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12 posts from September 2010

09/10/2010

Red Cross Relief for Victims of the San Bruno Fire

10sept10_red_cross The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is providing assistance to the residents affected by the explosion in San Bruno. Red Cross teams are supporting an evacuation center and two shelters in San Bruno. One shelter is located at the Veterans Memorial Recreation Center in San Bruno. The second shelter is open adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Center at the senior center.  The Red Cross will be providing food, shelter and crisis counseling services for affected families.

Any residents affected by the fire may contact 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) for assistance.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by the donations of time and money by people in the Bay Area. If you are interested in helping residents affected by home fires and other local emergencies, please call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY or visit http://www.redcrossbayarea.org

For additional ways to donate please visit EmpowerSF - http://www.empowersf.org/sfgivesback/

09/08/2010

Mayor Announces Highest On-Time Performance for Muni

Mayor Newsom Announces Highest On-Time Performance for Muni

Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni), announced today that Muni achieved the highest recorded annual on-time performance (OTP) rate of any fiscal year since recordkeeping on OTP began.The Agency’s 73.5 percent OTP for FY09-10 is a high-water mark, up from 69.2 percent in July 2006 when the SFMTA began keeping the statistic.

“In spite of $220 million in state transportation cuts and difficult budget challenges, I am very encouraged that Muni has maintained and even improved its on-time performance in the last year,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom.  “We still have a long way to go to reach our goals, but I am confident we can restore service and make even greater improvements to Muni’s reliability through continued efficiency and common-sense reform.”

In addition to the record-high annual OTP, the SFMTA has also posted encouraging numbers in two other important areas of service delivery. The Agency’s “Scheduled Service Hours Delivered” metric held steady at 96.6 percent. While this still falls short of the SFMTA’s stated goal, it represents steady forward progress towards delivering reliable service to Muni riders. This statistic is an indicator of how crowded buses get and how frequently they pass-up customers.

Additionally, the SFMTA reported that on Tuesday, September 6, the Agency delivered 99 percent of service hours under the new partially restored schedule. This signifies operator and equipment availability to deploy and maintain a more robust schedule. Read more