TABLE 9-1 Transportation Fatalities by Mode: 2002

TABLE 9-1 Transportation Fatalities by Mode: 2002

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  Per 100,000 U.S. residents Number of fatalities
Air 0.21 609
Railroad 0.33 951
Transit 0.10 285
Waterborne recreational boating 0.29 826
Pipeline 0.004 11
Highway 14.87 42,815
Total 15.80 45,497

NOTES: Air fatalities include air carrier service, commuter service, air taxi service, and general aviation. Highway fatalities include all types of highway motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. Railroad fatalities include railroad and highway-rail grade-crossing incidents. Transit fatalities include motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, commuter rail, demand responsive, trolley bus, aerial tramway, automated guideway transit, cablecar, ferry boat, inclined plane, monorail, and vanpool. Waterborne fatalities include those due to vessel-related incidents or nonvessel- related incidents on commercial and recreational vessels. Pipeline fatalities include hazardous liquid pipelines and gas pipelines.

These fatality rates have not been adjusted to account for double counting across modes because the detailed fatality data needed to do so were not available at the time this report was prepared. Double counting is of particular concern across rail and highway modes due to highway-rail grade-crossings fatalities and across highway and transit due to transit bus fatalities. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics estimates that the double counting inflates the total fatality rate by about 0.1 fatality per 100,000 residents. Air and waterborne data are preliminary.

SOURCES: Except as noted-U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics 2002, table 2-1 revised, available at, as of January 2004. Transit-USDOT, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database, Safety and Security Newsletter (Washington, DC: Spring 2003) available at as of January 2004. Waterborne recreational boating-U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety, Boating Statistics (Washington, DC: December 2003) available at as of January 2004. Population-U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Monthly Population Estimates for the United States, available at as of January 2004.