By Phil Matier

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The California Public Utilities Commission has issued a scathing report after inspectors found numerous safety violations involving Muni streetcars.

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier said that the report alleged a number of violations on Muni over the past few years, including technical ones such as the failure to fill out accident reports in time.

Phil Matier for KCBS:

Other allegations were more serious, such as 29 safety violations that have not been fixed since 2009. This includes deteriorating tracks along Church and Duboce Streets and braking violations inside the Sunset Tunnel. Muni responded to that charge by saying that the system had never worked.

”Muni is shooting back saying they were blindsided,” said Matier. “They say they thought they were working with the CPUC to get these problems corrected.”

Matier said that key among those upset at the report is Nat Ford, the head of Muni, who also happens to be a finalist for a very choice transit job back in Washington D.C.

”I’ve got to think that this report, preliminary or not, coming out at this time might derail his plans of moving to D.C.,” said Matier.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Comments (3)
  1. Bill Vinacke says:

    Well – Mr. Ford ruined the Atlanta transit system, he has ruined San Francisco’s, so now it may be Washington DC’s turn!

  2. Norman Zhao says:

    Please fix this problem, so he can get the heck out. We’ve had enough.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS San Francisco

Get The New CBS SF Bay Area Local App
LIVE: Monday through Friday from 3am – 3pm PST

Watch & Listen LIVE