Muni To Celebrate Centennial With Free Fares Throughout San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco Muni will offer free rides on all of its buses, light rail trains and cable cars on December 28 to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

“For those who regularly ride Muni, it’s a way for us to just say thank-you,” said Ed Reiskin, director of the Municipal Transportation Agency that oversees Muni. “Maybe we even get a few new riders out of it.”

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

The city has had some form if public transportation since 1851, when land developers operated horse drawn buggies. It wasn’t until 1912 that San Francisco launched the United States’ first municipal transportation system with a streetcar line on Geary Boulevard from downtown to 33rd Avenue.

Today, the Municipal Railway serves 200 million passengers a year on a network of 63 bus routes, a light rail system, an historic street car line up and down Market Street and three cable car lines.

And the fares are no longer 5 cents.

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