONTROVERSY * USA

* California - Tech buses to keep rolling another year in SF under deal

-- The corporate shuttle buses that transport thousands of workers to and from Silicon Valley every day will continue operating for another year, under a backroom deal finalized this week that limits the scope of the program... The negotiations included three members of the Board of Supervisors, David Campos, Norman Yee and London Breed, representatives of the major tech companies that use the shuttles, and Service Employees International Union Local 1021, which threatened to challenge the program through an environmental impact review unless the program was modified... On Monday, with the agreement finalized, SEIU withdrew its request for an environmental appeal... The deal caps the number of locations at which the buses can stop at the current 125. If the number of buses that stop at each location increases significantly, a mandatory air quality assessment would be triggered. And it requires the Municipal Transportation Agency and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority to study transitioning the program to a hub model, where riders would get on and off the buses at a set number of locations... 
(Photo by Paul Chinn/The Chronicle - A shuttle bus driven by Tracy Kelley pulls into a stop at Van Ness Avenue and McAllister Street to pick up Yahoo employees in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015)  --  San Francisco, CAL, USA - The San Francisco Chronicle, by Emily Green - February 23, 2016

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