MUNI, BART, Caltrain? If you need to get there, this page will help you find what you need. Take an adventure with the kids to Angel Island on the ferry, or ride the BART train to the airport and back with the train enthusiast in your family.
Free Muni for Youth Pilot Program
Program Begins March 1, 2013
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, will launch the Free Muni for Youth Pilot Program. This program will provide 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 on the website. Families must apply for the program or call 311 for more information.
Things your kids should know:
- how to use their Clipper Card.
- how to use 511 to find out when the next bus is coming or how to get from point A to point B.
- how to use 311 for all other information in the City.
- Nextbus.com- will indicate when the bus line you are looking for will arrive, how long it will take to get your desination.
- to make sure they have a Proof of Payment (POP)- Clipper Card or a transfer or pay the fine.
• 511.org provides information about traffic conditions, road closures, public transportation options, driving times, paratransit resources, and much more. You can also dial 511 from your cell phone when you are on the road. It’s a free phone call.
San Francisco Transit
• MUNI: local buses, trains, and cable car schedules, and guidelines can be found here. Free transfers are valid in any direction within 90 minutes of issuance.
• Clipper Cards- one card for all your needs
• San Francisco Cable Car: The complete guide helps you find history, etiquette, locations, and hours.
• See the below links for other transit options within the City.
• Check the SFMTA website for holiday parking enforcement days and restrictions.
East Bay Transit
• AC Transit
• Baylink Ferry (operates to and from Vallejo)
North Bay Transit
• Golden Gate Transit
• Golden Gate Ferry
• The Blue & Gold Fleet Ferry
Biking and Cycling
• Biking in San Francisco from the San Francisco Bike Coalition
• How to Not Get Hit by Cars by BicycleSafe.com
• Traffic Safety for Kids and resource links for teen driving, school bus safety, bicyclist or skater safety and much more by American Auto Association.
• Safe Routes to School
• San Francisco Bicycle Plan offers resources for safety, bicycle network routes.
• SchoolPool Matching -- an interactive, online community to help you find other families to walk, bike, take transit or carpool to and from school.
• Children 4 and under ride MUNI and cable cars free. Transfers from MUNI buses and Metro Lines are not accepted on the cable cars.
• MUNI Passports are very useful for a day of hometown sightseeing iwth unlimited rides. At $14 for a one day or $22 three day you have unlimited use of the cable cars, MUNI buses and trains as well as the historical streetcars. They are only good on MUNI not BART.
• CityPASS offers 7 days of MUNI, Cable Car rides and admission to a variety of museums for 7 consecutive days for $69 adult or $39 youth (5-11). Not valid on BART.
• BART offers youth, Medicare cardholders, and persons with disabilities discount tickets purchased in advance. Children 4 and under ride free. The BART Red Ticket: A 62.5% discount for children 5-12 years old: $24 ticket for $9.
• BART also offers a special Teen ticket (13-18) good for Monday through Friday school transportation support and can be purchased at their school($32 value are sold for $16). Orange tickets are sold by participating schools only. Schools collect payment in advance from students and place ticket orders directly with BART.
• Golden Gate Park closes some of the roads on Sundays from the Panhandle through JFK drive. This makes it a great place to have the kids ride bikes safely. Take a walk or rent a surrey at the Stow Lake boat house.
• PresidiGo Around the Park Shuttle is free and runs a continuous loop through the Presidio, showcasing panoramic views, dense forests, expansive beaches, quaint neighborhoods, and historic landmarks.
Proof of Payment (POP) is in effect on all Muni Metro lines.
Share these tips with your children. Teens can get fines and or go to court for not paying the correct fare!
• Always ask for a transfer on all Muni lines except Cable Cars.
• Don't board a bus without paying your fare or showing a pass/transfer/fare receipt.
• "Proof of Payment" is physical proof that you have already paid your Muni fare for a particular trip.
• You must have valid Proof of Payment when riding on a POP line or while within the paid area of Muni stations.
• Failure to produce Proof of Payment when asked by a Muni Fare Inspector will result in a large fine.
• If you have Proof of Payment, you may board a Metro streetcar by any door.
• You must board buses and historic streetcars by the front door, whether or not you have Proof of Payment.
SFkids Related Categories
• Looking for car seat or child auto safety information? See our Safety page.
Teens Behind the Wheel
Learning to drive is a privilege that many teens look forward to and anticipate. In California, teens can apply for their permit when they are 15½ years old. Completion of a California Drivers Ed course is required prior to obtaining your learner's permit, and ultimately receiving your Driver's License.
California led the nation when it first passed its Graduated Driver's License (GDL) law in 1997. This new law put clear restrictions on when a teen driver may drive and who is permitted to ride along with a new driver.
The newest restrictions, enacted in January of 2006, are expected to cut down the number of teen car accidents and the number of teens who are injured or killed each year in California. The latest amendments to California's GDL law include:
Teens who have had their driver's license less than one year may not drive between 11 pm and 5 am unless the driver is accompanied by licensed driver age 25 or older. There may be exceptions for a job, school, a family need, or a medical emergency.
Teens who have held their driver's license less than one year may not transport any passengers younger than 20 (except family members) without having someone 25 or older in the front passenger seat of the vehicle.
Absolutely NO electronic devices while driving: On July 1st, 2008, using a cell phone (even with a headset), or any other mobile service device (PDA, laptop, pager, walkie-talkie, etc.) while driving will be illegal for under-18s. Experienced drivers become horrible when using electronics; for the inexperienced, it's just plain asking for trouble. Distractions are the No. 1 cause of teen car accidents.
Read our article SF Parents Guide to Driver’s Education – Yikes! by Chris Loughran.
• California Department of Motor Vehicles Teen Page
• Selecting a Driving School from California DMV
• Learning to Drive from Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Learn what is a permit, driver education and more.
• Driver Ed at Home course information.
• AAA shares ways to keep a new driver - and their passengers - safe on the road. If you are a memeber of AAA you can request a FREE teen driving dvd. Non-members can purchase for a small fee.
• UC study: Teen drivers distracted by passengers. More than a third of teenage drivers surveyed by University of California researchers admitted that they have been distracted by young passengers while driving. The most common distraction was talking, yelling, arguing or being loud, but 22 percent of the teenage drivers said they were distracted by passengers doing things like "fooling around," "messing around," or "being stupid." Read more from link above.