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Since 2008, CTA buses have had more collisions annually than the nine other largest public bus systems in the US. The records indicate that the accident rate is roughly one bus incident per day, on average.
The number of CTA bus runs between collisions has increased in the last four years, which indicates that bus drivers are cataloguing more miles between accidents. On average, one crash occurred for every 34,566 trips made last year, marking a 9 percent improvement over 2008, CTA officials said.
CTA management credits a focus on defensive driving and technology for this collision-rate improvement. Other measures include driver recertification every two years, and a retraining course for bus operators who receive tickets for moving violations or are involved in accidents.
According to CTA records, 521 people were treated at hospitals after CTA bus accidents last year, and there was one pedestrian fatality.
As for the train side, the number of CTA rail accidents increased in 2008 and 2009, this due to incidents with people on the tracks in the path of a train or inside the gate at a street-level train crossing. Officials say that most of the incidents were suicides or attempted suicides.

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