Safety for Women
Understanding How Women Travel
In seeking to understand how women travel, Metro is taking an important first step towards easing the disproportionate efforts women put in to making the transportation system work for them.
Why Study Women’s Travel?
Metro’s Vision Statement includes “increased prosperity for all by removing mobility barriers.”
With women comprising more than half of Metro’s existing riders, and more than half the population in Los Angeles County, a key component of achieving the agency’s vision is to understand the mobility barriers to economic opportunity that women currently face.
Methods and Findings
Together, these methods reveal rich and significant findings about how women travel. This report organizes findings according to five themes:
Travel Behavior Trends
Overall travel trends and transit-specific travel trends.
Sexual harassment and crime, physical safety and injuries, presence of staff to manage safety concerns, and other issues that exacerbate safety concerns.
Financial access, physical access, and Access services.
Headways, real-time information, pass-ups, and service times.
Convenience & Comfort
Investment of time, cleanliness, customer service, and station and vehicle design.
Innovation already infiltrates Metro’s many offered services, from e-bikes in the Metro Bike Share fleet to the new MicroTransit pilot.
As travel modes and trends shift, Metro’s opportunities for investment and experimentation will expand, and should take into account the needs, preferences, and concerns of women.