Operations

Bay Area Shuttles Clog Streets

Posted on November 28, 2007 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

SAN FRANCISCO — Shuttles taking Bay Area workers to and from work in Silicon Valley have been breaking the law by making unlicensed curbside pickups, according to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA.)

MTA police and parking-control officers said they have been handing out citations recently because the shuttles linger too long, blocking loading zones, taxi stalls, and bus stops throughout San Francisco.

Deputy Chief Antonio Parra said he has attempted several meetings with Google, eBay, PayPal, and Yahoo, but they have yet to work out a solution. Instead, parking-control officers continue to tag the shuttles and the chauffeurs continue to idle.

“We’re trying to coordinate, rather than sit there ticketing,” Parra told MTA board of directors in early November.

The shuttle buses have caused a few problems since they started operating in San Francisco in 2006. Neighborhood residents complain of noise and traffic in relatively quiet enclaves such as Noe Valley, where many tech employees live.

But for San Francisco’s paratransit community, the presence of shuttles is more than just an inconvenience; it often makes boarding city-approved shuttles a chore.

Bob Planthold, a local paratransit activist, said it’s difficult for wheelchair users or the blind to navigate around the massive buses when there is a backup at the pickup site. He said the worst areas include Eighth and Market streets, Gough and Sacramento streets, Union and Fillmore streets, 24th and Church streets, and 24th and Dolores streets.

San Francisco never actually granted permission for the shuttles to make curbside stops, but many of the corporations contract transportation tasks with companies such as Bauer’s limousine service. These drivers have a license that makes their stops legal.

But several of the shuttles are full-size buses capable of transporting dozens of employees. Google spokeswoman Sunny Gettinger said she hasn’t heard any complaints from MTA. Google already changed one of its routes because of noise complaints in Noe Valley.

“We do make every attempt to work with the community to address the issues,” she said. “We are taking over 1,200 cars off the road every day in the Bay Area. We’re trying to make it easier for people to live in San Francisco and still work for Google.”

SOURCE: The Examiner

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Anti-Trump Protesters Block Uber Headquarters

The TNC's CEO Travis Kalanick is one of several technology executives who's part of the president's Strategic and Policy Forum.

Toronto Operator Emphasizes Occasions

WebXclusive: Ash Fadil works to provide experiences that will have his clients coming back for more than just one special event.

What Judges Look For In OOY Award Entries

Read up on what some contenders have already submitted in their running to become an Operator of the Year.

Atlanta Operator Supports Strength In Numbers

Chad Casey knows industry involvement is a must when discovering new affiliates.

Chauffeur Retention Made Easy: Show You Care

WEB-X-CLUSIVE: The key to happy employees is understanding what they mean to you and your business.

See More News

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (0)

Post a Comment

Submit

Blogs

See More

See More

See More

See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - January 2017 $12.95 THE MONEY ISSUE COVER STORY: * Dashboard Helps Steer Company Finances * *



Connect

Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close