Hidden Traffic Safety Solution: Public Transportation

Source: American Public Transportation Association (APTA), September 2016

From the press release:
The most effective life-saving traffic safety tool for a commuter and a community may be the daily metro transit pass.  A new study released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) shows that a person can reduce his or her chance of being in an accident by more than 90 percent simply by taking public transit as opposed to commuting by car.  This means traveling by public transportation is ten times safer per mile than traveling by auto.  

In the study, The Hidden Traffic Safety Solution: Public Transportation, authors reveal that transit-oriented communities are five times safer because they have about a fifth the per capita traffic casualty rate (fatalities and injuries) as automobile-oriented communities.  This means public transit cuts a community’s crash risk in half even for those who do not use public transit.  Public transportation communities spur compact development which reduces auto miles traveled and produces safer speeds.  The study was prepared by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute for APTA…..
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