The Muni Metro T-Line heads down Third Street near the outbound 23rd Street station in Dogpatch on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Muni free for all riders Friday to help travelers avoid unhealthy air

Muni will be free Friday so travelers can escape the smoky air.

The move was prompted by Mayor London Breed, who called for Muni to be free of charge Friday for health reasons.

Though Muni is not under the direct authority of the mayor, Ed Reiskin, head of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, agreed to Breed’s request.

“While it’s important people try to stay indoors, Mayor Breed wants people to be able to get around, whether to work or a respite center or wherever they need to go, without having to exert themselves in this unhealthy air,” said Jeff Cretan, the mayor’s spokesperson.

Smoke from the ongoing Camp Fire has enveloped San Francisco, and on Thursday The City’s air reached it’s most hazardous level yet, which officials deemed officially “unhealthy” in a public warning in the afternoon.

Physical exertion outdoors spurs heavy breathing which can worsen detrimental health effects of smoky air, health officials warned. Breed hopes the public can avoid those risks by riding the bus instead of walking where they need to go.

Public schools across San Francisco will be closed Friday due to the air, but Breed announced on Twitter that Recreation and Park Deparmtent facilities will be open for people to seek as a refuge. Public lbraries will also be available.Transit

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