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San Francisco Muni Marks Centennial With Free Rides On Friday

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco Municipal Railway service will be free Friday to celebrate the agency’s centennial anniversary.

Muni was founded 100 years ago on Friday’s date, Dec. 28, 1912, and as part of the centennial celebration, service on all buses, light-rail lines and cable cars will be free from 5 a.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Saturday.

The celebration of Muni’s 100 years of service has included several events in recent months, including having historic streetcars traverse the city throughout November.

Muni officials had initially considered charging a five-cent fare—the price riders paid a century ago—for Friday’s celebration but decided to let customers ride free instead.

“It’s the people of San Francisco who make Muni what it is, so we want to thank them for a century of support by letting them ride Muni for free on this special occasion,” Ed Reiskin, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s director of transportation, said in a statement.

More information about Muni’s centennial, as well as photos from the agency’s archives, is available at http://www.sfmta.com/100.

Muni service will also be free on New Year’s Eve for the 13th consecutive year. Passengers will not have to pay for rides between 8 p.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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