|Employee fatalities, total||40||35||34||47||31||34||33||37||27||31||24||22||20||19||25||25|
|Grade-crossing accidents and incidents||5||1||2||3||1||2||1||0||4||2||2||1||1||1||2||2|
|Train accidents and incidents only (grade-crossing excluded)||35||34||32||44||30||32||32||37||23||29||22||21||19||18||23||23|
|Employee injuries, total||20,970||19,626||17,755||15,363||13,080||10,777||9,199||8,295||8,398||8,622||8,423||7,815||6,644||(R) 6,221||(R) 5,942||5,405|
|Grade-crossing accidents and incidents||169||147||157||143||126||123||79||111||122||140||100||97||110||(R) 76||(R) 115||108|
|Train accidents and incidents only (grade-crossing excluded)||20,801||19,479||17,598||15,220||12,954||10,654||9,120||8,184||8,276||8,482||8,323||7,718||6,534||(R) 6,145||(R) 5,827||5,297|
|Employee hours (millions)||553.6||530.7||517.0||519.7||518.6||510.3||504.6||503.9||514.9||510.0||490.9||475.1||454.1||(R) 451.1||(R) 458.4||477.8|
|Fatality rates per million employee hours|
|All accidents / incidents||0.07||0.07||0.07||0.09||0.06||0.07||0.07||0.07||0.05||0.06||0.05||0.05||0.04||(R) 0.04||(R) 0.05||0.05|
|Grade-crossing accidents and incidents||0.01||<0.01||<0.01||0.01||<0.01||<0.01||<0.01||<0.01||0.01||<0.01||<0.01||<0.01||<0.01||(R) <0.01||(R) <0.01||<0.01|
|Train accidents and incidents only (grade-crossing excluded)||0.06||0.06||0.06||0.08||0.06||0.06||0.06||0.07||0.04||0.06||0.04||0.04||0.04||(R) 0.04||(R) 0.05||0.05|
|Injury rates per million employee hours|
|All accidents / incidents||37.9||37.0||34.3||29.6||25.2||21.1||18.2||16.5||16.3||16.9||17.2||16.4||14.6||(R) 13.8||(R) 13.0||11.3|
|Grade-crossing accidents and incidents||0.3||0.3||0.3||0.3||0.2||0.2||0.2||0.2||0.2||0.3||0.2||0.2||0.2||(R) 0.2||(R) 0.3||0.2|
|Train accidents and incidents only (grade-crossing excluded)||37.6||36.7||34.0||29.3||25.0||20.9||18.1||16.2||16.1||16.6||17.0||16.2||14.4||(R) 13.6||(R) 12.7||11.1|
|Train-miles (millions)a,b||609||577||594||614||655||670||671||677||683||712||723||712||729||(R) 744||(R) 770||789|
|Fatality rates per million train-miles|
|All accidents / incidents||0.07||0.06||0.06||0.08||0.05||0.05||0.05||0.05||0.04||0.04||0.03||0.03||0.03||(R) 0.03||(R) 0.03||0.03|
|Grade-crossing accidents and incidents||0.01||<0.01||<0.01||<0.01||<0.01||<0.01||<0.01||<0.01||0.01||<0.01||<0.01||<0.01||<0.01||(R) <0.01||(R) <0.01||<0.01|
|Train accidents and incidents only (grade-crossing excluded)||0.06||0.06||0.05||0.07||0.05||0.05||0.05||0.05||0.03||0.04||0.03||0.03||0.03||(R) 0.02||(R) 0.03||0.03|
|Injury rates per million train-miles|
|All accidents/incidents||34.4||34.0||29.9||25.0||20.0||16.1||13.7||12.3||12.3||12.1||11.7||11.0||9.1||(R) 8.4||(R) 7.7||6.8|
|Grade-crossing accidents and incidents||0.3||0.3||0.3||0.2||0.2||0.2||0.1||0.2||0.2||0.2||0.1||0.1||0.2||(R) 0.1||(R) 0.1||0.1|
|Train accidents and incidents only (grade-crossing excluded)||34.2||33.8||29.6||24.8||19.8||15.9||13.6||12.1||12.1||11.9||11.5||10.8||9.0||(R) 8.3||(R) 7.6||6.7|
KEY: R = revised.
a Train-miles in this table differ from train-miles in the vehicle-miles table in Chapter 1. Train-miles reported in Chapter 1 include only Class I rail (see glossary for definition), while this table includes Class I rail, Group II rail, and other rail. In 2004, Group II rail accounted for 83 million train-miles, and other rail for 27 million train-miles. Moreover, the vehicle-miles table in Chapter 1 includes only train-miles between terminals and/or stations, thus excluding yard and switching miles. In 2004, Class I yard/switching train miles totaled 63 million train-miles. Note that commuter rail safety data are reported in the rail mode and in the transit mode. Commuter rail train-miles are included in Class I rail and Group II rail in this table.
b 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.
This table includes information for both freight and passenger railroad operations.
1990-95: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Highway-Rail Crossing Accident/Incident and Inventory Bulletin (Washington, DC: annual issues).
1996-99: Ibid., Railroad Safety Statistics Annual Report (Washington, DC: annual issues), tables 1-3, 2-4, and 3-1.
2000-05: Ibid., Internet site http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/Query/Default.asp as of Mar. 28, 2006.