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Release date: MTA to Provide Free Service and Extra Service for the Earthquake Centennial

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From 3 to 3 Ride Muni Free

Public Transit in San Francisco has a long history of providing transportation during good times and bad. The Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 isn’t the only major event that we have experienced in San Francisco, but even back then, the cable cars continued to run.

On Tuesday, October 17, 1989, at 5:04 p.m., the Loma Prieta earthquake hit the Bay Area. Muni was quick to respond, helping to evacuate thousands of fans from Candlestick Park who had gone to witness the 3rd game of the Bay Bridge World Series. With all electrical power out in the city, Muni quickly put all the vehicles in its diesel fleet to work. Within 15 hours, Muni had restored 65% of its scheduled service; and less than 48 hours after the event we had 100% of our service restored.

The MTA has always had a tradition of going the extra mile. More recently on 9/11 when we provided buses for the airport, and during other crises, all of the employees of the MTA work together to keep the streets safe and clear and are always at the disposal of the Red Cross and other transportation and aid agencies if needed.

"I encourage all San Franciscans to take advantage of the free Muni services provided on this historic day," said Mayor Newsom. "Once again San Franciscan's are coming together, with multiple departments contributing to honor the commemoration of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire."

Nathaniel Ford, Sr., Executive Director/CEO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) said “San Francisco transit has a great tradition of being there when people need it most. In recognition of the city’s “Transit First” policy, and the important role public transit plays in our daily lives and during emergencies, the SFMTA is proud to offer free Muni service on all lines from 3:00 am on the morning of Tuesday April 18 through 3:00 am Wednesday, April 19, 2006.”

Large crowds are expected along the Market Street Corridor and in the downtown and Embarcadero areas all day. So why drive when you can Ride Muni Free? As an extra incentive to leave your car at home, there will also be special service in the Metro subway beginning at 3:00 help people get to the Centennial Events for the Great Quake.

For more information on Muni service, please call Muni’s Telephone Information Center at 415-673-Muni (415-673-6864), or visit For information on Muni's Accessible Services Program, please call 415/923.6142 (TTY 351.3443). For more information about the city’s centennial activities, visit

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