New Study Looks at How to Make Transit Feel Safe for Everyone

  • Date: 10/20/2023

Transit is much safer than driving. That's just a fact. Nevertheless, if people don't feel safe, statistics still won't get them on the train or bus if given a choice. But how do transit agencies make trains and buses feel safe for everyone, given the various backgrounds of different riders?

That's what TransForm examines in a new study released this week called Ride Fearlessly: A Framework for Reimagining Transit Safety.

From the study, authored by Haleema Bharoocha, transportation safety policy expert:

As transit agencies seek to regrow ridership in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, safety remains a top priority for riders. In the San Francisco Bay Area, 36 percent of respondents in a recent poll indicated concerns about safety keep them from taking public transportation more frequently. Safety concerns discourage riders from using transit to access jobs, pursue education, receive health care, escape poverty, and improve their quality of life.

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