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Google pledges $6.8M for San Francisco program

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By The Associated Press
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Google is donating nearly $7 million to allow San Francisco to continue providing free bus and transportation services to low-income city kids.

City officials announced the donation on Thursday and said it will cover two years of free transit. The program is funded by a regional transportation agency through June 2014.

Google and other technology companies have been criticized over private buses they use to pick up employees in San Francisco. Technology workers are accused of driving up rents and gentrifying the city.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said the donation shows Google is a true partner in addressing San Francisco's affordability crisis for lower and middle-income families.



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