Apple, Google Buses Vandalized on I-280

Five commuter shuttle buses were attacked on Tuesday, possibly by pellet guns.

The bus wars have apparently resurfaced with at least five chartered buses of tech employees vandalized in the past week.

Four buses carrying Apple employees and one bus carrying Google employees had their windows shattered using what is suspected to be pellet guns, says California Highway Patrol spokesperson Art Montiel. The incidents happened on Interstate 280 near Highway 84 in Redwood City.

A driver union representative believes a pellet gun damaged the shuttles, The San Francisco Examiner reports. Officials say the investigation hasn’t concluded whether pellet guns shattered the outside glass of the buses but they don’t believe the weapon in question is high-powered.

“At this point, we still don’t know what could have caused the window to crack,” Montiel says. 

In an email verified by Mashable, Apple has instructed its drivers to take Highway 101 for the time being.

“Due to recent incidents of broken windows along the commute route, specifically on Highway 280, we’re rerouting coaches for the time being,” the email states. “This change in routes could mean an additional 30-45 minutes of commute time in each direction for some riders.”

Google buses have been blockaded in the past as the city voted for a program allowing commuter shuttles in 2014. As a vessel carrying high-earning tech employees from historically lower-income neighborhoods like the Mission District to Silicon Valley, Google buses became a symbol of anger over evictions and gentrification. 

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