imageFootball Heroes Come Out in Redwood City For a Great Cause: A collection of retired NFL stars will team up with veterans on Saturday to collect Christmas presents for families of veterans, the culmination of a two-week toy drive. The event, sponsored by the NFL’s Northern California Football Alumni, will take place in Redwood City from at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with the gifts being donated to children whose parents currently serve in the military, recently returned from overseas deployments, or who died in the line of the duty. The toy collection will take place at 1311 Roosevelt Drive, which can be reached directly by SamTrans Route 274.

Give Feedback to Cut Down on the (Unwanted) Feedback: The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will host an open-house meeting next Wednesday to discuss ways to cut down on the noise pollution blaring out from Interstate-680 between the Capitol Expressway and Mueller Avenue in San Jose. Due to the ever-increasing population surge in the South Bay, I-680 is an immensely busy travel corridor, making loud auto noises a huge problem for surrounding communities. The Wednesday gathering, a joint meeting hosted by Caltrans and the VTA, will discuss the possibility of  constructing soundwalls (essentially roadside barriers) as an effective noise abatement measure along the highway. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the San Jose City Hall.

Muni Gets Top Marks from its Riders: Muni, the public transit system of San Francisco, has an approval rating of 70 percent from its passengers—the highest mark given to the agency since it began its annual customer survey in 2001. The poll, filled out by 543 random passengers, found that seven out of 10 customers rated Muni service as “good” or “excellent.” That’s a huge increase from the 48 percent approval rating Muni received in the inaugural survey back in 2001. Muni attributed the rise in customer satisfaction to a spate of recent improvements, which include replacing the agency’s aging bus fleet, increasing Muni service, installing transit-only lanes and giving traffic signal priority to buses.

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