San Francisco Municipal Railway service will be free Friday to celebrate the agency’s centennial anniversary.

Muni was founded 100 years ago on Friday’s date, and as part of the centennial celebration, service on all buses, light-rail lines and cable cars will be free from 5 a.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Saturday.

The celebration of Muni’s 100 years of service has included several events in recent months, including having historic streetcars traverse the city throughout November.

Muni officials had initially considered charging a five-cent fare the price riders paid a century ago–for Friday’s celebration but decided to let customers ride free instead.

“It’s the people of San Francisco who make Muni what it is, so we want to thank them for a century of support by letting them ride Muni for free on this special occasion,” Ed Reiskin, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s director of transportation, said in a statement.

Muni service will also be free on New Year’s Eve for the 13th consecutive year.

Passengers will not have to pay for rides between 8 p.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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