Free Muni for Kids?
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Supervisor David Campos is one of the proposal’s biggest supporters. Though details are still being hammered out, Campos envisions no restrictions for time of day: that is, youth riders could ride free anytime. Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, on the other hand, says the idea will cost Muni way too much, especially in light of current and projected multimillion-dollar operating deficits.
So who picks up the tab instead if kids ride Muni for free? The current proposal calls for Muni to kick in $1.4 million per year, according to SFGate, with the rest of the estimated $7 million coming from a variety of area funding sources, including the San Francisco Unified School District.
Muni advocacy group Rescue Muni says free Muni for kids is a nice idea, but some important issues haven’t yet been addressed: additional security to handle more kids is one, as well as better use of public funds. For example, Rescue Muni prefers voter-approved bond money — which would be used to offset the cost of the free youth riders — be used for its intended purpose: a bus rapid transit route on Geary Boulevard.
If you favor the idea of allowing San Franciscans under the age of 17 ride Muni free of charge, head over to PeopleOrganized.org to sign its petition. If you don’t think it’s a good idea, let us know why.