muni_generic.jpgSan Francisco Supervisor David Campos will join school and transit advocates today to call for free San Francisco Municipal Railway passes for students.

A rally is scheduled for noon outside City Hall to demand free youth passes for students between the ages of 5 and 17 who depend on Muni to get to and from school each day.
Campos intends to introduce a resolution in support of the idea at this afternoon’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

The San Francisco Unified School District recently announced it would be cutting back its bus service by 43 percent over the next two years, while the cost of Muni’s monthly youth pass has climbed from $10 to $21 in the past two years.

In his resolution, Campos is calling for a three-year pilot program that would be paid for via private contributions, increased efficiencies in Muni, and funds from public agencies such as the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Campos called the plan “one critical step we can take to improve the quality of life for all families in the city, and to support and encourage a new generation of transit riders for our future.”

This past spring, the SFMTA and SFUSD offered 12,000 free youth passes for the last three months of the school year, and the demand far exceeded the supply, according to Campos’ office.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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