Terrorism, Transit, and Public Safety - Evaluating the Risks

This paper evaluates the overall safety of public transit, taking into account all risks, including recent terrorist attacks. It indicates that transit is an extremely safe mode, with total per passenger-mile fatality rates approximately one-tenth that of automobile travel. It is important for individuals and public officials to avoid overreacting to terrorist threats in ways that increase overall danger. Transit terrorism would cause more total casualties and harm to society if individuals respond to attacks by shifting from public transit to less safe modes, or if decision makers respond by reducing support for public transit.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Victoria Transport Policy Institute

    1250 Rudlin Street
    Victoria, British Columbia  Canada  V8V 3R7
  • Authors:
    • Litman, T
  • Publication Date: 2005


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: 1 v., 9 p.

Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Prevention; Public transit
  • Subject Areas: Planning and Forecasting; Public Transportation; Security and Emergencies; I72: Traffic and Transport Planning;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01046350
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: TAC, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 26 2007 10:53AM