Accountability Center

Monthly Measures

Safety & Security

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In 2014, the rate of accidents per million miles was 3.7% higher than in 2013. Almost all of the increase was in October and November, and increased traffic congestion possibly contributed to that. Pedestrian accidents were down 35% in 2014. We attribute this improvement to our Pedestrian Awareness Training program, which includes education and communication campaigns aimed at Metro staff and the public.

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The 2014 rate of preventable accidents per million miles was 10% higher than in 2013, but 11% below the target (and slightly less than in 2011 and 2012). A preventable accident is one in which the operator failed to do everything reasonable to prevent the accident. Metro continues to focus on trying to reduce all accidents, such as with our Pedestrian Awareness Training, mentioned above.

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Assaults on transit operators in 2014 were 17% below 2013. Of the 82 assaults, just one was a felony aggravated assault. During this period of 82 assaults, there were more than 128 million passenger boardings on Metro-operated buses — a rate of 0.64 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.