Transit Safety

View from back of BART Police SUV driving down street in San Francisco, California.

Podcast: Addressing the Root Causes of Transit Violence

Deploying transit police is a short-term fix. How can transit agencies build sustainable safety efforts?

April 24, 2024 - Streetsblog USA

Empty hallway lined with white tile in subway station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

How Transit Architecture Impacts Real and Perceived Safety

More than a third of Americans believe major transit systems are too unsafe to ride. The built environment can change that.

April 23, 2024 - WHYY

New York Public Transit

Transit Riders Face the Highest Safety Risks in These 10 States

According to federal data, the average number of safety incidents on public transportation averaged 55.2 per 100,000 people across all states between 2010 and 2023. Which states came in well above the national average?

April 18, 2024 - PropertyCasualty360

Red public transit bus in Bangalore, India.

Indian States Give Women Free Bus Passes

The programs are part of an initiative aimed at helping more women join the workforce and improving access to basic needs.

March 28, 2024 - Next City

White and yellow Metro Transit streetcar in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Twin Cities Transit Agency Launches Safety Initiatives

The agency is pairing with nonprofit partners to provide on-site services and resources to riders and boosting fare enforcement without police involvement.

December 24, 2023 - Governing

CLose-up of bus driver from behind with only hand on steering wheel visible.

FTA Issues Draft Directive on Transit Worker Safety

The agency says assaults on transit workers are at ‘unacceptable’ levels.

December 20, 2023 - Mass Transit

Green Detroit public transit electric bus with high-rise modenr building in background.

$817 Million Safe Streets Grants Include $25M for Detroit

The city plans to use the funds to make safety and accessibility improvements at bus stops.

December 19, 2023 - WDET

Woman bus driver sitting behind wheel of bus wearing long-sleeved shirt and yellow safety vest.

How Inequality Impacts Transit Safety

Transit workers are being assaulted by riders at alarming rates, and inequity may be partly to blame.

December 8, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Close-up of bus driver from behind with only hand visible on steering wheel.

FTA Proposes Measures to Prevent Transit Operator Fatigue

Public transit is the only type of transportation not already subject to ‘hours of service’ and fatigue risk management regulations.

November 28, 2023 - Safety & Health

One-story Greyhound bus station in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Greyhound Abandons Stations at Travelers’ Expense

As the company shutters stations, passengers are left without shelter, basic amenities, and often farther from central cities and transit connections.

November 27, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Close-up of woman waiting on fairly empty subway platform with tracks and opposing platform blurred in the background.

Report: Transit Safety Begins With Better Service

Transit riders want more frequent service, less police.

November 15, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Yellow bus shelter with one young person sitting on bench at night.

Study: How To Make Transit Safer

A new report recommends boosting ‘ambassador programs,’ improving reliability and frequency, and supporting more anti-harassment initiatives.

October 26, 2023 - Streetsblog San Francisco

Womanin yellow jacket sitting on bench at outdoor train station with red wood depot building at night.

Turning a Gendered Lens on Transportation

People of different genders, ages, and abilities experience transportation differently. But policies aren’t designed that way.

October 23, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Few passengers waiting in subway station with multiple platforms and "North Station" signs in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Transit Riders Report Safety Concerns

Almost three-quarters of current and former riders report feeling unsafe while using MBTA services.

September 18, 2023 - Hoodline

Metro Subway Los Angeles

Opinion: To Improve Transit Safety, Boost Ridership

Research links high ridership levels with lower crime, signaling that, rather than introducing new security measures, transit agencies should focus on bringing riders back to their systems.

April 28, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

Passengers on a women's only subway car in Mexico City, Mexico

Mind the Gender Gap: Achieving Transit Equity Through a Gendered Perspective

How acknowledging the unique transportation needs of women can lead to more equitable, effective public transport service for all.

April 5, 2023 - Emma Chapman

Black and white photo of Los Angeles Metro Gold Line train pulling into above-ground station at night, with one woman passenger waiting on platform.

Fewer Women Riding Buses in Los Angeles

In a survey, riders expressed concern about safety, cleanliness, and timeliness on the region’s buses and trains.

November 10, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Metro Train Station

Activating L.A.’s Transit Stations

Advocates say encouraging community events, vendors, and activity at transit stations can improve public safety without increasing the presence of law enforcement.

September 15, 2022 - Streetsblog Los Angeles

Boston Subway T

Opinion: Funding The T Should Be a Massachusetts State Priority

With ridership revenue still lagging and fatal incidents plaguing the Boston-area transit agency, one writer argues that state lawmakers must step in to fund upgrades for the aging system.

July 26, 2022 - WBUR Cognoscenti

A police officer in a Baltimore, Maryland subway station

Transit Systems Begin To Shift Away From Police Enforcement

Some transit agencies are launching ‘ambassador’ programs that use unarmed personnel to respond to safety concerns and reduce interactions with armed law enforcement.

July 20, 2022 - Next City

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