APTA, Vision Zero Network analysis touts transit safety

A new research analysis released Aug. 29 by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the Vision Zero Network, a nonprofit campaigning to end vehicle traffic fatalities, suggests cities with higher public transit use can cut their traffic fatality rates by as much as 40 percent.

The analysis, entitled “Public Transit is a Key Strategy in Advancing Vision Zero and Eliminating Traffic Fatalities,” reveals metropolitan areas with high rates of public transportation use see lower traffic fatality rates, APTA explained.

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