In February, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the state agency with oversight of rail and light-rail transit systems slammed Muni for pervasive safety problems. The CPUC threatened Muni with fines of up to $20,000 a day if the safety issues they cited are not addressed. For an agency currently facing a $22 million budget deficit this fiscal year, daily fines of $20,000 are not something Muni can afford.
The CPUC report listed eight major Muni safety violations, including problems with defective tracks, as well as poorly operating tunnel control systems. The CPUC report alleged that Muni dragged its feet on fixing persistent problems, such as the worn-down N Judah and J Church tracks at Church and Duboce. CPUC also claimed that Muni failed to respond to 13 findings from a 2008 audits and to dozens more inspection findings from 2009 and 2010. CPUC also accused Muni of failing to provide over 30 accident reports from the last two years. Read More