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Free Muni for Youth Pilot Program
Applications are still being accepted and will continue to be accepted on an ongoing basis for the duration of the pilot program.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, launched the Free Muni for Youth Pilot Program on March 1, 2013. This program provides low and moderate income students residing in San Francisco free access to Muni for a 16-month period when using a Clipper® card.
All San Francisco youth aged 5 to17 with a gross annual family income at or below 100 percent of the Bay Area Median Income level are eligible for the program according to the chart below.
Applications will continue to be accepted on an ongoing basis for the duration of the pilot program.
How to Sign-Up for Free Muni for Youth
This pilot pass is available on Clipper only.
If you have a registered youth Clipper card:
If you do not have a youth Clipper card fill out the program application form (PDF), attach supporting documentation establishing proof of age and mail or drop off to the SFMTA at 11 South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 ATTN: Youth Pilot Pass. You will receive your Clipper card loaded with your pilot pass in the mail.
Important Note:All fields of the application must be completed and a copy of an approved document to verify age (for new Clipper card customers) must be attached. You must be between the ages of 5 and 17 (children under 5 ride for free) and a resident of San Francisco to participate in the program.
Please allow up to three weeks to process existing Clipper card applications and up to five for new cards.
Free language assistance is available by calling 311 within the city or 415.701.2311 outside of San Francisco.
Frequently Asked Questions
I submitted an application, but have not received a new Clipper card for my child.
I submitted an application with my child’s existing Clipper card but have not received notification that the application was accepted.
My child has lost the Clipper card that I originally applied for the program with.
I received notification that my child’s Clipper card was activated with a pass, but when they tag it they receive a message indicating “Low Funds”. It may be that the wrong Clipper card number was provided, the number was for a card registered to an adult, the applicant is not eligible or there was an error in activating the pass. Please resubmit an application to sfmta.com/freemuni4youth or by mail.
Do I need to reapply each month to qualify for the program?
What happens if I turn 18 during the pilot period?
What do I do if I lose my card?
What if I do not have any of the required documents to obtain a Clipper card?
My child is not five yet. When should I apply?
How do I use my Clipper card?
Will my information be shared?
Have other questions? Please call 311 or 415.701.2311 from outside of San Francisco.
For Muni route, schedule, fare and accessible services information anytime: Visit www.sfmta.com or call 311.
311 Free language assistance / 免費語言協助 / Ayuda gratuita con el idioma / Бесплатная помощь переводчиков / Trợ giúp Thông dịch Miễn phí / Assistance linguistique gratuite / 無料の言語支援 / 무료 언어 지원 / Libreng tulong para sa wikang Tagalog / คว“มช่วยเหลือท“งภ“ษ“โดยไม่เส’ยค่าใช้จ่าย
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