Turnstyle on Monday, Oct. 21st
KALW reporter Christina Loring has friends who work in technology, but that didn’t help her out much when she decided to see if she could hitch a ride on one of the private tech shuttles that seem to be ubiquitous on San Francisco streets these days.
She wanted to see what it was like to alight a cushy, air-conditioned, on-time bus — the privatized alternative to the city’s public transportation that makes it much more convenient for Silicon Valley workers to live and play in San Francisco.
“My plan was: wear all black, some nice shiny red shoes, glue my eyes to my phone screen, and clutch my bright blue backpack. I’m 28, white, and blonde. I don’t have any Google gear, so I thought this was the next best thing. At first, things were going great.”