Google donates $6.8 million to Muni
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Looking to stop San Franciscans’ stooping so low as to use Bing, Google announced Thursday that it is donating enough money to cover Muni’s free passes for youth program for the next two years. SFGate has the details:
The donation, the largest ever from a nongovernment entity to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, will fund an existing pilot program that allows low- and middle-income San Francisco kids ages 5 to 17 to ride Muni for free. It costs about $3 million a year. So far, more than 31,000 youths have registered and received passes.
It comes as tech companies are facing a backlash from city residents upset about rising housing costs, gentrification, a wave of evictions, and perceived aloofness from those companies and their employees.
LOL, that’s putting it mildly. Read the rest of the story at SFGate.
Unless you’ve been living under one of those rocks that don’t come with WiFi, you know that those large shuttle buses kickin’ it at Muni stops all over town have been, uh, stirring up quit a shitstorm. Will Google’s gift to San Francisco and Muni cause you to feel any differently?