This study was conducted in accordance with California Senate Bill 1161 (2022), legislation that directed the Mineta Transportation Institute to develop a reliable, easy-to-use survey instrument for collecting information from public transit passengers about the extent, location, and characteristics of any street harassment they experience. Although the legislation is focused on large California transit agencies, the study findings are equally relevant to smaller agencies and agencies outside the state. To develop the recommended questionnaire, we reviewed literature about street harassment, analyzed transit passenger surveys to explore the questions asked about safety and harassment, received feedback on iterative drafts of the questionnaire from numerous transit riders and experts, and pilot-tested the survey with 329 bus and train riders. The recommended questionnaire is available on the MTI website in fourteen languages, including English, Spanish, and Chinese.
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Asha Weinstein Agrawal, Jon Canapary, Carol Anne Caroll, Tam J. Guy, and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris. "Learning about Street Harassment on Transit: A Survey Instrument for Transit Agencies" Mineta Transportation Institute Publications (2023). https://doi.org/10.31979/mti.2023.2301