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 2006 2007 2008 (P) 2009
All transit rail, total 186 152 159 171 196 197 167 202 143 167 159 125 184 169 157
Transit only 169 145 147 145 175 177 154 178 122 138 101 92 140 142 129
Grade crossing 17 7 12 26 21 20 13 24 21 29 58 33 44 27 28
Light rail, total 15 6 3 23 17 30 21 13 17 22 19 17 32 15 26
Transit only N N N N N 18 20 12 13 12 9 9 21 7 15
Grade crossing N N N N N 12 1 1 4 10 10 8 11 8 11
Heavy rail, total 79 74 77 54 84 80 59 73 49 59 35 23 32 60 78
Transit only N N N N N 80 58 73 48 58 35 22 30 58 77
Grade crossing N N N N N 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 2 1
Commuter rail, total 92 72 79 94 95 87 87 116 77 86 105 85 120 93 53
Transit only N N N N N 79 76 93 61 68 57 61 89 77 37
Grade crossing N N N N N 8 11 23 16 18 48 24 31 16 16

KEY: N = data do not exist; P = preliminary.

NOTES

Light rail and Heavy rail Grade crossings are regulated by the Federal Transit Administration. The Federal Transit Administration 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.

SOURCE

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Transit Safety and Security Statistics and Analysis Annual Report (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), available at http://transit-safety.volpe.dot.gov/ as of Apr. 5, 2006, and personal communications on June 8, 2005, Apr. 5, 2006, June 14, 2007, June 18, 2008, Aug. 20, 2010.