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SF Supervisor Urging Muni Upgrades Over Free Youth Passes

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A San Francisco Muni bus. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener is leading the charge to stop the Muni board from taking $6.7 million in new grant funding and using it to offer free passes to low-income youth.

On Tuesday the supervisor introduced legislation at City Hall to send a message to the transportation agency that its service is awful and that the money should instead be used to improve the system.

“Muni service has been deteriorating. We know that in August, the on-time rate was something like 57 percent,” Wiener said.

Other supervisors and the city’s transportation board support free Muni rides for low-income youth if the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission pays for it.

This new $6.7 million grant could conceivably be used for that, but Supervisor Wiener’s resolution urges that the money be limited to transit improvements.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“This decision is a test for whether Muni management MTA [San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency] board of directors is truly committed to doing everything they can do to get the system on track,” Wiener said.

Meanwhile Supervisor David Campos continues to push for free rides for youth and feels it’s time to make good on that promise.

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