Table 2-32. Transit Safety Data by Modea for All Reported Accidents

Table 2-32. Transit Safety Data by Modea for All Reported Accidents

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  1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Fatalities                   
Motor busc 92 80 91 79 90 69 82 100 90 91
Light rail 5 11 6 14 10 10 5 3 14 13
Heavy rail 51 59 33 37 41 43 32 28 18 21
Commuter rail 63 63 43 59 82 56 30 52 67 62
Demand responsive 0 2 0 2 2 1 3 2 2 1
Van pool 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Automated guideway 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 212 215 173 191 225 179 152 185 192 188
Injured persons                   
Motor busc 18,876 19,016 20,556 20,862 19,663 20,879 21,222 20,145 20,138 20,290
Light rail 465 474 468 361 327 355 680 320 332 427
Heavy rail 296 308 273 365 309 348 431 336 261 286
Commuter rail 84 560 110 210 216 159 213 99 66 54
Demand responsive 286 200 233 224 399 395 379 499 492 632
Van pool 16 36 13 58 24 23 25 52 53 37
Automated guideway 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0
Total 20,023 20,594 21,653 22,081 20,939 22,159 22,950 21,452 21,343 21,726
Accidents                   
Motor busc 55,289 44,467 34,282 28,596 27,754 23,819 23,425 22,995 22,277 21,407
Light rail 699 671 600 449 512 309 341 363 328 300
Heavy rail 144 188 613 662 744 637 346 325 293 396
Commuter rail 175 248 181 208 266 216 201 192 193 215
Demand responsive 1,613 814 668 524 659 647 774 886 664 862
Van pool 81 79 35 119 36 54 78 160 179 130
Automated guideway 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 0
Total 58,002 46,468 36,380 30,559 29,972 25,683 25,166 24,924 23,937 23,310
Vehicle miles (millions)                   
Motor busc 1,668 1,661 1,688 1,690 1,702 1,702 1,687 1,719 1,779 1,835
Light rail 24 27 28 27 34 34 37 41 43 48
Heavy rail 529 522 520 518 522 537 543 558 566 578
Commuter rail 187 188 188 206 210 217 203 216 242 249
Demand responsive 74 71 72 77 94 109 108 134 157 167
Van pool 8 8 13 16 18 19 25 33 44 49
Automated guideway 0.6 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.2 1.1 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4
Total 2,490 2,478 2,510 2,535 2,581 2,620 2,605 2,702 2,833 2,927
Rates per 100 million vehicle-milesd                   
Fatalities                   
Motor busc 5.5 4.8 5.4 4.7 5.3 4.1 4.9 5.8 5.1 5.0
Light rail 20.8 40.3 21.2 51.1 29.6 29.0 R13.3 R7.4 32.3 27.1
Heavy rail 9.6 11.3 6.3 7.1 7.9 8.0 5.9 5.0 3.2 3.6
Commuter rail 33.6 R33.4 22.9 28.6 39.0 25.8 14.8 24.1 27.6 24.9
Demand responsive 0 2.8 0 2.6 2.1 0.9 2.8 1.5 1.3 0.6
Van pool 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Automated guideway R162.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 69.0 0
Total 8.5 8.7 6.9 7.5 8.7 6.8 5.8 6.8 6.8 6.4
Injured persons                   
Motor busc 1,132 1,145 1,218 1,234 1,155 1,227 1,258 1,172 1,132 1,106
Light rail 1,933 1,735 1,654 1,318 968 1,030 R1,815 R785 767 889
Heavy rail 56 59 52 71 59 65 79 60 46 50
Commuter rail 45 297 59 102 103 73 105 46 27 22
Demand responsive 386 282 324 292 425 361 R349 372 313 379
Van pool 208 430 103 363 132 123 R101 158 121 75
Automated guideway 0 0 0 104 85 0 0 R70 69 0
Total 804 831 863 871 811 846 R881 794 753 742
Accidents                   
Motor busc 3,315 2,678 2,031 1,692 1,631 1,400 1,389 1,338 1,252 1,166
Light rail 2,906 2,456 2,121 1,639 1,516 897 R910 R891 758 624
Heavy rail 27 36 118 128 142 119 64 58 52 69
Commuter rail 93 132 96 101 127 100 99 89 80 86
Demand response 2,177 1,147 928 682 702 591 R714 661 423 516
Van pool 1,052 944 278 744 198 289 R314 485 408 263
Automated guideway 162 204 102 104 85 87 R69 R209 207 0
Total 2,329 1,875 R1,450 1,205 1,161 980 R966 922 845 796

a Accident statistics for cable car, inclined plane, jitney, and ferry boat are not available. The number of incidents, fatalities, and injuries for these modes appear in the footnotes for  table 2-33.
b Accidents include collisions with vehicles, objects, people (except suicides), and derailments/vehicles going off road.
c Motor bus also includes trolley bus.
d Rates are based on total incidents including accidents and were calculated by dividing the number of fatalities, injuries, and incidents in  this table by the number of vehicle miles.

KEY: R = revised.

NOTES: Data are provided only for transit systems that have provided safety data for inclusion in the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration,  Safety Management Information Statistics (SAMIS) annual reports. SAMIS data cover only direct-operated urban transit systems.  Vehicle-miles for all transit systems including nonurban and purchased can be found in the vehicle-miles table in Chapter 1.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Safety Management Information Statistics (SAMIS) 1998 Annual Report  (Cambridge, MA: December 1999), and personal communication, Dec. 6, 2000.