San Francisco State University students overwhelmingly approved a referendum last week to add a $180 per semester mandatory campus fee in exchange for unlimited Muni use and a 25 percent BART discount for trips starting or ending at the Daly City stop.
Just under 10 percent of the school's student body voted in this year's Associated Students elections, which ended last Friday. Almost three-quarters of voters supported the new fee to implement a "Gator Pass" in fall 2017.
The fee must still be approved by the Associated Students president and California State University Chancellor Timothy White. Backers of the Gator Pass say they hope for final approval by the end of May.
“If students decide they don’t want the pass, we have the power to stop it,” said Naeemah Charles, Associated Students vice president of external affairs, who says she's worked on creating the transit pass for two and a half years. "It is a student-led fee.”
If the Gator Pass gets a final green light, SFSU will become the latest Bay Area university to provide students with discounted transportation and the first to land cheaper BART fare, although that's limited to just the Daly City station.