Table 2-38. Railroad Passenger Safety Data

Table 2-38. Railroad Passenger Safety Data

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  1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Passenger fatalities 3 8 3 58 5 0 12 6 4 14
Injured persons 473 382 411 559 497 573 513 601 535 481
Train-miles, passenger trains (millions) 72 74 74 75 75 76 R77 78 78 U
Fatalities per 100 million passenger train-miles 4 11 4 77 7 0 R16 8 5 U
Injuries per 100 million passenger train-miles 660 520 560 750 660 750 R663 770 683 U

KEY: R = Revised.

NOTE: A train-mile is the movement of a train (which can consist of many cars) the distance of 1 mile. A train-mile differs from a vehicle-mile, which is the movement of 1 car (vehicle) the distance of 1 mile. A 10-car (vehicle) train traveling 1 mile would be measured as 1 train-mile and 10 vehicle-miles. Caution should be used when comparing train-miles to vehicle miles.

SOURCES:
Fatalities and Injuries:
1990-96: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Policy and Program Development, Accident/Incident Bulletin (Washington, DC: Annual issues), tables 5, 14, 15, and 36.
1997-98: Ibid., Railroad Safety Statistics Annual Report 1998 (Washington, DC: September 1999), table 1-1.Train-miles, passenger trains:
1990-96: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics calculations (sum of all commuter rail train-miles reported to USDOT, Federal Transit Administration, plus Amtrak train-miles).
1997-98: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Policy and Program Development, Railroad Safety Statistics Annual  Report 1998 (Washington, DC: September 1999), table 2-4.