>> Private buses became a divisive symbol of the tech takeover here in Silicon Valley, complementary transportation for workers at Google and Apple, regular old mass transit for everyone else. And now these tinted windowed people movers may have become targets. California Higway Patrol said Thusday, buses shuttling Apple and Google employees to and from work suffered cracked windows after being hit on the Interstate 280 by unknown objects.
Reuters' tech reporter Paresh Dave is following the story.>> The first incident happened last Friday. Five more incidents happened on Tuesday, both on the morning commute and the evening commute. Four of those incidents on Tuesday involved Apple buses and one of them was an alphabet, which is Google's parent company's bus.
The union representing bus drivers involved in two of the incidents has described the attacks as a pellet gun attack. And they're saying that they think it's pellet guns, not real bullets, because real bullets probably would have really shattered the windows on these buses and perhaps caused injuries.>> So far there are no leads on who is behind the attacks, but these unmarked tech buses faced protests in the past as residents pushed out of San Francisco's expensive housing market blamed newly arrived tech workers.
The possible attacks on the buses are having an effect. According to an Apple email to employees obtained by Reuters, the firm re-routed coaches for the time being, adding an extra 30 or 45 minutes each direction to an already long commute.