Table 2-1 Transportation Fatalities by Mode

Table 2-1 Transportation Fatalities by Mode

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Mode 1980 1990 2000 2005
Air        
Large U.S. air carriera 1 39 92 P22
Commuter air carriera 37 6 5 P0
On-demand air taxia 105 51 71 P18
General aviationa 1,239 770 596 P562
Highwayb 51,091 44,599 41,945 43,443
Pipeline, gas and hazardous liquid 19 9 38 19
Railroadc 584 599 512 535
Transitd N 339 295 183
Waterborne Commercial vessel        
Vessel-related, commercial ship 206 85 53 U
Nonvessel-relatede,commercial ship 281 101 134 U
Waterborne Recreational boating 1,360 865 701 697

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 response, 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; U = unavailable.

Sources: Various sources, as cited in USDOT, RITA, BTS, National Transportation Statistics, table 2-1, available at http://www.bts.gov, as of September 2006. 2005-Highway: USDOT, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, personal communication, October 2006; Transit: USDOT, Volpe Center, personal communication, October 2006; Recreational boating: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Coast Guard, Boating Statistics 2005, available at http://www.uscgboating.org/statistics/stats.htm, as of September 2006.