Private shuttle buses could face stronger regulation in San Francisco under a proposal introduced at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

Supervisor John Avalos requested that the city attorney’s office draft legislation that would create a permit process for private buses hired by companies to shuttle employees around San Francisco and elsewhere.

City officials say there are about 36,000 one-way trips per day taken on the private shuttles, which stop at more than 200 locations around San Francisco.

Avalos said the shuttles “clearly provide a real benefit” in reducing the number of cars on the road, but said many of them stop at San Francisco Municipal Railway bus stops, impacting Muni service.

“We don’t really have a handle by the city on how to handle the private shuttle fleets,” he said, adding that action needs to be taken to prevent San Francisco from becoming “the Wild West of shuttles.”

Avalos said he looks forward to working with various city departments and operators of the shuttles to encourage their growth while minimizing their adverse impacts on the city.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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