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"Prepare. Respond. Recover. It's time to get Ready LA" - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
We’re all in a hurry Appointments to keep deadlines to make, friends to see. In a city as large as L.A., getting there can be a challenge. Many people use our public transportation systems. For the most part they are quick, efficient and affordable. But whether you are taking the bus, the metro line or other forms of transit, safety and preparedness should always be part of your plan. Here are some interesting facts about various forms of public transit.

Transit Safety

Tracking the facts
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  • Public transportation is a $44 billion industry, employing over 300,000 people.
  • Mass transportation includes buses, trolleys and light rail, commuter trains, van pool services, paratransit services, ferries and tramways.
  • Trains travel at speeds up to 55 miles per hour, often only a few minutes apart.
  • It requires about 200 yards, the length of two football fields, for trains to stop. >
  • Many times you cannot hear a light-rail train until it is nearly upon you.
  • Subway trains travel in both directions.

Traveling safely
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While public transportation is one of the safest modes of travel, there are inherent dangers of which you should be aware. Recent high-profile incidents demonstrate that accidents can occur with deadly force. Here are some helpful tips for staying safe when using our public transportation system.

  • If you are waiting for a public bus or Metro Line train, stand safely back from the curb or tracks.
  • When you exit from the bus, train or other public vehicle, watch you step and look to your left and right as you depart.
  • Be aware of the “blind” danger zones near the bus or train where the driver cannot see you.
  • Sit down securely in your seat; if you must stand, grab hold of one of the gripping devices provided.
  • It is dangerous to run for a bus or train if you are late… remember that another will come along at a regularly scheduled interval.
  • If you have young children with you, help them onto the transit vehicle since large steps with gaps between them can be difficult for a small child.

In case of emergency
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You’re enjoying your ride, staring out the window, chatting with a fellow commuter or reading the paper. Suddenly, it happens… a loud crash, screams and pandemonium! An accident has occurred with incredible swiftness. The best chance of survival for you and other passengers is to remain calm and follow some common rules, whether the threat is a collision, a mechanical malfunction or a terrorist attack.

  • Listen for instructions from the vehicle operator or other authorities, if applicable.
  • Walk, don’t run, toward the exit in an orderly fashion.
  • Help other passengers who may be hobbled by minor injuries, but do not obstruct aisles or exits.
  • If dangerous fumes or smoke are involved, cover your face with a handkerchief, jacket or even your shirt.
  • After exiting, move safely away from the accident area, in case of explosions and to allow medical personnel to enter unhindered.

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