Tech company buses have been inundating San Francisco for years, abusing their bus stops without penalty and causing the gap between the rich and poor to widen even more. Animator Mark Fiore, enraged by the city's inaction toward the companies' infractions, has drawn up a new cartoon on the topic as well as a post full of useful background information:
Look out, Manhattan, here we come! With the once-mysterious giant gleaming white buses now embroiled in local controversy, San Francisco is becoming the national poster city for sky-high housing prices and income disparity.
The shiny commute buses used by Google, Facebook, Genentech and Apple have been cruising around the city for years now, generally using public bus stops to load and unload their valuable workers. Sometimes, though, a bus isn't just a bus. These buses represent a growing disparity between the haves and the have nots. The buses have multiplied and so has the outrage.
At the simplest level, it's outrageous that the city has been letting these corporate buses use public bus stops for free. I get a fat ticket if I park in a bus stop, why shouldn't Google and the others? But really, this is about much more than a commute bus program. The corporate bus controversy is really just the beginning of a conversation San Francisco, and every other city, must have about income disparities, affordable housing, the perils of privatization and livable cities. Enjoy the cartoon, like, comment and share it with the other white bus in the lane next to you!