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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Muni's Take On Latest Crash: This Is Happening Less and Less!

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 5:30 PM

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So the statistics released by Muni today seem to indicate that -- contrary to what the news may lead you to believe -- your probability of being mangled on (or by) Muni are decreasing. Muni vehicles got in (just?) 5.46 collisions per 100,000 miles traveled in 2009, the lowest tally in five years. Likewise, (only?) 125 collisions resulted in injuries in 2009, down from 174 in 2008.

So that means fewer people are being hurt, right? Well, hold the train, we can't be quite sure.  Accidents like the massive West Portal crash last July that injured nearly 50 people count as only one collision. Muni spokesman Judson True promised to get us stats on actual injuries on Wednesday.

"Certainly high profile collisions like that have a big impact on public perception and they're deeply regrettable," said True. "The trends are positive. We've made some improvements but we have to be vigilant to maintain that trend."

The preliminary conclusions to be drawn from Muni's stat barrage were a mixed bag. The positive: Overall collisions were down.

The pedestrian fatalities are down -- just two in 2009, compared to

four and eight in the preceding two years. Muni hit 38 pedestrians in

2009, compared to 61 in 2008. Yet other types of accidents increased.

Muni hit seven bicyclists in 2009, compared to four in 2008. More

worrisome is that 769 passengers had an accidents on board, compared

to exactly 100  fewer the earlier year.

Finally, True wasn't certain if "passenger accidents" include people being beaten to a pulp on Muni, which seems to be happening all too frequently. A guy socking you in the face an "accident"? I think not.

Photo   |   Jim Herd

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