Group wants free Muni passes for kids

June 29, 2011 4:34:54 PM PDT
An activist group wants Muni to begin offering free rides to San Francisco's youth.

The group, called POWER, wants the transit agency to expand a pilot program that gave free Muni passes to 12,000 low-income students between April and June.

The group says the money to pay for the program's continuation is available.

"The Muni department pays the San Francisco Police Department $12 million each year to write tickets to young people," said Steve Williams with POWER. "We think it is a better service to provide $6 million to transport kids to and from school."

The cost of a Muni youth pass doubled last year from $10 to $20 per month.