Google To Fund City Kids’ Bus Rides

Move seen as first in efforts to placate San Francisco's working class residents

By Carla Murphy Mar 04, 2014

And you get a car! And you get a car! OK, so it’s not nearly the same as Oprah gifting free wheels to her studio audience but, global behemoth Google will cover two years of mass transit for 31,000 working-class kids in San Francisco. Google is the city’s second largest tech employer. The $6.8 million dollar donation comes, notes the Chronicle, "as tech companies are facing a backlash from city residents upset about rising housing costs, gentrification, a wave of evictions, and perceived aloofness from those companies and their employees."

Through the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the money will extend the life of an existing pilot program, originally won in 2012 by grassroots organization, People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER)

Google and city leaders appear to agree that the donation is a first step.

(h/t San Francisco Chronicle)