Group sues San Francisco to stop company shuttles

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP)

A group of transportation activists has filed a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco seeking to block commuter shuttles from using Municipal Railway bus stops, a practice that has sparked protests by residents.

The group, a coalition including Service Employees International Union Local 1021, filed the lawsuit Thursday over concerns that the shuttles – used by companies such as Google, Apple and Genentech – have caused an increase in highly paid workers into the city, driving up housing costs.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has said more than 35,000 private shuttle boardings occur each day.

The lawsuit follows a failed appeal by the plaintiffs to stop a pilot program by the San Francisco transit agency to charge companies $1 per stop per day to use public bus stops.

The program, which is set to begin July 1, will allow private shuttles to use about 200 bus stops.

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