Photo: Paul Chinn / The Chronicle
Someone getting a hand caught in a Muni door is not something that should happen. But in recent months since the rollout of new Muni trains, it has happened several times.
“It’s a serious safety issue,” Roger Marenco, head of the Muni drivers union, told KNTV. “As soon as a light hits it at a certain angle, it whites out the entire screen. It whites out the entire length of the train.”
Some Muni drivers who talked to KNTV blamed the “whiteout” effect for recent incidents of passengers’ hands getting caught in train doors, sometimes dragging them onto the tracks as the train pulled away. They say the bright light makes it much harder to see passengers at the rear of the train.
The Chronicle reported in June that SFMTA was installing additional sensors to the doors on the new fleet of train cars in order to prevent them from closing on late passengers’ hands. Riders called this a “hollow victory,” particularly because they believed this should not even be a problem in the first place.
To address visibility issues, MTA has plans to install larger screens where operators can see the rearview cameras from both sides of the train.
Read more about the investigation from KNTV.
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