Target: Ed Reiskin, Director of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Goal: Commend free transit program for children from low to middle income families
Recently, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, or “Muni,” initiated the program ‘Free Muni for Youth,’ which allows local children from households of low to moderate income to ride Muni for free. Because of budget cuts to yellow school bus services, Muni, working closely with San Francisco’s youth and local advocacy groups, launched a pilot program to give tens of thousands of children and youths free access to the city’s public transit. Please applaud Muni for prioritizing the children of its community.
Children who qualify for the pilot program are no longer vulnerable to the disadvantages posed by the decreases in yellow bus services, which the San Francisco Unified School District has reduced by 43% since 2011 due to state budget cuts. These cuts have lead to Muni being the only means of transportation to school for the majority of the city’s young people. To exacerbate the problem, Muni prior to the launch of this program, raised the youth Fast Pass rates from $10 to $22 between 2009 and 2012.
Free Muni for Youth is the result of a two-year long challenge to find funding for the program. But thanks to a million dollar grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, 40,000 children now have free passage to ride the city’s public transportation system. Please thank Muni for sticking by their commitment to make investments in the community’s youth.
Dear San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Director Ed Reiskin,
I commend the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for approving the program, Free Muni for Youth, which ensures that the city’s youth will be able to ride Muni for free. This program is necessary considering the years worth of state budget cuts that have virtually decommissioned San Francisco’s yellow school bus service, leaving some children with no other option but to ride public transit, which can be a financial struggle for lower income families.
I applaud Muni’s efforts to listen and work with local groups like People Organized to Win Employment Rights or POWER, city supervisors, and most importantly the city’s youth, who heavily advocated for the realization of this program. In a city with such a high cost of living, Free Muni for Youth is a hard-fought victory for the community.
Free Muni for Youth helps make living in San Francisco more affordable for families of low to moderate income, for which Muni deserves praise. Hopefully in the future, Muni will go a step further and expand the program to accommodate all San Francisco youth. But until then, I applaud Muni’s investments in the children of San Francisco.
[Your Name Here]
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