Our most recent coverage: NTSB Concludes On-Site Work In Muni Crash Investigation, (Embeddable, Sharable) Muni Crash Videos, Muni Crash Update: No Video Footage From Inside Either LRV, In Wake Of Crash, SFMTA Forbids Unauthorized Automatic To Manual Switch

CBS5: Feds Say Injuries Rising On SF Muni Trains Don’t I know it! I clunked my head on a pole on the N last night and haven’t felt right since. You know all this already, probably, but it’s fun to hear Muni spokesperson Judson True say “we’re willing to take all necessary steps to improve safety on the system.” Because that kind of is news.

Ex: Muni drivers now must stay in auto mode after crash You already know about the automatic.manual thing. Newsom told the head of Muni, Nathaniel Ford that he needed to conduct a separate investigation into the case, calls the accident “unacceptable.” Notes that “the passenger injury rate on light-rail trains in San Francisco has steadily increased since 2003,” and that “San Francisco cable cars and light-rail trains have killed eight pedestrians since 2006.”

ABC7: Muni Crash Surveillance Video Released You’ve already seen this video, but in this segment, the folks at ABC7 explain it to you (here’s the train, here’s the other train, boom). The Supes want an audit of Muni practices, too.

Ex: Muni Crash Video Released You’ve seen it. The only additional content on the page: a comment from reader “Dave”: “wow, no one looks to see if anyone is OK. These riders are in their own bubble and don’t give a $***. Is this apathy characteristic of SF culture?” I’m sure Dave is asking this question sincerely, and has no SF-related beefs he’s waiting to unleash.

CBS5: Video Of SF Muni Train Crash Released Most interesting thing to note here: did you know that in addition to the emergency brake, Muni trains have something called ” a ‘dead man’s lever,’ a grip that operators engage when switching from automatic to manual mode. When let go, the spring-loaded lever stops the train.”? Now that is intriguing.

Streetsblog: MTA Releases Video of Muni Crash at West Portal Station Commenter “Nick” says “If the K wasn’t there to stop the runaway train, it most likely would have killed some people over the next 3-5 blocks.” Agree/disagree?

Muni Diaries: From a West Portal resident: ‘Wrong Solution to Saturday’s Tragedy’ The problem isn’t the manual/automatic switch, which “any regular Muni patron knows…has been going on almost ever since the (the automatic control system) went online,” it’s the blackout! Don’t blame Muni!

Ex: Muni accident prompts call for hearing Supes Dufty, Elsbernd and Mirkarimi “concerned about allegations by union officials that Muni management has compromised safety in the name of on-time performance”

Chron: Newsom mum on Muni crash Why hasn’t Newsom released a statement about the crash?

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  • Xenu

    Newsom cares more about his campaign than his job. I wouldn’t expect to hear anything from him about local events at this point.