Public Transit is Key Strategy in Advancing Vision Zero, Eliminating Traffic Fatalities

Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries. Started in Sweden 20 years ago, it has been adopted by more than 30 communities in the United States during the past four years, showing promising early results. As the movement toward Vision Zero grows – with more than 30 U.S. communities committing to the goal of zero traffic deaths – public transit is increasingly recognized as a core strategy to support safe mobility for all. Public transportation is one of the safest ways to travel. It is ten times safer per mile than traveling by car because it has less than a tenth the per-mile traffic casualty (injury or death) rate as automobile travel. APTA Policy analysis of recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) data show that metro areas with higher public transportation use have lower traffic fatality rates. Research shows that modest increases in public transit mode share can provide disproportionately larger traffic safety benefits. An increase from 20 to 40 annual transit trips per capita represents a small change in behavior—simply taking two more public transit trips per month. This suggests that typical U.S. urban regions can reduce their traffic fatality rates 10-40% by making public transit a higher priority, in conjunction with various support strategies such as pedestrian and bicycling improvements, commute trip reduction programs, efficient parking management, and transit-oriented development policies.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Vision Statement
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 5p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01683043
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 1 2018 11:31AM