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 2004 2005 2006 2007
Passenger fatalitiesa 3 8 3 58 5 0 12 6 4 14 4 3 7 3 3 16 2 4
Injured persons 473 382 411 559 497 573 513 601 535 481 658 746 877 (R) 726 679 (R) 935 761 938
Train-miles, passenger trains (millions) 72 74 74 75 75 76 77 78 78 82 84 88 90 89 89 90 92 95
Fatalities per 100 million passenger train-miles 4 11 4 77 7 0 16 8 5 17 5 3 8 3 3 18 2 4
Injuries per 100 million passenger train-miles (R) 657 (R) 516 (R) 555 (R) 745 (R) 663 (R) 754 (R) 666 770 683 584 781 850 979 (R) 812 760 (R) 1,040 828 990

KEY: R = revised.

a In 1993 a barge struck a rail bridge in Alabama causing an Amtrak train to derail into the waterway below leading to 42 passenger deaths.

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.

2002-07: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety, Railroad Safety Statistics Annual Report (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), 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 Annual Report 2002 (Washington, DC: March 2004), table 2-4.

2003-04: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety, Railroad Safety Statistics Annual Report 2003 (Washington, DC: October 2005), table 2-4.

2005-07: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety, Railroad Safety Statistics Annual Report (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), table 2-4.