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 2000 2001 2002 2003
Passenger fatalities 3 8 3 58 5 0 12 6 4 14 4 3 7 3
Injured persons 473 382 411 559 497 573 513 601 535 481 658 746 (R) 877 708
Train-miles, passenger trains (millions) 72 74 74 75 75 76 77 78 78 82 84 88 90 90
Fatalities per 100 million passenger train-miles 4 11 4 77 7 0 16 8 5 17 5 3 8 3
Injuries per 100 million passenger train-miles 660 520 560 750 660 750 663 770 683 584 781 850 (R) 979 787

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:

1990-2001: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety, Railroad Safety Statistics Annual Report 2001 (Washington, DC: August 2002), table 1-2.

2002-2003: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety, Railroad Safety Statistics Interim Report 2003 (Washington, DC: July 2004), table 1-2.

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).

1997-2001: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety, Railroad Safety Statistics Annual Report 2001 (Washington, DC: August 2002), table 2-4.

2002: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety, Railroad Safety Statistics Report 2002 (Washington, DC: March 2004), table 2-4.

2003: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety, Railroad Safety Statistics Interim Report 2003 (Washington, DC: July 2004), table 2-4.