Muni and VTA Offer Free Rides Due to Unhealthy Air

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency are offering free rides Friday on all bus and light rail service due to the persistent and unhealthy air quality caused by the recent Northern California wildfires.

These free rides are being offered to provide residents an alternative to being outdoors and driving solo.

Passengers will not need to display proof of purchase or tag a Clipper Card when boarding buses and trains, officials said.

However, San Francisco Municipal Railway officials halted cable car service Thursday and all day Friday over concerns about smoky air. Muni announced the decision on Twitter around 2:25 p.m. Thursday, saying that all cable cars would be pulling back into the cable car barn.

Bus shuttles will be providing free service on the Powell, Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason and California cable car lines for the remainder of the day and Friday as well, Muni officials said.

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