TABLE 3-1 Transportation Fatalities by Selected Mode: 2003

TABLE 3-1 Transportation Fatalities by Selected Mode: 2003

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  Per 100,000 U.S. residents Number of fatalities
Air 0.24 698
Railroad 0.30 865
Transit 0.08 234
Recreational boating 0.24 703
Pipeline 0.004 12
Highway 14.65 42,643
Pedestrians 1.63 4,749
Pedalcyclists 0.21 622

NOTES: Air include air carrier service, commuter service, air taxi service, and general aviation. Highway include all types of highway motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. Railroad include railroad and highway-rail grade-crossing incidents. Transit include motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, commuter rail, demand responsive, trolley bus, aerial tramway, automated guideway transit, cablecar, ferryboat, inclined plane, monorail, and vanpool. Pipeline include hazardous liquid pipelines and gas pipelines.

These fatality rates have not been adjusted to account for double counting across modes because detailed fatality data 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.

SOURCES: FatalitiesU.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Adminsitration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics 2005, table 2-1, available at, as of August 2005. Population—U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States, section 1, table 2, available at, as of May 2005.