Today’s Headlines

  • Cyclist Remains Critical Following Hit-and-Run; Silver BMW Sought (Cyclelicio.us, KCBS, Merc)
  • Rampaging Hit-and-Run Driver Faces Fremont Murder Charge (SF Gate)
  • Supervisor Eric Mar Will Join Taxi Drivers To Protest MTA Medallion Plan (SFBG)
  • Can State DOTs Implement Obama’s High-Speed Rail Plan? (Trains for America via Streetsblog.net)
  • AVE Trains Having a "Profound Effect on Life" in Spain (WSJ via CHSRB)
  • Muni Begins Posting Daily Service Reports (SF Gate
  • Seattle Light-Rail Service Will Start in July (Seattle PI)
  • Contractors Invited to MTC, BART Meeting on Oakland Airport Connector (KCBS)
  • Berkeley City Manager Corrects Chronicle Climate Action Plan Story (East Bay Express)
  • Rolling Stop Bill Comes to a Halt in Oregon Statehouse (Hard Drive)
  • The Impact of Bicyclists in U.S. Cities (Seattle PI via Planetizen)
  • Another piece of news: the story in yesterday’s Chronicle saying Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates has given up his car because he wants to minimize his carbon footprint. Seems important to me, and I believe a first in the nation.

  • I believe the headline should be “Muni Resumes Posting Daily Service Reports.” From 2002 to 2006 you could download Muni’s daily operating report from Rescue Muni at this URL (which no longer works):

    http://www.rescuemuni.org/dailyops/

    For example, here is the report from March 2, 2006 in PDF format. It’s only been over the past couple of years that these reports were not available.

  • DaveO

    From the linked article on Muni’s serice reports:

    “[Of] the 1,600 operators on the roster, 371 — or 23 percent — were not available to work. The reasons: 138 called in sick; 72 were on vacation; 96 were on unplanned leave […] and 65 were out for other reasons.”

    So on a single random day, more than 8.5% of scheduled workers called in sick? I’m not even counting the “unplanned leave” and “other reasons” categories. How on earth is that possible?

    If full time employees call in sick 8.5% of the time, that amounts to about 22 days of sick time a year. Preposterous.

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