The year-to-date rate of preventable accidents per million miles is 7.1% higher than in 2013 at this time, but 11% below the target. (A preventable accident is one in which the operator failed to do everything reasonable to prevent the accident.) Metro continues its focus on trying to reduce accidents, such as with a pedestrian awareness campaign to help reduce pedestrian accidents with Metro buses.
Assaults on transit operators are down 13% so far this year, compared with the same period in 2013. Of the 80 assaults through November, just one was a felony aggravated assault. During this period of 80 assaults, there were more than 118 million passenger boardings on Metro-operated buses — a rate of 0.68 assaults per million boardings, and less than 0.01 felony assaults per million boardings. This reduction continues a long-term trend, and reflects the success of Metro's Operator Assault Reduction Initiative. That initiative focuses on close coordination between Transit Operations and Metro Transit Police, and aims to reduce the number of assaults by looking at underlying reasons why these assaults occurred.