Public transit offers one of the safest ways to travel. Moreover, the public transit safety record shows continuing improvement. Data reported to the Federal Transit Administration from 336 transit systems indicate that from 1990 to 1996, the number of incidents per passenger mile decreased by 36%, while the number of fatalities per passenger mile decreased by 35%. Nonetheless, the public transit industry continues to pursue a zero tolerance goal of no fatalities or crashes. This article describes the broad range of actions being undertaken to identify and correct safety-related problems in public transit, including the issuance of voluntary safety standards and recommended maintenance practices for passenger railcars.


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Media Info

  • Features: Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 19-22
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 203
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00767709
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1999 12:00AM