Coalition pushes for free Muni for kids

Youth should ride Muni for free, one group says.

Every once in a while, the idea of provided discounted or free Muni rides for San Francisco’s youth emerges.

Most recently, a group calling itself MUNI Operators and Riders Expanding (MORE) pitched the Youth Commission the idea of convincing the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees Muni, to provide those of the ages of 5 through 18 free public transit. The group told the commission that many poor and working-class San Francisco youth must commute at least an hour to their high schools and do not always have enough money to pay for Muni access.

The commission didn’t take a position on the pitch. Perhaps the proposal could catch on. The group estimates it would cost up to $60 million a year for the free monthly passes.

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