Table 2-33b: Transit and Grade-Crossing Fatalities by Rail Transit Mode

Table 2-33b: Transit and Grade-Crossing Fatalities by Rail Transit Mode

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  1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
All transit rail, total 186 152 159 171 196 197 167 202 143 167 159
Transit only 169 145 147 145 175 177 154 178 122 138 101
Grade crossing 17 7 12 26 21 20 13 24 21 29 58
Light rail, total 15 6 3 23 17 30 21 13 17 22 19
Transit only N N N N N 18 20 12 13 12 9
Grade crossing N N N N N 12 1 1 4 10 10
Heavy rail, total 79 74 77 54 84 80 59 73 49 59 35
Transit only N N N N N 80 58 73 48 58 35
Grade crossing N N N N N 0 1 0 1 1 0
Commuter rail, total 92 72 79 94 95 87 87 116 77 86 105
Transit only N N N N N 79 76 93 61 68 57
Grade crossing N N N N N 8 11 23 16 18 48

KEY: N = data do not exist

NOTES

Light rail and heavy rail grade crossings are regulated by the Federal Transit Administration. The Federal Transit Adminstration defines two types of grade crossings: (1) At grade, mixed, and cross traffic crossings, meaning railway right-of-way over which other traffic moving in the same direction or other cross directions may pass. This includes city street right-of-way; (2) At grade with cross traffic crossings, meaning railway right-of-way over which no other traffic may pass, except to cross at grade-level crossings. This can include median strip rights-of-way with grade level crossings at intersecting streets.

Commuter rail grade crossings are regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration. The Federal Railroad Administration defines a grade crossing as a location where a public highway, road, street, or private roadway, including associated sidewalks and pathways, crosses one or more railroad tracks at grade.

Data thresholds changed for certain elements beginning with 2002. The extreme drop in the incidents, injuries, collisions, and not otherwise classifieds (personal casualties) for 2002 is due to the change of the incident thresholds, specifically the definition of injuries, in the NTD. The injury definition was changed for the 2002 revision of the NTD to coincide with other USDOT modes. Only incidents involving immediate medical treatment away from the scene now qualify as reportable injuries. Previously, any reported incident/injury was reported to NTD. It was felt that this resulted in the collection of claims-based as opposed to safety-based data.

SOURCE

1995-2005: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Transit Safety and Security Statistics and Analysis Annual Report, (Washington, DC: Annual issues), Internet site http://transit-safety.volpe.dot.gov/ as of Apr. 5, 2006, and personal communications June 8, 2005, Apr. 5, 2006, and June 14, 2007.