Bus-focused protest in San Francisco on Dec. 9, 2013.

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The growing network of commuter buses that shuttle workers between San Francisco and Silicon Valley has become the target of increasing protest in recent months, and now it’s subject to a legal attack as well.
Tech companies like Apple and Google, as well as the mayor of San Francisco, the SF Muni board, the city planning department, and a variety of bus companies, were all sued yesterday. The lawsuit claims that the city’s pilot program to allow the buses to operate should have passed through an environmental review, of the same type done when city transit programs expand.
The suit is an attempt to bypass the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, which approved the program on an 8-2 vote last month. Activists threatened to sue on environmental grounds if they lost that vote, and now they are following through on that threat.
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