Community Activists Seek Free San Francisco Muni Rides For Students

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A Tuesday afternoon rally at San Francisco’s City Hall pushed for Muni to allow free rides for students, as a resolution calling for the rides was introduced at the Board of Supervisors meeting.

“Transportation is a human right,” was the battle cry of a group of community activists, students, several members of the Board of Supervisors and schools superintendent Carlos Garcia. All agreed Muni should allow young people who are in school to ride for free.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“Transportation is what gets us to school to work and to the doctor,” said one protestor.

Another activist said Muni is becoming too expensive.

“The services we depend on is becoming out of reach for us financially,” said the activist.

The school district has been cutting back on yellow school buses because of funding problems and Superintendent Garcia said Muni should step in.

“As advanced and progressive as we like to think we are; then lets walk the talk and make it happen,” Garcia said.

Conspicuously absent at the rally was anyone from the Municipal Transportation Agency that sets Muni fares.

The transit agency is currently considering another hike in parking fines to make ends meet.

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