San Francisco fifth graders get a lesson in how to ride the rails

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SAN FRANCISCO — Navigating the local transit system is an important life lesson for anyone who lives in a metropolitan area. Now a school in San Francisco is teaching kids how to do just that.

The McKinley School’s After-School Enrichment Program recently offered a two-day class on how to independently ride MUNI. The class was offered to fifth graders and was taught by Peter Albert, a recently retired Municipal Transportation Agency planner.

“This is the next generation of Muni riders,” Albert tells the San Francisco Chronicle. “Like all Muni riders, they can approach this as a pain in the butt and one of the travails of the city. Or they can see it as a way to get around that doesn’t require a driver’s license and lets you see a lot of the city’s treasures.”

The class had children draw a map of their neighborhood and the nearest MUNI station, pay fares and make transfers. Organizers say the skills they learn will be beneficial when they have to get to and from middle school next fall.

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