San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency has a program that provides free Muni to low- and moderate-income youth, and on Jan. 20 its board will consider extending the free passes to seniors and disabled riders. SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose says the program has broad support and is likely to pass.
"We want to make sure that people who are on fixed incomes do have access to Muni so they can get where they need to go," said Rose.
Each month Muni issues about 17,000 discounted senior passes and 7,000 passes to riders with disabilities.
The proposed free program is expected to cost anywhere from $4 million to $8 million. Last April, when the board approved free rides for youth, it rejected bringing seniors and the disabled under the program.
While the SFMTA has lost revenue from the discontinuation of metering for Sunday parking, the passage of Proposition A and B has provided new funding.