Between June 2014 and July 2015, the number of shuttle bus stop events in San Francisco increased by 46 percent, from 2,032 to 2,978. According to the SFMTA, there are now 205 shuttles in operation in San Francisco, traveling 118 routes.
Blue circles on the map indicate 2014 stops, which are layered upon 2015 stops indicated by red circles, so that you can observe the increase. You can deselect layers to only observe 2014 or 2015 stops as well.
In previous mapping research, we have found that between 2011 and 2013, no-fault evictions increased 69% within 4 blocks of private shuttle stops, as real estate becomes more valuable when advertised in proximity to these stops.
As a 2014 study by Danielle Dai and David Weinzimmer found, tech bus stops does impact residential choice in location. As they found via survey, 40% of tech workers who utilize these private buses would move closer to their place of employment should the program discontinue. As they found, of their respondents, "over half (57%) live less than a 10-minute walk from their shuttle stop, and 76% are within a 15-minute walk. The majority (80%) walk to their stop."
Clearly a more comprehensive study of impacts is in order before making this program permanent, and yet it is being fast tracked into fixity without comprehensive impact review by the City, amidst an eviction and housing crisis.
There have been roughly 20 new stops and other alterations imposed since 2014 by the SFMTA.
These stops do not appear in the latest list but were established in a 6/5/15 SFMTA hearing:
Sue Vaughan, along with Sarah Shortt of the Housing Rights Committee, Service Employees International Union Local 1021, and others have sued The City, the SFMTA, and multiple tech companies, demanding an environmental review of the pilot program.
The trial on the program is scheduled for November 13. Plaintiffs argue that 1) parts of the program that permit the shuttles to operate in public bus stops violate California Vehicle Code 22500; 2) that the program meets the standard for environmental review; and, 3) that "pilot" exemptions are intended for small programs of short duration, such as testing wells.