Florida’s Public Transit and Women’s Safety- Real and Perceived Concerns

Principal Investigator:

Victoria Perk, Ph.D


Building upon recent work for FTA regarding women’s issues in public transit, this research would aim to look into women’s safety and security concerns on Florida’s public transit systems. Research has shown that womentend to shape their travel around a fear victimization, particularly when it comes to public transportation.

While women’s level of fear about this safety is not necessarily supoorted by statistics, it is important to note that many intimidating acts go unnoticed or underreported. If these concerns were addressed, particularly for women, transit ridership could experience increases in choice riders and increased security and comfort for dependent riders. The proposed project will study three to four of Florida’s transit agencies. varying the selection by size and geographic location. For each of these agencies focus groups will be conducted of various demographics of women(e.g., young professionals, older women, mothers, etc.) to discuss their perceptions of transit safety in their area. This focus group data could be supported by onboard survey results from the agencies if readily available. Additionally the researchers would access and anlyze National Transit Database (NTD) safety/security data for each case study to see if reported incidents atch the focus group’ perceptions.Finally, agency safety protocol information could be utilized to see what procedures agencies currently have in place for dealing with events that occur on board transit vehicles and at station/stops. The information gathered from this research could b used to gain a better understanding of women’s real and perceived concerns about transit.
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Grant DTRT13-G-UTC56
Funding Amount $40,000
Project Start Date 1/1/18
Expected Date of Completion 12/31/18
Sponsor Organization Center for Urban Transportation Research- National Center for Transit Research
Sponsor Organization Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology- University Transportation Centers Program -Department of Transportation
Project Manager Robert L. Bertini Ph.D
Principal Investigator Victoria Perk Ph.D


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