Today’s Headlines

  • Muni Could Allow System Wide All-Door Boarding Next Year (SF Gate, KCBS)
  • Muni Driver Absences Drop to Lowest Level Since 2008 (SF Examiner)
  • SFMTA Projecting $23 Million Budget Shortfall (SF Examiner)
  • Mayoral Candidates Share Their Muni Stories With Muni Diaries
  • BART Protests Have Cost the Agency More Than $300,000 (Bay Citizen)
  • Chinatown Leaders “Heated Over Opposition to Central Subway” (SF Exam)
  • FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff Responds to WSJ Piece (Central Subway Blog)
  • TransForm: MTC Rushing Flawed Express Lane Proposal
  • Driver says He Didn’t See Man on Horse Before Fatal Crash (Mercury News)
  • Woman Injured by Driver in Santa Rosa Crosswalk (Press Democrat)

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  • mikesonn

    Note to self: Do not be a pedestrian in Santa Rosa.

  • icarus12

    The comments section of the Examiner re: MUNI drivers’ absenteeism rate are quite good.  I suggest people take a look at them.  I see little to celebrate when the drivers’ rate of absence is 12% — much higher than drivers’ absences at other transit agencies in the Bay Area.  The best may be Golden Gate Transit’s.  I’m not sure, but I think it’s under 5%.  There is no excuse for the high rate of absences at MUNI — the morale there must be terrible and the management poor to allow that from year to year.  When your fellow workers don’t show up, it affects your pride in your work too.  And of course, it affects all of us — missed connections and higher costs for all that overtime.

  • I agree that Muni drivers’ absenteeism is a serious issue.  In fact, it was part of a cascade of failures that led to Emily Dunn’s death.

    Streetcar operators fail to show up to work. =>
    F-line doesn’t have enough operators, so runs are missed. =>
    F-line backs up creating long waits, crowding and unhappy passengers=>
    Muni decides to supplement F-line with buses =>
    Muni dispatches bus driver from another line who is unfamiliar with F-line route=>
    Muni dispatcher does not tell unfamiliar bus driver route to take to get to F-line=>
    Unfamiliar bus driver chooses terrible route=>
    Unfamiliar bus driver turns from 18th north onto Hartford, a very difficult corner=>
    Unfamiliar bus driver kills Emily Dunn, innocently crossing the street in a crosswalk.

    It was clearly a number of failures that caused this tragedy, but if the multiple F-line operators absent had instead reported to work that Friday, would Emily Dunn be alive today?

  • icarus12

    Yes, she would be alive.  Like a plane crash, it’s never one bad decision — it takes at least three.

  • icarus12

    Yes, she would be alive.  Like a plane crash, it’s never one bad decision — it takes at least three.

  • icarus12

    Yes, she would be alive.  Like a plane crash, it’s never one bad decision — it takes at least three.

  • The Greasybear

    A deaf SF pedestrian is killed by a bad motorist in an SUV. Naturally, SFPD just cannot get itself to issue any citation whatsoever. SFPD continues to coddle the most harmful road users. Bias, bias, bias.

     http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/07/BAFR1L1DV8.DTL&tsp=1

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