Big Data: Want more people to use public transit?

The Boston Globe featured research by Marlon Boarnet of the USC Price School on barriers to making public transportation more hospitable for women. Boarnet described his research on travel habits of women living near the Expo light rail line in Los Angeles and reasons they increased their light rail use only half as much as men, including perceptions of safety and fear of harassment.

The study, by researchers at Tamkang University in Taiwan, the University of Southern California, and the University of California at Irvine, underscores the importance of safety in boosting public transit use and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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