27 Feb '14, 8pm

[email protected] just bet that $6.8 million for Muni is enough to make the protestors leave its buses alone.

.@google just bet that $6.8 million for Muni is enough to make the protestors leave its buses alone.

Mayor Ed Lee just announced that Google plans to donate $6.8 million to the city in order to fund free Muni passes for low- and middle-income youth . It's a deal that has been rumored in City Hall circles for some time, and it looks like a big win both for the Mayor and for the tech firm. Not to mention the kids who'll get to keep hopping aboard mass transit for free. In recent years, the Municipal Transportation Agency pilot program has allowed about 40,000 kids aged 5-17 to ride Muni gratis. But at a price tag of $3 million a year, the MTA was set to decide whether the program should continue into the future. Google's donation is enough to fund the program for two years. At a time when both the mayor and Big Tech have been under heavy fire regarding displacement in the city, this move is a victory for both parties. But people aren't singing their praises just yet. Long-t...

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