SFMTA to Consider Free Muni for Seniors and Disabled Persons in 2015

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is considering whether or not to provide free Muni passes for the San Francisco’s seniors and persons with disabilities.

Tom Nolan, chairman of the SFMTA’s board of directors, said today in response to public comment regarding the idea of free Muni for seniors and disabled individuals, that the possibility of the program will be formally addressed at the board’s Jan. 20 meeting.

Nolan also mentioned today that the idea has garnered a great deal of interest from members of the board.

Donna Willmott, a transit justice activist with Senior and Disability Action, an organization working to educate and bring seniors and people with disabilities together to fight for their rights, said she believes there is funding available for the program.

Willmott said the passage of Proposition A in last month’s election provides the SFMTA with the funds needed to make public transportation more accessible through the issuance of general obligation bonds.

She said that with the rising cost of city living, namely rent, the burden of paying for a Muni pass or even an individual Muni trip, can be overwhelming for some.

Willmott said that the program would help people who can’t afford to travel across the city, many of whom have no other way of getting around.

She said it would be a step in the right direction and help make San Francisco a more inclusive place to live.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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  • BTinSF

    I’m a senior and I am against free Muni for anyone. But if they insist on letting the children of, in many cases, affluent parents ride free, then I want mine too and will take it with as little gratitude as the kids show.

  • Seven

    Free transit for seniors speeds bus boarding, making the system faster and more efficient for everyone. Not to mention seniors can more easily get safely seated before the bus moves.

    London seems to have figured this out.

  • sfparkripoff

    I seem to recall Senior and Disability Action endorsing Prop A and Prop B in the November election. Prop A authorizes San Francisco’s government to sell $500 million in transportation General Obligation bonds. Including interest on the bonds, Prop A will cost the tax payers of San Francisco over a billion dollars. In addition Prop. A permits a property-tax increase to pay for the bonds and allows landlords could pass up to 50 percent of the tax increase
    to tenants.

    Prop B cuts $22 million from police, parks, street cleaning, homeless programs and
    mental health services, and redirects this money with no strings to the
    San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

    MUNI not free! It is paid
    for with passing bonds, raising taxes, preying on city motorists.
    The non-profits complain that the city is expensive and they cant afford
    their rents then they turn around and endorse bond measures that raise
    rents and property taxes FOR EVERYONE so that they can get “free Muni”.

    This is not social
    justice. If Senior and Disability Action wants “free Muni” at the expense of higher taxes and rents for others who are struggling to stay in the city then they should sit down, and shut up about the high cost of living in San Francisco.