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Tired but True: MUNI

Posted by: on May 13, 2007 | No Comments

I’ll summarize up top: is there anyway to find out ‘incident’ stats on MUNI? Accidents, claims, etc?

Background: I live on Corbett, lower side of Twin Peaks, right above Market. It’s a twisty street serviced by the 37. And MUNI tried to kill me.

A few months ago, I had just turned off Portola on Corbett coming down to my house, and the 37 came tearing around a blind corner, doing at least 40, and occupying 1/3 of MY side of the road. I slammed on the brakes and banked right as much as possible. Parked cars made it impossible to seek complete shelter. The 37 took my driver’s side mirror off, leaving it dangling like an eviscerated organ, and coming within about 4 inches of killing me. Plowing into a 3500 lb car with 20+ tons of piss-soaked bus would of most certainly been my death.

Did the 37 stop? Of course not. I doubt they even felt it. When I called, did they even care? “Was there witnesses? How do we know it just didn’t happen on the street?” (Never mind I haven’t parked on the street since 2002 in San Francisco, and never in this car.) The replacement mirror cost under $300 — I suppose a small price for having not died, but what really pisses me off is that I still see this, day in and day out. Reckless high-speed driving, paying no attention to those pesky lanes. From both outside and inside the bus. At least twice a week, I make some sort of comment to myself about how “the 37 almost just killed me.”

So, anyone know where I can get stats on just how dangerous that bus is?

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