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Google, which has drawn criticism in San Francisco for using public bus stops to pick up passengers for its private employee buses, will donate $6.8m to fund a program that offers low-income youth free rides on the city's Muni public transport system. The Free Muni for Low Income Youth program is open to youth ages 5 through 17 …

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"With this unprecedented gift from Google"

Less a gift and more "oh will you SHUT UP AND GO AWAY" money I'm thinking.

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Not at all...

It's Google; they'll be tracking those kids' movements and selling them advertising based on their journeys. Quid pro quo!

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Obligatory - flag seller versus merchant bankster

FS: Couldn't you just give me the pound?

MB: But I don't know what it is for.

FS: It's for the orphans. A gift!

MB: A gift? .... Ah, a tax dodge.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUhb0XII93I

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So in two years...

The funding will be earmarked for something else as it always is in government, and they will be knocking on Google's door asking for money.

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The rest of the world would do well to take a look at Tallinn's stance on public transport: If you're a registered resident of Tallinn, all public transport within the city is free.

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Tallinn

Is it free?

Or does every resident have to pay for it (whether they use it or not) through taxes?

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Or does every resident have to pay for it (whether they use it or not) through taxes?

Of course it's paid for through taxes. Everything provided by government is. Whether they use it or not though, every resident receives the benefit of cleaner air and less noise.

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Re: Tallinn

If only your local bus company could get a law that everyone in a town/city had to pay them a set fee every month and in return they could get free bus rides.

They could save so much money not having to market their services or be prone to market/weather fluctuations or even worry about competition.

In fact other things that are deemed beneficial to everyone - free high-speed internet (everyone pays a monthly subscription to cover it), free PCs for everyone to improve education levels and knowledge (subject to a law being passed which makes everyone pay a monthly fee) .. etc..

Just because everyone has to pay for it monthly/annually doesn't make it free.

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Re: Tallinn

I think you'll find all "private" transport companies throughout the world operate services that are somehow subsidised by local councils - I know for a fact that they are in the UK. If bus and train companies only ran the services they wanted to run (I.E., those that are profitable) half of the bus and train routes in a lot of cities simply wouldn't exist - and, surprise surprise, a lot of bus and train services actually have disappeared in the UK since privatisation.

One of the roles that government is supposed to fulfil is providing services to the general population. Public transport is (or increasingly used to be) one of those services.

Governments throughout the world are also actively trying to get more people using public transport to reduce congestion on the roads in and around cities. Tallinn is the only example I know of where there is an incentive to actually do so. The UK is one of the worst examples where the government wants fewer cars in the cities, but then continues to allow the transport companies to rip off commuters by allowing them to double or even triple prices during the rush hour. (Ironically, the very word 'commuter' comes from the US where ticket prices for those living in suburbs was reduced (or commuted) to make living out of while working in the city affordable.)

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So if a seven-year-old child runs away from home Google will know. Will they tell the parents ?

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Maybe they'll have special passes containing RFC chips and will have their personal data and movements tracked from the bus pass?

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