Date Available


Year of Publication


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone


Graduate School


Public Policy and Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Cory Curl


While often overlooked, the overreliance on private transportation across the United States has become a major source of danger, with thousands of lives lost every year to motor vehicle crashes. These deaths have been taken for granted, yet what is often forgotten is that in the face of increasing rates of motor vehicle crash deaths, we have the capability to prevent future tragedies like these from occurring through targeted policy decisions. While certain reforms to private transportation were found to be effective in improving traffic safety, such as implementing graduated licensing systems and lowering speed limits, the primary component of any successful transportation reform will be increasing access to public transportation. An increased availability of public transportation has been proven to be correlated with lower motor vehicle crash fatalities due to a higher number of people taking public transportation causing there to be fewer people on the roads, reducing the risk of crashes.