By Megan Burks
San Francisco Sets Precedent for Free Youth Transit
San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors approved a pilot program this week that will let low-income youth ride MUNI trains and buses for free. The program comes after youth advocates requested all city youth get free transit passes.
Their win could buoy a similar cause here in San Diego. City Heights youth have also asked city leaders for free transit passes. They say the cost of monthly passes is a burden on low-income students and families, especially with fewer school bus routes funded. Local youth have won support from community college and school board leaders. They gave a presentation to transportation officials earlier this fall.
The San Francisco program is funded through a state grant for increasing transit ridership.
Follow Mid-City CAN, which is leading the call for free youth passes, @midcitycan.
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