Table 1-29: Average Age of Urban Transit Vehicles (Years)

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  1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Transit rail
Commuter rail locomotivesa 16.3 15.7 15.3 15.8 15.6 15.3 15.9 17.6 17.0 14.7 13.2 13.4 14.2 16.0 16.6 16.0 16.5 16.9 18.4 18.6 18.3 19.4 17.6 17.8
Commuter rail passenger coaches 19.1 17.6 17.3 19.3 18.6 20.1 21.4 24.1 21.6 19.4 17.5 16.9 18.1 20.1 20.5 17.9 18.6 18.6 18.9 18.7 18.3 18.9 19.4 20.0
Commuter rail self-propelled passenger cars 12.3 15.9 16.5 17.6 18.2 16.0 19.8 21.1 22.3 23.2 24.3 25.4 26.2 27.1 25.4 23.6 19.4 15.9 16.9 17.9 18.5 19.5 19.7 18.5
Heavy-rail passenger cars 17.1 16.2 16.9 17.7 17.8 15.8 19.3 20.2 21.1 22.0 22.5 22.9 21.7 20.0 19.0 19.8 20.8 21.6 21.6 20.7 19.0 18.7 19.2 19.8
Light rail vehicles (streetcars) 20.6 15.2 16.6 17.0 14.9 16.7 16.8 16.0 15.9 15.7 15.7 16.1 16.4 16.3 15.6 15.5 14.5 15.3 16.1 16.4 16.4 16.8 16.5 16.2
Transit busb
Articulated 3.4 7.6 8.2 9.1 9.5 10.1 10.7 11.3 11.7 11.2 8.5 6.6 5.9 5.8 4.6 4.9 5.4 6.2 6.9 6.6 6.6 6.5 6.5 7.0
Full-size 8.1 8.2 8.0 8.3 8.5 8.7 8.6 8.7 8.5 8.5 8.4 8.1 7.8 7.3 (R) 7.3 (R) 7.2 (R) 7.6 (R) 7.4 (R) 7.5 (R) 7.7 7.8 7.8 (R) 8.0 8.0
Mid-size 5.6 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.4 6.9 6.8 6.3 5.8 5.8 5.6 5.6 5.6 5.7 5.7 (R) 5.7 (R) 5.8 (R) 6.2 (R) 6.5 (R) 6.7 (R) 6.8 (R) 6.7 (R) 6.4 6.4
Small 4.8 3.9 4.0 4.1 4.0 4.1 4.0 4.0 3.9 4.0 4.0 4.1 4.0 4.0 (R) 4.0 4.1 (R) 4.1 4.3 (R) 4.3 (R) 4.4 4.3 (R) 4.2 4.2 4.3
Trolley U 10.9 10.3 11.2 12.0 11.1 13.1 14.0 14.7 14.6 15.6 16.4 20.4 15.4 11.6 8.5 9.4 9.0 8.5 9.0 9.4 10.4 11.4 12.4
Other
Vans 3.8 2.8 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.9 3.1 3.1 3.0 2.9 3.1 3.1 3.3 4.9 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.1 3.1 3.3 3.2 3.4 3.5 3.6
Ferry boats U 21.7 19.6 22.7 24.7 23.5 23.4 25.3 25.4 25.8 25.1 25.6 24.7 26.8 27.1 25.6 25.6 21.7 20.3 20.1 19.3 20.5 20.3 21.0

KEY: R = revised; U = data are unavailable.

a Locomotives used in Amtrak intercity passenger services are not included.

bFull-size buses have more than 35 seats; Mid-size buses have 25-35 seats; Small buses have fewer than 25 seats.

SOURCES

All data, except full-size, mid-size, small, and articulated transit bus:

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database (Washington, DC: Annual reports), table 25 and similar tables in earlier editions, available at http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/ as of Dec. 4, 2013.

Full-size, mid-size, small, and articulated transit bus:

1985-91: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database 1991 (Washington, DC: 1993), table 29 and similar tables in earlier editions.

1992-2012: Ibid., National Transit Summaries and Trends (Washington, DC: Annual reports), table 25, available at http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/ as of Dec. 4, 2013.