SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – San Francisco officials are urging the city’s transportation agency to let kids under 18 ride public transit for free.

A Board of Supervisors’ committee backed a measure on Thursday that calls on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the San Francisco Unified School District to fund the program.

It would cost at least $5.8 million a year.

Supervisor David Campos, the measure’s chief sponsor, said free public transit for kids would help families save money.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

But City Transportation chief Ed Reiskin said the cash-strapped Municipal Transportation Agency has no extra money.

The measure now goes to the full Board of Supervisors. Supervisors do not have the authority to require free Muni service.

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Comments (7)
  1. Joe Ballister says:

    That’s the stupdiest thing I’ve ever heard. NO ONE should ride Muni for free

  2. elguapo says:


    1. rs says:

      haha i guess they forgot to take econ 101.

  3. rs says:

    um no. why should i pay $60/month for a pass but a kid under 18 can ride for free? who says i don’t need to save money? just because i’m an adult means i don’t need to save money too? bull****. they need to pay their fair share.

  4. BrandonD says:

    They could provide a discount for students. 30% – 40% would help the families (think about having to pay for your fast pass and the wife’s and the kids). Also, children that are not yet old enough to go to school. BUT NOT FOR FREE. Muni is at a deficit already and even though it is a good part their fault, it is also the citizen’s for liking to ride for free whenever possible.

  5. donovan says:

    This is so ridiculous. During a time of budget crunches and high unemployment, they’re making exceptions for youth?

    Maybe they should offer free rides for those without jobs, instead they want to give kids free rides to the mall?

  6. m says:

    Kinda pointless when most of them go through back door without paying at all.

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