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San Francisco startup launches push to poach Silicon Valley talent at commuter shuttle stops

SAN FRANCISCO - Where some see a queue of engineers awaiting private commuter shuttles, one San Francisco startup sees an opportunity to lure talent from top Silicon Valley tech firms. Software company Bigcommerce has spent the last two weeks trying to recruit talent from San Francisco's numerous techie shuttle stops and says it's since seen more traffic to its career website. Bigcommerce executives say they want to poach employees from Google, Facebook and other tech giants, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/1lHElt6 ).

Man arrested, charged with murder in triple killing at Ohio bar

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A man suspected of shooting three men to death at an Ohio bar, including an off-duty police officer, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, authorities said on Monday. Igmidio Mista, 33, is accused of opening fire early Sunday at the Last Call Bar in Fremont, Ohio, 40 miles south of Toledo, police said. Mista was taken into custody without incident Monday morning, Fremont Police Chief Tim Wiersma said in a statement.

Los Angeles fits another piece of transit puzzle; $1.4B project will connect trains downtown

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Los Angeles is finally getting around to fixing a major flaw in its public transit system: Light rail riders can't travel from one side of downtown and out the other without waiting at platforms to transfer twice. And paying two extra fares. It's the kind of problem that has helped keep many commuters in their cars, despite the region's notoriously clogged highways. Transit planners had a solution long ago — and now they have the money to start building.

Silicon Valley firms to pay fee for commuter shuttles amid tech backlash

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco's transportation agency agreed on Tuesday to charge Google Inc, Apple Inc and other tech companies $1 every time one of their commuter shuttles uses a public bus stop, in a deal that seems unlikely to end the recent wave of technology industry-backlash among some residents. The commuter buses take about 17,000 passengers a day from their homes in San Francisco to dozens of technology companies based in Silicon Valley, south of the city.

Light rail returning to LA areas that lost it in '50s; international airport still unconnected

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Trains are busting out all over the city that long ago crowned the car king. The expansion of Los Angeles' public rail network continued Tuesday with the ceremonial ground-breaking for a $2.1 billion project that will bring light rail to some of the sprawling region's poorest neighbourhoods for the first time since streetcars were ripped out in the 1950s. Speakers including U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said that when the tracks open in 2019, historically black areas would see fresh vitality and economic opportunity.

San Francisco rail workers approve labor contract

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Unionized workers in the United States' fifth-largest commuter rail system overwhelmingly approved an amended labor agreement on Monday, ending a nine-month contract dispute that saw two paralyzing transit strikes and legal wrangling. Mechanics, custodians, and clerical workers of the roughly 1,400-member Service Employees Union Local 1021 (SEIU) voted 87 percent in favor of the four-year contract, which will take effect immediately, the labor group said on Monday.

San Francisco transit system places US$639 million order with Bomardier

MONTREAL - San Francisco's transit system has awarded a US$639-million confirmed order to Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B), part of a long-term contract signed in June 2012. Bombardier Transport says San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has ordered an additional 365 rail cars, bringing the number of firm orders under the contract to 775 cars. The company will assemble the cars at its manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y., about 100 kilometres south of Montreal.

Google, other big companies to pay to use San Francisco bus stops

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc and other big technology companies that rely on private commuter buses to ferry workers around will now pay the city of San Francisco fees to use city bus stops, the city announced at a news conference on Monday. Companies using commuter buses, which some see as a symbol of unwelcome gentrification in San Francisco, will end up paying the city around $1.5 million over the next 18 months as part of a pilot program, Mayor Ed Lee said.

San Francisco rail workers resolve final contract dispute

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Unionized workers and management for San Francisco's rail system, the nation's fifth largest, said on Saturday they have resolved a final sticking point in a labor contract dispute that lasted eight months and saw two crippling transit strikes. The agreement includes an amended version of a family medical leave provision that had divided the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and its two largest unions, the transit agency said in a statement.

San Francisco Bay Area transit system and labour unions reach deal, resolve final contract snag

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials and labour union leaders announced a new deal early Saturday, saying the final issue in their ongoing dispute has been resolved. The transit system and its two largest unions have been involved in months-long negotiations that stalled recently over paid medical leave time for employees. BART officials and labour leaders had approved a deal in October after six months of negotiations and two strikes that caused problems for hundreds of thousands of people who ride the nation's fifth-largest commuter rail system.
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