Table 1-25: Average Age of Urban Transit Vehicles

Table 1-25: Average Age of Urban Transit Vehicles

(Years)

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  1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Transit rail                     
Commuter rail locomotivesa 16.3 15.7 15.3 15.8 15.6 15.3 15.9 17.6 17.0 14.7 13.2
Commuter rail passenger coaches 19.1 17.6 17.3 19.3 18.6 20.1 21.4 24.1 21.6 19.4 17.5
Commuter rail self-propelled passenger cars 12.3 15.9 16.5 17.6 18.2 16.0 19.8 21.1 22.3 23.2 24.3
Heavy-rail passenger cars 17.1 16.2 16.9 17.7 17.8 15.8 19.3 20.2 21.1 22.0 22.5
Light rail vehicles (streetcars) 20.6 15.2 16.6 17.0 14.9 16.7 16.8 16.0 15.9 15.7 15.7
Transit busb                     
Articulated 3.4 7.6 8.2 9.1 9.5 9.1 10.9 11.5 11.9 11.3 8.6
Full-size 8.1 8.2 8.0 8.3 8.5 9.9 8.7 8.8 8.6 8.5 8.4
Mid-size 5.6 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.4 7.2 6.9 6.3 5.8 5.7 5.6
Small 4.8 3.9 4.0 4.1 4.0 4.4 4.1 4.1 4.0 4.0 4.1
Trolley U 10.9 10.3 11.2 12.0 11.1 13.1 14.0 14.7 14.6 15.6
Other                     
Vans 3.8 2.8 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.9 3.1 3.1 3.0 2.9 3.1
Ferry boats U 21.7 19.6 22.7 24.7 23.5 23.4 25.3 25.4 25.8 25.1

KEY: U = data are not available.

a Locomotives used in Amtrak intercity passenger services are not included.

b Full-size buses have more than 35 seats; mid-size buses have 25-35 seats; small buses have fewer than 25 seats.

SOURCES: 1985-1998: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database(Washington, DC: Annual issues), table 28 and similar tables in earlier editions.

1999: Ibid., National Transit Database (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table 29.