Tensions over tech shuttles live on, surprisingly or unsurprisingly depending on where you stand on the "San Francisco has been destroyed" vs. "all change is good change" spectrum. And now anti-shuttle and anti-eviction activists are continuing their effort to litigate the issue as the reach of tech shuttle buses expands citywide. As the Examiner reports, the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and several other litigants including activist Sara Shortt are now suing the city as well as several tech companies who sponsor the private shuttles for their employees in order to get a full environmental impact study to happen looking into the local impacts of the Commuter Shuttle Pilot Program.
Over a year ago the same groups and activists filed suit against the city declaring that the entire program was illegal, and it appears that suit has been abandoned in favor of this one.
The Board of Supervisors approved the 18-month pilot program in January of 2014, and now the groups appear to be pushing for an in-depth review of the program, as it continues to expand beyond the pilot stage.
Per the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and the SFMTA, there have been 20 new shuttle stops added so far this year, including along Arguello Boulevard in the Richmond and on Monterey Boulevard to the south. From the SFMTA's standpoint, "The pilot program is working to make the transportation network that much more efficient," and adding new stops in the western and southern ends of town serve to "increase the geographic diversity of the network or entice shuttles away from high traffic areas."
But activists say there is a strong correlation between the cost of housing and the availability of this corporate transportation a fact that real estate brokers in the Mission have anecdotally confirmed for a couple years now. The lawsuit hopes to get city officials to acknowledge this fact.
Meanwhile, the drivers of this army of shuttle buses continue to lead sub-par existences, and the Chronicle just profiled one 53-year-old driver, Scott Peebles, who is currently homeless and living out of his car. He's one of several drivers who have been part of a Chronicle investigation as a group of 180 of them, all employed by Compass Transportation and serving a variety of tech companies, continue to negotiate for higher wages with the help of the Teamsters.
Below, the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project's map of new tech shuttle stops added in 2015, along with those already established in 2014 and before.
Previously: Group Files Suit Against City Over Google Buses