CTA transit choices result in fewer Chicago teen driver deaths?
The Chicago Tribune on Sunday summarized its yearlong Teens at the Wheel coverage with a special section on Sunday. It was an excellent, though sad, series that no doubt will get Pulitzer consideration.
As I read it, looked at the map of accidents and analyzed the numbers of all the teen victims, I thought to myself: Thank God for the CTA.
You see, only 12 of 59 teen victims of traffic accidents were Chicago residents, and just 9 of 47 accidents were in Chicago. And I'm thinking that the CTA had something to do with that.
You see, Chicago residents have much greater mass transit choices than do suburbanites. My own 16-year-old daughter is not really interested in getting a driver's license yet (thank God) because we live close to the Red Line and she can use public transit to go just about anywhere she wants to go.
Admittedly, I didn't do a full analysis of the numbers. For instance, I don't know what percent of teens live in the suburbs vs. the city. And I realize there's plenty more square footage of land/roads in the suburbs vs. the city.
But I still can't help but think if there were more mass transit choices in the suburbs that there would be fewer teens dying in traffic accidents.
Again, I thank God for the CTA and the fact that my daughter can use it -- instead of a car -- to see her friends and get to school.