City Pays Amazon $100,000 for Employee Buses

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(These are not the actual Amazon buses.)
(These are not the actual Amazon buses.)

In Silicon Valley, it’s pretty common for employers to provide private commuter shuttles to get employees from home to work. Amazon has been doing the same thing for its Baltimore employees since July–and now the city wants to reward them with a $100,000 forgivable loan.

The retail giant said that it was forced to run its own buses because the city transit system was inadequate, taking as long as 90 minutes to get some of its 3,500 employees to its ginormous fulfillment center near Dundalk. The city proposed giving Amazon $100,000 to compensate it for those buses–that’s in addition to the more than $40 million in incentives Amazon received to locate in Baltimore. (The loan will be forgiven if Amazon continues to employ at least 1,600 full-time workers through 2018.)

Now, you could argue that the city might’ve benefited more people by plugging that $100,000 back into the city’s struggling public transit system, rather than subsidizing one of the biggest companies in the world. But hey–Amazon is bringing us same-day delivery!



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