Friday, September 2, 2016

APTA: Press Conference Call Briefing (07 Sep)

Media Advisory 9/1/2016
Contact: Mantill Williams, 202-496-4869,

Press Conference Call Briefing

Public Transportation Use as a Traffic Safety Tool to Reduce Deaths and Injuries on the Nation’s Roadways
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm. Eastern time.
To Participate by Conference call contact Mantill Williams, 202-496-4869 office phone, 202-329-1857 cell phone, or

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA), with participation from public transit leaders, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the American Public Health Association (APHA), invite you to a conference call press briefing which explores how public transportation use can have a dramatic impact on reducing deaths and injuries due to auto crashes on the nation’s roadways. 

This briefing will feature a new research study which will address these questions: When a commuter switches from driving a car to taking public transit, what is the impact on their crash risk?  How many transit trips a year would a person need to take to see dramatic safety benefits?  Is there a different auto crash death rate when comparing transit oriented communities to automobile oriented communities?  Can public transit impact high-risk driver groups such as drunk and distracted drivers?  What is public transit’s impact on addressing our most vulnerable driver groups such as teens and senior drivers? 
Richard White, Acting President and CEO, APTA, Washington, DC
The Honorable Dr. Bella Dinh-Zarr, Vice Chair, NTSB, Washington, DC 
Jeff Knueppel, General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
David Genova, General Manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Anthony Palmere, General Manager, Unitrans at University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
Dr. Susan Polan, Associate Executive Director, APHA, Washington, DC 

To attend, contact Mantill Williams at 202-496-4869 office phone, 202-329-1857 cell phone, or

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.  


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