The Municipal Transportation Agency Board approved the latest round of settlements for claims against the system today. This includes the case of Joyce Lam, a 76 year-old woman killed by a cable car in 2006, as we reported in a follow-up to our investigation into cable car safety. We first compared the accident and injury rate of San Francisco’s cable cars to all other forms of public transportation in 1998, and found the alarming headline – cable cars are the most dangerous form of public transportation in the country.
As part of today’s report, I requested updated data on the MTA safety records for the different modes of transportation. The only information I received was this chart showing the type and number of claims filed against MUNI for the past six fiscal years and the costs associated with those claims. Last year, the MTA paid out $11,389,042.46.