A new study titled “Understanding How Women Travel” will be released later this month. The first of its kind by a transit agency in the United States, the report is a broad effort to identify and understand mobility barriers and challenges faced by women when using the Metro system.
Metro officials will be discussing the report at the Rail~Volution conference this week in Vancouver and the 6th International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation in Irvine. A detailed presentation on the report will also be given at the Metro Board’s Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 11:30 a.m. in the Board room at Metro headquarters. That meeting will be livestreamed and we’ll post the report and excerpts on The Source at that time.
The report is the first step in Metro’s process to better serve women riders and was initiated by Metro’s Women and Girls Governing Council and endorsed by Metro CEO Phil Washington. With the findings from this study, Metro will create a Gender Action Plan that will recommend policy, design and service upgrades that can improve women’s travel experiences on Metro.