Thank You MUNI

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Here is some good news from MUNI. 

 

 

**PRESS RELEASE**

SFMTA Board of Directors Approves Plan to Provide SFUSD Free Passes for Low-Income Students this Spring

San Francisco—The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors, which oversees all surface transportation, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today authorized at its regular Board meeting providing the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) with 12,000 free monthly Muni Youth Passes for the last three months of Fiscal Year 2011 (April – June) as part of its joint effort with City partners to foster greater opportunities for low-income SFUSD students.

 

“As budgets across the City and at home are stretched tighter and tighter, I hope to see more collaboration of this kind between City entities, community groups and the Youth Commission to better serve all members of our community,” said Supervisor David Campos.

 

“In proposing a lifeline pass for youth, I wanted to make sure that vulnerable students who attend our schools are given every opportunity to succeed,” said Supervisor Mirkarimi. “I am proud of this legislation and am happy to see this real sign of progress.”

 

“Creating the Youth Lifeline Pass was important to this Board and we are still committed to seeing the program implemented,” said Tom Nolan, Chairman of the SFMTA Board of Directors. “If we can assist the youth of this City and the School District by working with them to provide the passes free of charge this year, then we are pleased to do so.”

 

“The SFMTA is pleased to assist its City partners in providing a needed service to the SFUSD students,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA Executive Director/CEO. “Public transportation is, at its core, about improving our quality of life and increasing opportunities.”

 

Beginning with the distribution of the April passes in March, 12,000 passes will be distributed by the SFUSD to low-income SFUSD students free of charge for April, May and June of 2011. This follows the passage last April by the Board of Supervisors of Supervisor Mirkarimi’s resolution to create a youth Lifeline discount Fast Pass and the subsequent creation by the SFMTA Board of Directors of the half-price pass for low-income students to be distributed through the SFUSD for Fiscal Years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

 

Although implementation of the program was delayed due to difficulties experienced by the SFUSD with developing and implementing an internal plan to distribute the Youth Lifeline Pass and collect the $10 per pass fee, the SFMTA will continue to work with them and other City partners to move the Youth Lifeline Pass program forward.

 

Prior to moving forward with distribution of the free passes this year, the SFUSD will provide the SFMTA with a distribution plan for the 12,000 free monthly low-income youth passes. This plan will include criteria used in determining eligibility and methods developed for proper distribution to recipients of the approved application process.

 

Given that the low-income free pass distribution will only be in effect for the remainder of the current fiscal year, it will cost the Agency $720,000 in decreased revenue instead of the anticipated $1.4 million originally estimated in the SFMTA’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget.

 

 

Alyssa Sittig's picture

SF Priorities

I'm proud of what this new legislation is saying about San Francisco. No matter how strapped for cash MUNI may be, we still recognize that the needs of our youth and our city's future workforce are priceless. 

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And one more thank you

Taking some more time to help folks transition to Clipper Cards:

 

 

**PRESS RELEASE**

SFMTA Continues Senior and Youth Clipper Card Sign-up and How-to Events around the City

Muni customers who use a Senior or Youth discount pass need to switch to Clipper by June 1

 

SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that  the agency will continue Senior and Youth Clipper sign-up and how-to events throughout April.

 

The Senior and Youth Clipper card events will be held at various locations including the West Portal, Powell and Montgomery Muni Metro Stations, the SFMTA’s Customer Service Office at 11 South Van Ness and several Walgreens locations.  The dates, time and specific locations are listed below.

 

“We want to make the transition to the Clipper card as convenient as possible for our customers,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Executive Director/CEO. “We will continue to reach out to the community and work with our City partners to help our customers make the switch.”

 

At these events, seniors (65+) and youths (5 to 17) may sign up for Senior or Youth Clipper cards by completing an application and showing proof of age.   Seniors will receive their card on-site. In the past, seniors applying for a Senior Clipper card had to wait up to 10 days to receive the card by mail. Youths will continue receive their cards by mail. 

 

SFMTA Clipper Ambassadors will be on hand to show customers how to use the Muni Ticket Vending Machines to load passes and cash value on their card as well as how to use the Clipper card to enter the Muni fare gates.

 

Senior and Youth Clipper Card Events:

 

Monday, April 18, 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: SFMTA Customer Service Office

4 to 7 p.m.: Montgomery Muni Metro Station

 

Tuesday, April 19, 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: SFMTA Customer Service Office

4 to 7 p.m.: West Portal Muni Metro Station

 

Wednesday, April 20
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: SFMTA Customer Service Office 
4 to 7 p.m.: Montgomery Muni Metro Station

 

Thursday, April 21 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.—SFMTA Customer Service Office 
4 to 7 p.m.: Montgomery Muni Metro Station

 

Friday, April 22 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: SFMTA Customer Service Office
4 to 7 p.m.: West Portal Muni Metro Station

 

Monday April 25 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: SFMTA Customer Service Office 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Walgreens, 745 Clement Street and 790 Van Ness Avenue
4 to 7 p.m.: Powell Muni Metro Station

 

Tuesday, April 26
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: SFMTA Customer Service Office
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Walgreens, 2141 Chestnut Street and 300 Montgomery Street
4 to 7 p.m.: Powell Muni Metro Station

 

Wednesday, April 27
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:  SFMTA Customer Service Office
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Walgreens, 100 Sansome Street
4 to 7 p.m.: Powell Muni Metro Station

 

Thursday, April 28
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: SFMTA Customer Service Office
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Walgreens, 275 Sacramento Street

4 to 7 p.m.: Powell Muni Metro Station

 

Friday, April 29
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: SFMTA Customer Service Office
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Walgreens, 141 Kearny Street

4 to 7 p.m.: Powell Muni Metro Station

 

Senior and youth customers must show one of the following to validate identification and proof of age:

·        Birth certificate

·        State-Issued Driver’s License

·        State-Issued Identification Card

·        Passport

·        San Francisco City ID Card

·        Matricula Consular/Consular Identification Card

·        Alien Registration/Permanent Resident Card

·        School Identification Card

 

Seniors must apply in person, a parent or guardian may apply for youth.

 

For more information on the Clipper card, please visit www.clippercard.com.  Muni customers can learn more about using the Clipper card on Muni and the transition to Clipper by visiting www.sfmta.com/clipper.

Paid for by Phil Ting for Assembly 2012. FPPC ID# 1343137