[Ed. – But — they’re GREEN!]
The so-called “Google buses,” which transport tech workers from apartments in San Francisco to corporate campuses in Silicon Valley, have been hit by Occupy-style protests in recent days–and now, by new municipal fees.
On Tuesday, city officials in San Francisco approved a plan to charge tech companies $1 for every stop they make. The estimated cost to a medium-sized company, according to the L.A. Times, would be $80,000 per year. Tech employees often prefer to live in San Francisco to take advantage of a vibrant nightlife and dating scene often lacking in suburban communities near their workplaces, such as Palo Alto and Cupertino.
That, in turn, has driven up housing prices in San Francisco–which has also led to vigorous protests by left-wing groups.