Safety advocates eye public transportation as way to reduce traffic deaths

With the number of traffic fatalities on the rise in the U.S., safety advocates are looking to public transportation as a way to improve commuter safety. A new study conducted by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) found that the chance of being in an accident decreases by more than 90 percent when taking public transit instead of driving. That makes public transportation about 10 times safer per mile than commuting by car, the study found. Communities where residents take an average of more than 50 annual transit trips per capita experience about half the number of traffic deaths as cities where commuters average fewer than 20 annual transit trips. “No mode of traveling is risk free, but the small number of fatalities on public transportation does not compare to the tens of thousands we lose on roads and highways,” Richard White, acting president and chief executive officer of APTA, said during a press call Wednesday.

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