Mr Bowis announced that the government is about to commission research to find out whether people's fear of crime prevents them from using public transport.
Mr Bowis said: 'It is important to distinguish between the risk of crime on public transport and the perception that individuals have of that risk. We will be looking not only to assess the scale of these problems, but also for answers.
'I want to identify a range of measures and solutions which will improve the way in which the safety of public transport is perceived,' said Mr Bowis.
'Operators can do a huge amount to help. By reviewing their procedures and training, by looking at their vehicles and infrastructure from the passenger's point of view and by providing better information to the public they can persuade passengers who avoid or have left public transport because of fear of crime to return'.