Table 2 Transportation Fatalities by Mode

Table 2 Transportation Fatalities by Mode

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Mode 1970 1980 1990 2000 2003
Large air carriera 146 1 39 92 P22
Commuter air carriera N 37 6 5 P2
On-demand air taxia N 105 51 71 P45
General aviationa 1,310 1,239 767 R596 P631
Highwayb 52,627 51,091 44,599 41,945 42,643
Railroadc 785 584 599 512 531
Transitd N N 339 295 U
Commercial ship          
Vessel 178 206 85 49 P46
Nonvessele 420 281 101 88 P67
Recreational boating 1,418 1,360 865 701 P703
Gas and hazardous liquid pipeline 30 19 9 38 12

a Includes people on planes and on the ground.

b Includes motor vehicle occupants, nonoccupants, and fatalities at railroad crossings.

c Includes fatalities from nontrain incidents as well as train incidents and accidents. Also includes train occupants and nonoccupants except motor vehicle occupants at grade crossings.

d Fatalities resulting from all reportable incidents, not just accidents. Includes commuter rail, heavy rail, light rail, motorbus, demand responsive, van pool, and automated guideway.

e Fatalities unrelated to vessel accidents, e.g., individual falling overboard and drowning.

Key: N = data are nonexistent or not cited because of reporting changes; P = preliminary; R = revised; U = unavailable.

Sources: Various sources, as cited in USDOT, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 2-1, available at http://www.bts.gov (latest data forthcoming). Recreational boating (2003)-Based on data provided by the states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories to the Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) system.