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Bus Stop Crash Raises Pedestrian Safety Issues
Bus Stop Crash Raises Pedestrian Safety Issues

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AIR DATE: September 19, 2012

A deadly car crash at a bus stop that killed four people last week has raised concerns about pedestrian and bus stop safety. Commuters waiting for a bus around 6:22 a.m. were struck by a car that spun out of control after bottoming out. The car was moving more than 100 mph. In the first six months of this year, 128 pedestrian were killed by cars across Nevada. In Clark County 95 people have been killed in the same time. What can be done to protect pedestrians at bus stops? We'll discuss how pedestrians can stay safe on Las Vegas roads.
 
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Tina Quigley, general manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

Officer Marcus Martin, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police

David Goldberg, Transportation for America

Michelle Terry, pedestrian advocate

 

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    I am a CAT rider and use the bus stop at Sprint Mountain and Decatur. My prayers go out to all touched by last week's horrific incident. All the avenues suggested by your panel give hope someone is listening and concerned. Here is my suggestion. We need to adapt fast train connector(or over /under street alternative) which would enable more traffic relief and get pedestrians off the streets. When CAT builds routes/or hubs there should be this consideration. My experience in more urban areas is a testament that people will park and ride...look at NYC, Atlanta. Think about the reduction of time spent waiting for this vehicle and the shortening of time reaching your destination. Great having business folks on cue in this effort. But please enlist those that ride the bus, too.
    Barbara PhillipsSep 18, 2012 10:14:19 AM
    I've lived in Las Vegas my entire life and routinely used public transportation. I feel the lack of general awareness in both drivers and pedestrian is the cause, not the roads or the bus shelters (or lack there of) is the issue. when you leave your house you should BE AWARE of what is going on around you. You can't see it all coming to be sure but you can help yourself by not having your nose in a book,iPad,iPhone or what-have-you.
    DavidSep 18, 2012 09:42:47 AM
    I come from a place where the speed limit on the highways was 55mph so i baffles me to think that someone would-be plan acrosswalk across a 4 lane road that has a 45 mph speed limit and expect cars to stop on a dime. It's the equivalequvilant to putting a crosswalk on a highway. No one would do that because it would he ridiculous. Why Then are we surprised that pedestrians are getting hit and killed
    erinSep 18, 2012 09:37:47 AM
    AMEN!
    xgxaxSep 18, 2012 09:41:16 AM
    Drivers in Las Vegas (and possibly many other places) drive like they are the most important person on the road. They speed, they drive erratically, changing lanes on a whim just to get 10 feet closer to the red light. Pedestrians are rarely given the right of way, cross walks are few and far between, public transportation is limited and many connector stops have only a few minutes between stops, if you miss your bus often times you wait 30 minutes to an hour. It makes people take risks. There is no way to change these things unless we change the people.
    xgxaxSep 18, 2012 09:36:59 AM
    I am from Portland, Oregon and I think that for one thing the roads are way to wide, which encourages driver to drive fast. 6 lanes across in most of Vegas is ridiculous. I travel those roads a lot and there is no need for that many lanes. Also, the neighborhoods roads are also too wide. As someone who lived in a pedestrian and bicycle friendly city, Vegas has it all wrong when it came to designing the roads.
    Darby FredricksonSep 18, 2012 09:28:40 AM
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