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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Google Donates $6.8 Million to San Francisco So Low-Income Students Can Ride the Bus Free

Low income students riding bus

San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency, known as MUNI, received a gift recently from technology giant Google. Google recently pledged $6.8 million over two years to provide free bus transportation for San Francisco's low- and moderate-income youths.

The gift is much appreciated by San Francisco residents living in one of the most expensive cities in the country. However, just as soon as the announcement was made, it also raised questions as to whether or not there would be a similar type of support for the city's low-income seniors and disabled.

Senior citizens have rallied for support, pointing out the hardship incurred by increased bus rates, which went from $10 in 2009 to $23 in 2013. So far, there has been no indications that Google or any other company is considering a pledge to support bus service for this segment of the population.

Currently, the Google donation is targeted toward low-income youth in the 5-17 age group. However, the pressure to include senior citizens and disabled residents of San Francisco will no doubt continue since other California cities such as San Jose already offer free bus service for seniors.

The bigger question is why aren't other major corporations doing this in other cities where there is a need.

For more details, visit www.sfmta.com


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