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Wanted: any proof that travel in the Bay Area has become “a little easier”

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 11:31am

This can’t be a good sign. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission — an agency that helps plan, coordinate and finance transportation projects in the nine-county Bay Area — has extended the deadline for its biennial “Excellence in Motion” awards (pictured) program, designed to honor “exceptional projects, organizations and individuals that strive to make travel around the Bay Area a little easier,” according to the release the group put out publicizing the deadline extension. (The original deadline was May 9, a week from tomorrow.)

The MTC is still seeking nominations for its Grand Award, as well as nominations for
special categories, including extraordinary accomplishments in community service; efforts that have improved transportation services for the elderly or persons with disabilities; a bus driver train operator or other transportation employee who “”goes beyond the call of duty”; “long-term quality leadership in the transportation profession”; and, lest we forget whence the money flows, an award honoring a state or federal legislator whose work has had a positive effect on transportation.

So did the reason for the deadline extension have anything to do with the paucity of nominees to date? We put out calls to the MTC but have yet to hear back. In its press release, MTC Executive Director Steve Heminger said that, “By extending the deadline for two weeks, we hope to encourage more people to recognize their transportation heroes.”

Those driving the Dumbarton Bridge or 101 on the Peninsula might notice some easing of congestion in the not to distant future: Sun Microsystems said today it plans to cut up to 2,500 jobs after reporting a drop in sales during its most recent quarter because of a softening U.S. economy. Perhaps a nomination for Sun’s CEO, Jonathan Schwartz?