muni_generic.jpgTo celebrate 100 years of San Francisco Municipal Railway service, rides will be free on Dec. 28.

On that date in 1912, Muni started its operations at an opening day ceremony at Geary and Kearny streets.

To commemorate the centennial, riders on the system’s buses, Muni Metro lines, above-ground streetcars and cable cars will be treated to a free ride.

Muni is celebrating its 100th birthday in various ways, including by having historic streetcars traverse the city throughout November. A cable car built in 1890 was restored for the centennial.

This month, a program about Muni’s 100 years since its inauguration by then-Mayor James Rolph Jr. in 1912 will be shown on SFGovTV.

Muni officials considered charging a five-cent fare on the anniversary because that is what riders paid a century ago, but instead are showing passenger appreciation by letting residents ride free.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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