Contact: Sheila Chung Hagen, Office of Supervisor David Campos, 415-554-5144; Jaron Browne, POWER, 415-377-2822

SFMTA Board to Vote on Free MUNI for Youth Proposal Bus riders, youth, and parents to urge SFMTA Board to include all youth

WHAT:  Hearing and vote by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors on resolution backing free MUNI for youth; Press availability with community supporters of the option to provide free Muni for all youth

WHEN:  Hearingon Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 1pm; Press availability with youth pass supporters immediately before and after the hearing

WHERE: Hearing at Room 400, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place; Press availability outside the hearing room

WHO:  SFMTA Board of Directors; Supervisors David Campos, John Avalos, Jane Kim, Eric Mar, and Christina Olague; adult and youth members of POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights), Adopt-an-Alleyway in Chinatown, Jamestown Community Center, Youth Commission and Student Advisory Council; Edward Reiskin, SFMTA Director of SFMTA.

The SFMTA Board of Directors will hold a hearing April 3 on a resolution supporting the proposal to make MUNI free for the city’s youth.  They will consider four options: 1) maintaining the status quo, 2) providing free MUNI to all youth, 3) providing free MUNI to only low-income youth, or 4) providing reduced youth passes to all youth.  Members of many community organizations will testify in support of the proposal to make MUNI free for all youth at the hearing, which will take place in Room 400 of City Hall at 1 p.m. on April 3. They will be available to speak with the press before and after the hearing outside Room 400. At the end of the hearing, the SFMTA Board will vote to move forward one of the four options.

“Free MUNI for all youth is important for students and families because then we will be able to stop criminalizing youth on the bus and instead honor youth for going to school. We have been fighting hard for this for a long time and we are excited that the SFMTA is going to vote on the issue,” said Lorren Dangerfield, youth member of the community organization P.O.W.E.R. and leader in the campaign for Free MUNI for Youth.

“Making the pass available to all youth will help build a new generation of transit riders who will sustain the system over the long haul,” said Supervisor David Campos.

The proposal’s backers have developed a plan to fund the pilot program through new funds from multiple transit agencies. The plan also calls for increasing the SFMTA’s capacity to serve all riders through key efficiencies in overtime, capital project management, and work orders. A vote in favor of free MUNI for all youth from the SFMTA Board will allow the Agency to seek approval for funds from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA).


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