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 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002e
Fatalities, total 212 179 152 185 192 190 183 197 109
Motor busc 92 69 82 100 90 91 82 89 64
Light rail 5 10 5 3 14 13 22 15 8
Heavy rail 51 43 32 28 18 21 19 26 30
Commuter rail 63 56 30 52 67 64 56 64 7
Demand responsive 0 1 3 2 2 1 4 3 0
Van pool 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Automated guideway 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Injured persons, total 20,023 22,159 22,950 21,452 21,341 21,727 22,140 21,260 7,771
Motor busc 18,876 20,879 21,222 20,145 20,136 20,291 20,329 19,532 7,211
Light rail 465 355 680 320 332 427 415 305 177
Heavy rail 296 348 431 336 261 286 425 598 90
Commuter rail 84 159 213 99 66 54 53 108 50
Demand responsive 286 395 379 499 492 632 869 679 200
Van pool 16 23 25 52 53 37 49 38 43
Automated guideway 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Accidents, total 58,002 25,683 25,166 24,842 23,937 23,040 24,271 23,891 13,968
Motor busc 55,289 23,819 23,425 22,991 22,277 21,137 22,127 21,799 12,821
Light rail 699 309 341 363 328 300 357 344 558
Heavy rail 144 637 346 278 293 396 364 328 183
Commuter rail 175 216 201 162 193 215 268 237 89
Demand responsive 1,613 647 774 886 664 862 997 976 283
Van pool 81 54 78 160 179 130 157 207 34
Automated guideway 1 1 1 2 3 0 1 0 0
Vehicle-miles (millions), total 2,490 2,620 2,605 2,702 2,833 2,927 3,002 3,090 3,085
Motor busc 1,668 1,702 1,687 1,719 1,779 1,835 1,868 1,911 1,919
Light rail 24 34 37 41 43 48 52 53 60
Heavy rail 529 537 543 558 566 578 595 608 621
Commuter rail 187 217 203 216 242 249 253 257 255
Demand responsive 74 109 108 134 157 167 179 205 172
Van pool 8 19 25 33 44 49 52 54 56
Automated guideway 0.6 1.1 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.6 1.8 1.8
Rates per 100 million vehicle-milesd                  
Fatalities, all modes 8.5 6.8 5.8 6.8 6.8 6.5 6.1 6.4 3.5
Motor busc 5.5 4.1 4.9 5.8 5.1 5.0 4.4 4.7 3.3
Light rail 20.8 29.0 13.3 7.4 32.3 27.1 42.3 28.3 13.3
Heavy rail 9.6 8.0 5.9 5.0 3.2 3.6 3.2 4.3 4.8
Commuter rail 33.6 25.8 14.8 24.1 27.6 25.7 22.1 24.9 2.7
Demand responsive 0 0.9 2.8 1.5 1.3 0.6 2.2 1.5 0
Van pool 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Automated guideway 162.0 0 0 0 69.0 0 0 0 0
Injured persons, all modes 804 846 881 794 753 742 738 688 252
Motor busc 1,132 1,227 1,258 1,172 1,132 1,106 1,088 1,022 376
Light rail 1,933 1,030 1,815 785 767 889 798 575 295
Heavy rail 56 65 79 60 46 50 71 98 14
Commuter rail 45 73 105 46 27 22 21 42 20
Demand responsive 386 361 349 372 313 379 485 331 116
Van pool 208 123 101 158 121 75 94 70 77
Automated guideway 0 0 0 70 69 0 0 0 0
Accidents, all modes 2,329 980 966 919 845 787 809 773 453
Motor busc 3,315 1,400 1,389 1,338 1,252 1,152 1,184 1,141 668
Light rail 2,906 897 910 891 758 624 687 649 930
Heavy rail 27 119 64 50 52 69 61 54 29
Commuter rail 93 100 99 75 80 86 106 92 35
Demand response 2,177 591 714 661 423 516 557 476 165
Van pool 1,052 289 314 485 408 263 301 383 61
Automated guideway 162 87 69 139 207 0 62 0 0

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.

eThe drop in the number of incidents, accidents, injuries, and property damage is due largely to a change in definitions by the Federal Transit Administration, particularly the definition of injuries. Only injuries requiring immediate medical treatment away from the scene now qualify as reportable. Previously, any injury was reportable. Also, commuter rail data are now derived from the Federal Railroad Administration's Rail Accident Incident Reporting System (RAIRS).

NOTES

Data are provided only for transit systems that furnished safety data for inclusion in the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration Transit Safety and Security Statistics and Analysis annual reports. Data covers 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.

Prior to the 2000 edition, Transit Safety and Security Statistics and Analysis Report was entitled Safety Management Information Statistics (SAMIS) annual report.

SOURCE

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 2002 Safety and Security Statistics, personal communication, Oct. 8, 2004.