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Is She Safe On the Metro Rail Gold Line? Women's Perception of Safety at the Metro Rail Station

Abbey Ibarra Is She Safe on the Metro Rail Gold Line? Women's Perception of Safety at the Metro Rail Abstract Women's safety on public transportation has had limited focus in transportation planning literature. In order to address this issue, this study will investigate women's perception of safety at stations on the Metro Rail Gold Line. Based primarily on a qualitative research methodology, I conducted surveys with women metro rail riders. A total of four station have been analyzed that differ in income levels and environmental factors. Two of the stations are in low-income communities: Chinatown and Pico/Aliso station. The other two are in high-income communities: Southwest Museum and South Pasadena Station. I analyzed questionnaires and examined the association between the perception of safety and station's characteristics among women who use public transportation who are 18 years old or older. The main research findings analyze the comparisons among sociodemographic and the economic value of the stations to better understand and measure women's perception of safety among the station's physical, social, and maintenance characteristics.

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