At the MTA’s board meeting yesterday afternoon, lots of fun facts whipped right on by. Perhaps overshadowed by the news that an arrest had been made in Monday’s stabbing on the J Church (BTW, here’s the most recent coverage on that from the Chron and Examiner), there’s some good stuff there! Like:

100 the percentage of Muni surveillance cameras now said to be operational, according to Muni safety chief Jim Dougherty

243 the number of on-transit crimes reported in the last financial quarter

Fewer than 225 Muni’s goal for on-transit crimes in the next financial quarter (that’s 900 a year, or almost 3 a day)

Almost 40,000 the number of fare evasion tickets written in the past financial year, up nearly 13,000 from the year before

14.4 the average percent of operator absence by mid 2009

73 the percent of the time Muni’s on-time. The voter-mandated target rate is 85%, which was still failing in my high school chemistry class. Just saying!

That’s just a sampling of the data Appeal reporter Chris Roberts slurped up at the meeting — check out the complete report for all sorts of other fascinating and fun facts, which, if you’re Streetsblog, indicate “a grim scenario.”

One place Muni seems to be saving money: the bright orange cap and vest clad folks Muni’s sending out to “hand out information pamphlets, answer questions, and provide alternate route suggestions to curious passengers”? According to the Examiner, they’re all volunteers.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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