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For Women Only: Safety by Segregation

Women's safety on public transit is increasingly in focus worldwide. Many systems have turned to designating separate areas for women, but what happens after they get off?

Jonna McKone of TheCityFix reports:

"More women are commuting today than ever before, and this includes girls and youth expected to travel independently to and from school or work.

There are safety issues unique to the close quarters and anonymity of cramped trains, subways or buses. But segregating women and men seems like a short-term solution. What happens when women get off the train or subway? Or when they are waiting for a bus?

In the end, female safety is an argument for integration: all sections of the journey need to be safe to encourage ridership. If a bus station is well-lit, but the walk to the station or the parking lot is dangerous or intimidating, people, not just women, won't use the service."

Thanks to Garrett Bradford

Full Story: Separate But Equal: A Winning Policy for Women in Transit?

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