Google buses vs. San Fran govt.

Google buses vs. San Fran govt.

You would think San Francisco’s government would applaud Google for the company’s private buses, which whisk employees around the city. The buses reduce congestion and pollution in the City on the Bay, two big goals of the city government.

When you go to S.F., you notice that all the cabs are required to be low-emission vehicles, such as hybrids.

But government monopolies don’t like competition. The Chronicle reports:

“San Francisco’s transportation agency on Tuesday imposed fees and restrictions on Google buses and other corporate commuter shuttles, but the move is unlikely to stop the protests or quell the animosity fueled by the sleek private buses.

“The Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors voted 5-0 with one member absent to charge the corporate shuttles a fee of $1 per day per stop, prevent them from using some of the busiest Muni bus stops and require them to yield to public transit vehicles.”

What they ought to do is privatize the MTA, while allowing competition from any competing bus companies. But then that would eliminate the perks and power of being government bureaucrats.

As Dr. Ray Stanz says in “Ghostbusters”:

“I’ve worked in the private sector. They expect results.”


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  1. Donkey
    Donkey 23 January, 2014, 10:19

    When the RAGWUS feels threatened their machine starts to roll on those they perceive as competition, or perhaps they were looking for a backdoor tax on a lively private sector business. Regardless, the feeders of the RAGWUS are always looking for new ways to (Chaz Steals) from the private sector money machine. 🙂

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 23 January, 2014, 18:47


    Check your meds!

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  3. Donkey
    Donkey 23 January, 2014, 20:28

    UU, the Donkey takes no “meds” in any form. The RAGWUS is always looking for ways to steal from the private sector taxpayers!! 🙂

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    • SeeSaw
      SeeSaw 24 January, 2014, 10:50

      Maybe that’s your problem, Donk. You don’t have the ability to recognize the fact that all the citizens, including public sector workers, are taxpayers–maybe you need meds to realize that.

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  4. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 24 January, 2014, 09:49

    A private citizen cannot use the bus stops that are maintained by the government for the public busses, and Google should not even be able to use those stops, period–regardless of any fees involved. It is commendable that Google has that service for its employees. Google is awash in billions, so there is no need to worry over them about those little fees. I would recommend that Google go further and rent dedicated spaces from the City for its stops. Then it would show that they really are dedicated to their employees.

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  5. billyBS
    billyBS 24 January, 2014, 16:25

    Taxes are to pay the publice sector to pay taxes, Round and round we go. Hire more public sector employees to increse tax collections. WTF.

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