Table 2-39: Railroad System Safety and Property Damage Data
(Excludes highway-rail grade-crossing accidents)
|Rates per 100 million train-miles|
|Property damage (current $ millions)||121.6||177.4||267.4||179.3||198.7||189.2||212.3||R210.7||R233.9||R245.1||263.2|
KEY: R = revised.
a Train accidents only; excludes highway-rail grade-crossing accidents.
b Train-miles in this table differ from train-miles in the vehicle-miles table in Chapter 1. Train-miles reported in Chapter 1 include only Class I rail (see glossary for definition), while this table includes Class I rail, Group II rail, and other rail. For example, in 1999 Group II rail accounted for 75 million train- miles, and other rail for 25 million train-miles. Moreover, the vehicle-miles table in Chapter 1 includes only train-miles between terminals and/or stations, thus excluding yard and switching miles. In 1999, Class I yard/switching train-miles totaled 70 million train-miles. Note that commuter rail safety data are reported in the rail mode and the transit mode. Commuter rail train-miles are included in Class I rail and Group II rail in this table.
c A train-mile is the movement of a train (which can consist of many cars) the distance of 1 mile. A train-mile differs from a vehicle-mile, which is the movement of 1 car (vehicle) the distance of 1 mile. A 10-car (vehicle) train traveling 1 mile would be measured as 1 train-mile and 10 vehicle-miles. Caution should be used when comparing train-miles to vehicle-miles.
d 1970 injuries not comparable to later years due to change in reporting system.
NOTE: This table includes information for both freight and passenger railroad operations.
Fatalities, injuries, accidents, and property damage:
1970-96: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Policy and Program Development, Accident/Incident Bulletin (Washington, DC: Annual issues), tables 14 and 15.
1997-2000: Ibid., Railroad Safety Statistics Annual Report 2000 (Washington, DC: July 2001), tables 1-1 and 3-1.
1970-90: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration,National Transit Database (Washington, DC: Annual issues), form 406.
1990-99: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Internet site http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/Prelim/1999/r02.htm as of July 10, 2000.
2000: Ibid., Railroad Safety Statistics Annual Report 2000 (Washington, DC: July 2001), table 2-4.