Thursday, February 27, 2014

Protest works! Google donates $6.8 million to fund free transit rides for San Francisco youth

The Verge: "Amid widespread protests over tech companies' use of public transit infrastructure, Google said today it would fund two years of free transit rides for San Francisco youth. The $6.8 million grant, which is said to be one of the largest private donations in the city's history, will fund the year-old Free Muni for Low Income Youth program. The cost of the program was previously paid by the city. More than 31,000 low-income youth, ages 5 to 17, have taken advantage of the program since it began a year ago."

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Drought slams California, response? Raise bus fares, get more cars on the road.

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Bakersfield Now: "BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — As the drought continues to threaten California's vast agriculture industry, politicians at the federal level continue to work on comprehensive legislation aimed at releasing water to farmers and communities."

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Muni planning to raise fares for public transportation

While the U.S. is plagued with flood and drought, the oil industry, through their trolls in government, want to raise fares on public transit to encourage more private car use. "SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- If you're a Muni rider, you could soon be forced to pay more to ride. A proposal will be presented at a public hearing on Tuesday that includes a hike in fares to meet budget goals."