Related analysis piece from Greg Dewar: Big MUNI Safety Hearings Today: Big Deal or “meh, Big Deal?”

San Francisco supervisors will hold a public hearing today on safety issues surrounding recent San Francisco Municipal Railway crashes that injured dozens.

On July 18, a Muni light rail vehicle crashed into another train at the West Portal station, injuring 47 people, and on Aug. 3, two Muni streetcars were involved in a crash with a sport-utility vehicle, injuring six people.

Supervisor Bevan Dufty called the hearing before the City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee to discuss Muni safety procedures that would prevent such crashes.

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd called a second hearing before the committee on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s safety standards, including medical screening procedures for bus and light-rail operators.

The hearings are the sixth and seventh items on the agenda for the committee meeting, which begins at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall.

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