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Report: Better Public Transit Means Fewer Road Fatalities

September 13, 2018

September 11, 2018 ( According to an online news report from, a recent report shows that cities with better public transit have lower rates of traffic fatalities. Public transit could be the key to reducing vehicle crashes around the world.*

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the Vision Zero Network recently released a report that shows cities in which people take more trips on public transit per capita have a smaller number of road fatalities. Using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, the study found that metro areas with more than 40 annual transit trips per capita had lower traffic fatality rates than cities with fewer than 20 transit trips per capita. 

“One of the most powerful traffic safety tools a city can employ to eliminate deaths and injuries due to road crashes is its public transportation system,” said Paul Skoutelas, president and CEO of APTA. “It takes just a moderate increase in public transit use to result in a dramatic decrease in traffic fatalities.”

For example, in the last four years, New York City and San Francisco have significantly decreased their rates of traffic fatalities by focusing on improvements to public transit. Since 2014, traffic deaths are down 28 percent in New York City and down 41 percent in San Francisco. Especially compared to cities with larger public transit rates, areas like Atlanta, Tampa, Phoenix, and St. Louis have traffic death numbers higher than average. 

In its previous research, APTA concluded that public transportation is 10 times safer than traveling in a passenger vehicle, and rail transit is even safer than public transportation. Rail transit has 18 times fewer casualties than passenger car travel. 

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