Youth pilot program
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, widely known as SFMTA, launches the Free Muni for Youth Pilot Program on Friday, March 1, 2013. Applications are now being accepted for this program which will provide low and moderate income students residing in San Francisco free access to Muni for a 16-month period when using a Clipper® card.
San Francisco youth aged 5 to17 are eligible depending upon with a gross annual family income. A chart for the details can be found online together with the application form.
Prior to the March 1 introduction of the pilot program, MUNI has been free for children under age 5.
Geary Boulevard improvements
In other MUNI-related news, the Geary Corridor Rapid Transit consultation is underway. Geary Avenue one of the most-heavily traveled routes in the entire Muni system, serving more than 50,000 riders per day.
The implementation of BRT features, such as dedicated bus lanes and high-quality bus shelters, is being considered to improve service for existing riders, attract new transit riders, and prevent increased auto congestion caused by existing riders switching to driving due to dissatisfaction with transit, according to authorities.
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The next meeting of the Geary Citizens Advisory Committee (GCAC) will be at 6:00 PM on Thursday, March 21, 2013. The Committee typically meets quarterly, on the last Thursday of the month. The minutes from previous meetings are found online.