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S.F. officials vow to ride public transit for 22 days

Posted on June 2, 2015

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee posted this photo of himself riding subay on his Twitter feed Monday.
Courtesy Mayor Edwin Lee.
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee posted this photo of himself riding subay on his Twitter feed Monday.
Courtesy Mayor Edwin Lee.

SAN FRANCISCO — Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee have accepted a challenge to ride public transportation daily for the next three weeks in order to better understand the frustrations and joys that residents experience on San Francisco Municipal Railway on a daily basis, according to a KRON4 report.

The challenge, spearheaded by the advocacy group San Francisco Transit Riders, will continue until June 22 and aims to help city officials gain familiarity with public transit and inspire them to improve the experience. For the full story, click here.

How the 22-Day MUNI Challenge works via the sftransitriders.org website:

Participating officials will tweet while riding, walking to, or waiting for transit every day for those 22 days, posting it to Twitter with an optional photo using the hashtag #OnBoardSF. If they don't take transit for one of those days, they will tweet their reason why with the same hashtag.

The challenge runs from Monday, June 1st to Monday, June 22nd, one day for each of the years since 1993 when San Francisco voters passed Proposition AA: "City officials and full-time employees [shall] travel to and from work on public transit at least twice a week." 22 years later, this policy agreement has never been acted on, and now is a chance to make up for lost time!

When they regularly ride public transit, city officials better understand the rider's daily experience and prioritize funding and planning a more reliable, robust, and visionary transit system to support it. This is an opportunity for our city officials to promote their own commitment to public transportation, showcasing that they care about the future of Muni, according to a statement on the website.

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