SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The San Francisco Municipal Railway will re-evaluate its policy that allows operators to refuse rides to families with baby strollers due to overcrowded buses.

Supervisors David Chiu and Sean Elsbernd introduced a resolution this week that has Muni officials agreeing to look at the policy allowing strollers at the operator’s discretion. Currently, the baby has to come out of the stroller, which must be folded during the ride.

But families said they are often booted off buses by operators, something that Chiu believes is unacceptable.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“I think we need to make our city both transit first and family first and need to make it as easy as possible for our families to take public transportation,” Chiu said.

Elsbernd said he is cautiously optimistic that change is coming for families.

“They’re [families are] making the effort to take public transit and then to be shunned away simply because they have a stroller is problematic and I’m grateful that Muni is taking a look at it,” he said.

The resolution has already caught the attention of Muni officials. Spokesman Paul Rose said they’re looking at the policy in an effort to make the transit system more family friendly.

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  1. Wayne says:

    I think it is a problem due to the bus already being crowded, not the drivers hating families. I mean, call me crazy, but the bus is already packed and kicking 6 people off to make room for 2 just seems a little more nasty.

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