Muni Celebrates Its 100th Birthday With Free Rides
You might not like Muni but maybe you like free stuff. If you do like riding Muni and you just so happen to love getting free things, then today is your day.
Courtesy of Muni The poster is for sale, by the way
In honor of its 100th birthday, cash-strapped Muni is forgoing its need for, well, cash and doling out free rides to all passengers until 5 a.m. on Saturday.
That's kinda like losing your job and your home, then buying a round of drinks for everyone at the bar.
"The centennial year celebrates the nation's first publicly owned, land-based transit system, which is a testament to the forward thinking of all San Franciscans from 1912 to today," said Ed Reiskin, Muni's chief. "It's the people of San Francisco who make Muni what it is, so we want to thank them for a century of support by letting them ride Muni for free on this special occasion."
Of course someone has to pay for all those free rides, and that someone is Sunday drivers who will soon have to pay to park at city meters.
The kindness continues again on New Year's Eve, when Muni will ring in 2013 by giving all passengers -- drunk or not -- a free ride starting at 8 p.m. Here are the details for NYE:
- Complimentary Muni service 8 p.m., Dec. 31 to 6 a.m., Jan. 1
- Muni Metro service between West Portal and Embarcadero stations extended to 4 a.m. and until 2:15 a.m. to Fourth and King streets
- Extra Owl service (1 a.m. to 5 a.m.): 5 Fulton, 14 Mission, 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisadero, 38 Geary, 90 and 91 Owl, and the L and N Owl bus routes. Service on the F Market historic streetcar line provided by buses after approximately 4 p.m.
So there you have it -- a chance to save a couple bucks while hoping you don't get hit -- literally -- by one of those Muni cars riding (freely) around town.