Understanding the Prevalence of Mental Health and Behavioral Distress in Transit Assaults and Presenting Targeted Response and Mitigation Methods to Reduce Victimization Trends

Understanding the causal or contributing factors that have led to the victimization of transit workers and riders is seminal to effectively addressing and mitigating this ever-increasing trend. The purpose of this research is to educate the public transit industry about the contributors to transit assaults and the strategies that may be deployed to address those factors. Through this research, the project team will examine transit agency-reported assaults and the source of these behaviors – targeting those assault events that can be attributed to mental health/behavioral issues, drug abuse, and homelessness; will document successful practices; and present other actionable insight for the industry that can lead to “new approaches, greater collaboration, and increased vigilance" to mitigate this risk.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $150000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Mineta Consortium for Equitable, Efficient, and Sustainable Transportation

      San Jose State University
      San Jose, CA  United States  95112

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Principal Investigators:

      Staes, Lisa

    • Start Date: 20230601
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240531
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01895418
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mineta Consortium for Equitable, Efficient, and Sustainable Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348328
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Oct 5 2023 11:08PM