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News, The Snitch Should Lyft Drivers Be Excited About New Leasing Option Coming to SF?

Should Lyft Drivers Be Excited About New Leasing Option Coming to SF?

For as much as the gig economy is vilified in San Francisco and beyond, with earnings promises seemingly never living up to corporate assurances, it’s still an employment option used by thousands and thousands of folks every day. So any…
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News, The Snitch S.F.'s "Vision Zero" Isn't Stopping Bad Drivers, Or Hit-and-Runs

S.F.'s "Vision Zero" Isn't Stopping Bad Drivers, Or Hit-and-Runs

What we know following the deaths of two cyclists Wednesday in San Francisco is that both were biking legally, the streets are considered high-injury corridors, and advocates say the city isn’t following through on its Vision Zero promises to…
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News, The Snitch Facebook Workers Ditch Shuttle, Drive to Campus

Facebook Workers Ditch Shuttle, Drive to Campus

Are San Francisco’s notorious commuter shuttle activists driving more tech workers into cars? That probably sounds infuriating or laughable, but it could be true. “Facebook disclosed that their car commute trips had spiked in recent months, adding about 400…
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News, The Snitch It Didn't Go Well For the Proposed Uber Settlement Yesterday

It Didn't Go Well For the Proposed Uber Settlement Yesterday

It doesn't look great for the proposed $84 million settlement the lawsuit filed against ride-share giant Uber by the hundreds of thousands of its drivers, after the judge overseeing the case said Thursday the settlement gives him "serious concerns."  In…
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News, The Snitch Good Uber: Company Offering Car-Free Incentive to New Parkmerced Residents

Good Uber: Company Offering Car-Free Incentive to New Parkmerced Residents

It appears Uber, the convenient villain in the morality play of our lives, has actually done something good. The highly valuable gig economy giant is using its untold heaps of money and network of non-employee drivers to offer new residents of…
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News, The Snitch The Brief, Unsafe Traffic Reaction to the Frisco 5

The Brief, Unsafe Traffic Reaction to the Frisco 5

After the "Frisco 5" hunger strikers left their post in front of the Mission police station on Friday to go to the hospital  — where, the following day, their 17-day protest ended — barricades were quickly erected, blocking the…
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News, The Snitch BART's Train Supplier is Missing Deadlines, Losing Contracts, Seeking Bailout

BART's Train Supplier is Missing Deadlines, Losing Contracts, Seeking Bailout

The still-mysterious electrical surge that knocked out almost 10 percent of BART's fleet of rail cars could not have come at a worse time. (There is probably no good time; a less-awful time may have been, say, six years…
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News, The Snitch Report: With Eye on Self-Driving Cars, Uber Buys 100,000 Mercedes

Report: With Eye on Self-Driving Cars, Uber Buys 100,000 Mercedes

The word out of Germany today is San Francisco-headquartered Uber is buying 100,000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans — not for the world's largest and most obnoxious rap video ("I got 99 problems/but an employee ain't one"), but in order to…
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News, The Snitch The $3.5 Billion Reasons Why BART is Tweeting Honestly

The $3.5 Billion Reasons Why BART is Tweeting Honestly

BART is making nationwide news today — for at least some of the right reasons. On Wednesday night, following the first of what promises to be several days of hellacious commutes — thanks, it would appear, to a section…
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News, The Snitch Lyft Drivers Reject Settlement, Want Employee Status Instead of Cash

Lyft Drivers Reject Settlement, Want Employee Status Instead of Cash

Lyft drivers unhappy with their status as independent contractors say a recent $12.25 million settlement in an employment classification lawsuit merely allows the ride-hail app company to continue doing business as usual. Today, the Teamsters union is expected to…
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News, The Snitch Time Management: BART Willing to Pay You to Show Up Late to Work

Time Management: BART Willing to Pay You to Show Up Late to Work

It’s no secret that riders have been piling onto BART in record numbers in the past five or so years as the Bay Area, and San Francisco in particular, enjoys healthy economic activity. Social media is chock full of…
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News, The Snitch Great Success: Cyclists' Sensible Yet Illegal Behavior Rewarded (With Bike Lane)

Great Success: Cyclists' Sensible Yet Illegal Behavior Rewarded (With Bike Lane)

As anyone living west of Divisadero will tell you, navigating Page Street in the morning can be hairy. Traffic often backs up for blocks as you head down a long hill on the approach to Octavia Boulevard, where cars line…
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News, The Snitch Drivers with Uber, Official Super Bowl Partner, Plan Super Bowl Strike

Drivers with Uber, Official Super Bowl Partner, Plan Super Bowl Strike

Super Bowl 50 arrives bearing gifts for San Francisco. Hometown hero Uber, for example, is an official partner of the Big Game — which, according to Super Bowl Host Committee spokesman Nathan Ballard, means that Uber drivers can use…
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News, The Snitch Starting Today, Some BART Trains Will Have Even Fewer Seats

Starting Today, Some BART Trains Will Have Even Fewer Seats

Transit planners call it a “crush load,” but commuters know it as a typical rush hour on BART. With ridership levels at record highs, the agency is getting creative (or desperate) with space management aboard packed trains. Starting today,…
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News, The Snitch It Was a Disturbing Weekend for Public Transportation in the Bay Area

It Was a Disturbing Weekend for Public Transportation in the Bay Area

It was an atypically grisly weekend for public transit around the Bay. On Saturday evening, a BART passenger was shot dead on a train near the West Oakland station — a shooting whose chaotic aftermath was captured on cell phones…
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News, The Snitch GM Gives Lyft $500 Million to Beef Up Self-Driving Car Technology and Take On Uber

GM Gives Lyft $500 Million to Beef Up Self-Driving Car Technology and Take On Uber

Lyft — the ride-hail service that isn’t Uber — announced today that General Motors has invested $500 million in the company, thus closing Lyft’s latest venture funding round and bringing its new total valuation to $5.5 billion. That’s encouraging…
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News, The Snitch BART Raised Fares and Then Bored You Into Not Noticing

BART Raised Fares and Then Bored You Into Not Noticing

Christmas may be over, but our friends at BART are gifting us with a fare hike on Friday. Just what you wanted, right? Okay, it’s not quite a surprise; the increase was scheduled years ago, and details were announced…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Lee’s Demand to Make Tour Buses Safer Probably Won’t Work

Mayor Lee’s Demand to Make Tour Buses Safer Probably Won’t Work

The double-decker bus that lost control on Post Street a week and a half ago and injured 20 people may not be the most pressing public safety issue in the city (Vision Zero and lingering unease about PG&E gas…
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VIDEO: Union Square Bus Crash Could Have Been Much Worse

Last week's tour bus crash in Union Square — when 20 people were injured, six critically, after an out-of-control tour bus smashed into a construction site — was bad. But as the recently-released video of the double-decker tour bus…
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News, The Snitch Caltrans Admits More Roads Mean More Traffic and Your Commute Will be Hell for All Eternity

Caltrans Admits More Roads Mean More Traffic and Your Commute Will be Hell for All Eternity

Last month, Caltrans linked to a policy brief that sought to address whether more highways means less traffic congestion. Needless to say, the brief didn’t go viral, but it’s piquing curiosity as word gets out. Most state Departments of…
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