Newsflash: Muni Needs More Money

It took a panel of experts

SFGate reports:

“One year ago, Mayor Gavin Newsom convened a panel of transportation and financial experts to hammer out a plan to find more money for the city’s struggling Municipal Railway transit system.

Today, with the group’s work nearly complete, the most politically plausible recommendations that emerged fall short of what’s needed to make significant service improvements anytime soon.”

More.

Will APTA Rail Conference Spur Good Behavior?

We’re waiting, Muni. And we’re watching.

And what the hell is an APTA Rail Rodeo? Well, funny you should ask:

Saturday, May 31 marks the 16th year for the International Rail Rodeo Competition, which highlights the best rail operators and maintenance teams from across North America. Competitors, selected from local and state competitions, will compete to be crowned champion.

While We Were Away

Muni went and hit some peeps.

Details are sketchy, but apparently early Saturday a woman was struck by a 71-Noriega at Market and Sixth. She was taken to General, but died from her injuries.

Then, Monday, a 12-Folsom struck a ped near Howard and Embarcadero. This accident was apparently originated with a car running a red light and cutting off the bus, which caused the 12 to strike the walker.

His condition is not known.

It should be noted that cause is not known in either of these incidents, but that extra caution is called for by pedestrians and bus operators.

Thx: SFist and The Examiner.

Muni Diaries Bug Fixed

Calling it a bug and saying I fixed it makes me sound so much more badass. Really, it was simply a matter of changing the default for new users from “subscriber” to “contributor.”

I realize many people have registered with us, which is great, heartwarming, and exactly what we want: a community-driven site. But you may have been frustrated by trying to figure out how to post your own diary.

Now, when you register, you’ll automatically become a contributor. After registration, if you’re not already there, click the “Site admin” link down on the right there under META, which takes you to the dashboard. From there, click “Write.” Compose your diary, adding photos and other media if you’d like, then click “Submit for review.” That’ll send it to one of our editors.

If you’re not done, and would like to give your Pulitzer-worthy mind more time to stew over whatever it is that brought you here, hit “save,” walk away, and come back at your leisure.

These things will become more streamlined in the future, I hope. I like WordPress, but would love to see the site become more customized down the road.

For now, thanks for reading, commenting, writing, telling your friends … whatever it is you’ve done. Thanks. And keep doing it, please. — Jeff

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