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DOT: Transit Important Part of Bike, Pedestrian Safety Plan

DOT has announced safety plans for public transit agencies and ­riders as part of its new initiative to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities.

The report, Safer People, Safer Streets: Summary of U.S. Department of Transportation Action Plan to Increase Walking and Biking and Reduce Pedestrian and Bicyclist Fatalities, was recently released by DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx at the Pro Walk, Pro Bike, Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh.

The report includes two sections specific to public transit. Under the Road Safety for Transit Patrons initiative, the report states, “Safer bike and pedestrian infrastructure depends on effective relationships and communication between road agencies and transit agencies. Transit agencies and their customers can often identify gaps in the transportation network, but they do not typically have the authority to fill those gaps.”

Consequently, FTA, FHWA, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration staff will provide technical assistance to employees of public transit agencies and other transportation officials.

The Transit Agency Safety Plan, under development by FTA as part of MAP-21, will help guide public transit agencies to establish policies to encourage safe access to public transit, consider safety risks, and partner with the communities they serve to manage these safety risks.

Find the report here.
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