No woman should be subjected to groping, lewd comments or sexual assaults, but these are common complaints in many public transit systems around the world. A recent poll was conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 15 of the world’s largest capital cities plus NYC to determine the most dangerous transport systems for women. Nearly 6,500 women were surveyed and it was discovered that Latin America is home to some of the worst. Six out of ten women reported being harassed on public transit in that region. Here’s how the survey ranked the major cities of the world, starting with the best down to the worst transport systems for women.
16. New York City, USA
New York City was the only non-capital city included in the survey. As the worlds largest public rapid transit system with 1.7 billion riders annually, it was worth including. It turns out the Big Apple’s bustling subway, train and bus network is the best in the bunch. Researchers believe the relative safety of New York’s transport system is due to its widespread use of CCTV cameras, strong police presence and points of communications where passengers could report issues. That being said, 30 percent of the women surveyed had experienced physical or verbal abuse while riding city transit.