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San Francisco denies appeal over employee shuttles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco officials have shot down an environmental appeal meant to stall a program allowing private employee shuttles operated by tech giants such as Facebook and Google to pay to use public bus stops.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/PhELs4) transportation officials voted late Tuesday to deny the appeal, which said the city did not properly examine potential environmental impacts from the buses.

The shuttles, which transport thousands of workers each day around the city and to Silicon Valley, have for some become a symbol of economic inequality and rising housing costs and evictions in San Francisco.

The newspaper says opponents could still go to court over the 18-month pilot program, which is set to begin in July and would allow shuttles with permits to stop in certain red zones for $1 per stop per day.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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