Mayoral candidate and Congressman Bob Filner believes San Diego Unified students should be able to ride the bus or trolley to school for free. He joined other candidates in offering some specifics on what he would do to improve city schools as mayor.
A monthly youth pass for San Diego’s buses and trolleys costs $36. That cost is too high for families struggling to make ends meet, he said.
Some students already get passes paid for by the district, and San Diego High staff raise money to pay for many of their students to get to school. Standing at the City College Trolley stop at 11th and C streets, Filner said he’ll use the office of the mayor to provide passes district wide.
“Parents and the school board and San Diego High have been working on this for years and they have just not had a sympathetic result,” he said. “It takes leadership. The mayor should be at MTS, the mayor should be lobbying those board members. I will not take no for an answer.”