Public transit issues are complicated — but they're not quantum physics-complicated. Politicians really could improve San Franciscans' commutes and lives if they paid attention to straightforward concepts like transit-only lanes, prioritized Muni signals, and maintenance investment. But these are not sexy issues. So, again and again, San Francisco politicians' take on Muni comes out the same: Make it free!
State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) is the latest politico to jump onto this free bandwagon, urging that all San Francisco public school students be entitled to ride Muni gratis. As Yee's mayoral campaign falters more and more, it will be interesting to see what he proposes be made free next.