The Bay Area Council is leading a coalition of tech and other companies that is working with the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Authority to develop a plan for managing how private employer shuttles operate in the city. At a hearing this week to review the draft plan, the Bay Area Council called it a positive first step and outlined a number of areas for further discussion. With rapid employment growth, a growing number of sectors have turned to private shuttles to supplement public transit service between San Francisco and other parts of the region. In San Francisco alone, 35,000 residents use shuttles to get to work. With many shuttles using existing public transit stops, the MTA is trying to develop a framework to improve coordination and reduce potential conflicts. We look forward to working with MTA and the city to resolve a number of questions about the draft plan, including those related to dedicated stops, enforcement, and schedule coordination. The shuttles are estimated to eliminate 20 million vehicle miles of travel each year, reducing traffic and carbon emissions. To engage with us on this issue, contact Policy Manager Adrian Covert.

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