Only about half the low-income San Francisco youths eligible for free Muni have enrolled in the plan.
On March 1, the transit agency rolled out the 16-month pilot program. Agency officials estimated that about 40,000 kids between the ages of 5 and 17 would be eligible for the plan based on income levels, but so far just 22,300 have enrolled, according to agency statistics. Read More
Making Muni free for low-income San Francisco youths could become a reality as soon as February after the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday in favor of a proposed pilot program.
Although the final decision lies with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the supervisors’ 7-4 approval of a resolution backing the program sent the transit directors a strong message of support before their scheduled Dec. 4 vote. Mayor Ed Lee also backs the program. Read More
The recent delivery of $6.7 million to Muni has the agency pondering a difficult choice — should the funds be used to shore up an aging and decrepit fleet of vehicles, or to provide The City’s youth with unparalleled access to San Francisco’s public transit system?
That debate has split transit advocates and youth activists, and it will be the focus of a hearing today at the Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee. Read More
Muni is poised to receive $6.7 million that could fund a free youth fare program, but some lawmakers believe the struggling transit agency should use the funds more productively. Read More
A new strategy to deter fare scofflaws is paying huge dividends for Muni, with the transit agency reporting a 79 percent increase in citations since the policy was unveiled in November.
Under the direction of new security chief Lea Militello, who arrived in November, Muni has issued 37,718 fare-evasion citations over the past nine months, a major jump from the 21,061 tickets handed out over the same time period in the year prior. Read More
The remaining 208 customers without power this morning in North Richmond were expected to have their power restored by 6:30 a.m. after ten of thousands of customers were in the dark since 11:15 p.m. Friday night, a PG&E spokeswoman said.
More than 28,000 customers in Richmond were in the dark overnight because of a transmission outage, spokeswoman Jana Morris said. A majority of customers had power restored by 5 a.m. this morning. Read More
Seeking to avoid another embarrassing power failure at Candlestick Park during any upcoming 49ers playoff games, Mayor Ed Lee on Thursday ordered written assurance from PG&E and The City saying it won’t occur again. The two entities appear to have taken joint responsibility for the nationally televised debacle.
The lights went dim twice during the much-anticipated “Monday Night Football” matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Read More
The City’s ambitious plan to offer residents greener power than PG&E took a significant step forward Tuesday.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission approved a term sheet Tuesday with Shell Energy North America to run CleanPowerSF, The City’s proposed public power program, and next week Supervisor David Campos will introduce it to the Board of Supervisors. Read More
What happens when the lights go out? It depends.
On Nov. 9, 1965, an electrical power failure plunged Northeast America into darkness. The entire city of New York went black. Despite the inconvenience, New Yorkers passed the night quietly. The most notable fallout from the evening was a spike in births nine months later. Read More
A group of San Francisco Muni riders will stage a protest today to call for free transit passes for all its passengers. Read More