Apple and Google buses attacked, original bay area residents likely suspect


SFGate reports that four buses chartered by Apple and one by Google to transport employees to and from work were attacked on California's Highway 280 outside of San Francisco on Tuesday, while occupied and in motion, possibly by pellet guns or rocks.

Alphabet did not respond to a request for comment. said on Thursday that its shuttles had not been attacked and were running with no changes in service.

Both Apple and Google are now rerouting their employee buses in San Francisco because of several attacks. A spokesperson with the California Highway Patrol told SFGate that the buses didn't have company logos on the outside.

Mashable reached out to Apple and local police, who still don't know who is responsible or what they are using to target the buses.

Apple is rerouting some of its shuttles due to recent incidents that led to shattered windows.

All of the buses were unmarked.

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Montiel added that he had received no reports that other buses, like Greyhound buses, had been targeted.

Why are the buses being attacked?

The large coach buses are a common sight on San Francisco Bay Area freeways but have also become a symbol of the tech industry's role in soaring housing costs and traffic congestion.

"We are not certain as to what caused the damage, but there haven't been any injuries", Montiel told CNN Tech. The windows of the buses were smashed in the incident and although, no casualty was reported. The biggest grouse against the techies is that their inflow has led to increased house rent in the area which agrees with the high salary they get.

An internal Apple employee memo on the incident says coaches are being re-routed for the time being and that the detours could result in longer commute times for employees. "We're working closely with law enforcement to investigate these incidents", the email said, according to Mashable. In 2014, protesters climbed and vomited on top of a Yahoo bus.

The buses typically do not bear names of companies, but acronyms for destinations that appear on the vehicle's digital banners can indicate to which tech campus they travel.