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Bad Choices, bad regulation, incompetence and corruption in San Francisco, California result in Inferior Public Transportation and more expensive…

Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:01
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Shuttle buses for technology companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter use 250 of the 2500 Muni bus stops in San Francisco. The Municipal Transportation Agency has proposed an 18-month test of a shuttle policy designed to support the private buses, which transport as many as 35,000 workers a day, mostly to and from tech companies in Silicon Valley, while reducing conflicts with Muni buses and establishing guidelines to help the private and public buses get along.

There was a fake outburst by a political activist protesting the technology company shuttle buses.

A San Francisco-area community activist ignited a small media firestorm Monday by posed as a Google employee angry at protesters for blocking his bus.

Max Bell Alper jumped off the blocked bus, yelled and cursed at demonstrators, and pretended to blame them for their concerns about housing costs and gentrification.

“This is a city for the right people who can afford it,” Alper yelled before nearby cameras. “You can’t afford it? You can leave.”

Paying over double for buses so that protected domestic bus makers and unions can benefit

32% of the buses in the US are sourced in California.

* China, South Korea, and Japan all produce more fuel efficient buses than U.S manufacturers
* buses in Tokyo and Seoul are half the price of U.S buses and buses produced in China are even cheaper
* While cynics might question the quality of China’s buses, it is notable that wealthy and well governed Singapore is importing buses from China
* U.S. tax payers face a higher price for subsidizing urban bus services and U.S owners of the domestic firms that produce the buses gain some monopoly rents. They also pay more for the increased fuel costs of less efficient buses
* 80% of bus costs are paid for by the federal government
* only 1.5% of buses are imported but 50% of cars are imported

The City of San Francisco has an $8 billion per year budget. There is an online budget allocation page where people can see what the choices are for the $3.14 billion that will be spent on San Francisco public transportation projects and maintenance from now to 2040. However the $46 billion spent on buses and operations could be drastically reduced or improved by allowing better buses to be procured at less than half the cost.


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