Muni travels in subway with door open; SF supervisor aboard the train 

When a Muni train traveled through the subway Friday night with an open door — an event captured by an amateur cameraman — one of the passengers who witnessed the event was none other than San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener.

The video, which was posted on to You Tube and later reported on by ABC 7, shows a group of passengers looking shockingly calm while a Muni light-rail vehicle zips through the underground with one of its doors ajar.

Wiener can be seen front and center in the video, which was shot Friday at 6 p.m., on an outbound L-Taraval train that was travelling between Van Ness and Church Street stations.

Wiener said the reason for the passengers’ relatively calm demeanor was that the operator had made an onboard announcement, alerting the riders that he knew about the door malfunction. The operator asked passengers to stand clear of the open door, Wiener said. That recount differs slightly from ABC’s reporting, which stated that none of the passengers decided to alert the operator about the open door.

By the time the train arrived at Church Street station, the operator asked all the passengers to leave, so maintenance crews could inspect the broken door, Wiener said. The freshman supervisor, who made Muni reliability a top priority of his office, said he didn’t think anyone was in danger of falling out the open door, although he did have concerns that a rock or some debris might fly in and injure one of the passengers.

After getting off the train, Wiener said he immediately called Muni transit chief John Haley to report the problem. Haley already knew about the glitch and was looking into it.

Muni officials have now attributed the problem to operator error.

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