CAE talks safety on public transportation

Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Portfolio | 0 comments

Tracy Hobson with Cheska Tolentino and Marvin Holland of Transport Workers Union Local 100

Tracy Hobson with Cheska Tolentino and
Marvin Holland of Transport Workers Union Local 100

Last Friday, CAE’s Executive Director Tracy Hobson attended The Future of Mass Transit: a Mayoral Forum on Public Transportation representing CAE, but also as a member of the New Yorkers for Safe Transit (NYFST), a coalition that works against gender-based violence on the New York City public transportation. In the last year, NYFST surveyed over 1,000 transit riders to investigate individual’s experiences of violence on the subways and buses and has made a series of recommendations to future mayors.

NYFST raised three specific issues related to safety in the subways:

1. Information gap on the frequency and severity of harassment/assault experienced by transit passengers.

2. Under-reporting of transit harassment and assault.

3. Increasing safety within the transit system to prevent violence in the first place.

Click here to download all of NYFST’s recommendations to the candidates.

The town hall was a grand success: seven of eight candidates attended the event and discussed a great many issues related to public transit, but the event focused on safety concerns. The New York Times reported:

…much of the forum focused on crime aboard subways and buses. Mr. de Blasio called for stricter laws to curb sexual assaults on crowded trains that are known as grinding. Tom Allon, a newspaper publisher seeking the Republican nomination, suggested that the city invest in a system modeled on the Police Department’s signature CompStat program, offering a possible name: “GropeStat.”

CAE is thrilled that this very important issue is currently at the forefront of the mayoral campaign, and we hope transportation safety and violence againt all of our communities continues to be an issue discussed throughtout this campaign, especially in light of the horrific violence against LGBTQ individuals on the subway this month. Go check it out a great post from our friends at Hollaback! about how we all have a responsibility to speak up when we see violence occurring around us.