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Video shows Muni train traveling with door open — again

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Update: Friday, April 22, 4:20 p.m. Muni spokesman Paul Rose now says that the train did run with an open door at around 10 a.m. on Thursday near the Forest Hill station. He said the operator of the train has been placed on nondriving status. The agency is currently investigating the incident, and has spoken with the passenger who sent in the video footage of the open door.

Update: Friday, April 22, 12 p.m. Muni spokesman Paul Rose said the agency reviewed mechanical and maintenance records of the vehicle in question, and watched video footage from Thursday night’s run, but could not find any evidence that a train door was open. The agency is trying to contact the passenger who shot the video to gather more information.

With the way Muni’s train doors operate, passengers may want to start traveling on the system with full body armor.

A new online video has been posted showing a Muni train travelling with its door open at full speed through The City’s underground tunnel. It is the second time in three weeks that a passenger has posted footage of Muni running its trains through the subway with doors ajar.

Muni spokesman Paul Rose said the agency is investigating the incident, which appeared to happen on Thursday near Forest Hill Station.

If the agency finds that human error was the cause for the accident, it will add another black eye for Muni’s transit operators. Eye witnesses for the previous open-door event said the operator knew about the problem and continued to run the train.

In February, an operator was caught texting while driving a 24-Divisadero, and earlier this month, another operator kicked a family off a bus for slowing down service. That operator has been fired, and the texting operator could be let go as well.

All the bad publicity can’t help the operators, who are in the midst of historic labor negotiations with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni. Despite all the bad news, the operators are still considering a possible move to strike, pending the outcome of negotiations.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com