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How to make LA buses and subway a safer place

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Passengers board Metrolink subway trains during rush hour on June 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Skyrocketing gas prices are driving more commuters to take trains and buses to work instead of their cars. David McNew/Getty Images

A new survey from Los Angeles Metro finds that 22 percent of bus and subway riders had experienced "unwanted sexual behavior including, but not limited to, touching, exposure, or inappropriate comments" over a six-month period.

It’s not a problem unique to Los Angeles. From New York to New Delhi, public transport officials have had to deal with sexual harassment issues facing passengers. What could be done to address the problem? If you ride the bus or the subway, have you ever been a target of unwanted sexual behavior?


Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA. Her research focuses on public transportation and women’s safety issues

Genevieve Berrick, founder and site leader of Hollaback L.A., which brings attention to harassment of women in public spaces

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