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Table 1-28: Average Age of Urban Transit Vehicles

Table 1-28: Average Age of Urban Transit Vehicles

(Years)

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  1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Transit rail                              
Commuter rail locomotivesa 16.3 15.7 15.3 15.8 15.6 15.3 15.9 17.6 17.0 14.7 13.2 13.4 14.2 16.0 16.6
Commuter rail passenger coaches 19.1 17.6 17.3 19.3 18.6 20.1 21.4 24.1 21.6 19.4 17.5 16.9 18.1 20.1 20.5
Commuter rail self-propelled passenger cars 12.3 15.9 16.5 17.6 18.2 16.0 19.8 21.1 22.3 23.2 24.3 25.4 26.2 27.1 25.4
Heavy-rail passenger cars 17.1 16.2 16.9 17.7 17.8 15.8 19.3 20.2 21.1 22.0 22.5 22.9 21.7 20.0 19.0
Light rail vehicles (streetcars) 20.6 15.2 16.6 17.0 14.9 16.7 16.8 16.0 15.9 15.7 15.7 16.1 16.4 16.3 15.6
Transit busb                              
Articulated 3.4 7.6 8.2 9.1 9.5 (R) 10.1 (R) 10.7 (R) 11.3 (R) 11.7 (R) 11.2 (R) 8.5 (R) 6.6 5.9 5.8 5.8
Full-size 8.1 8.2 8.0 8.3 8.5 (R) 8.7 (R) 8.6 (R) 8.7 (R) 8.5 8.5 8.4 8.1 7.8 7.5 7.3
Mid-size 5.6 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.4 (R) 6.9 (R) 6.8 6.3 5.8 (R) 5.8 5.6 5.6 (R) 5.6 5.6 5.7
Small 4.8 3.9 4.0 4.1 4.0 (R) 4.1 (R) 4.0 (R) 4.0 (R) 3.9 4.0 (R) 4.0 (R) 4.1 (R) 4.0 4.0 4.0
Trolley U 10.9 10.3 11.2 12.0 11.1 13.1 14.0 14.7 14.6 15.6 16.4 20.4 15.4 11.6
Other                              
Vans 3.8 2.8 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.9 3.1 3.1 3.0 2.9 3.1 3.1 3.3 4.9 3.4
Ferry boats U 21.7 19.6 22.7 24.7 23.5 23.4 25.3 25.4 25.8 25.1 25.6 24.7 26.8 27.1

KEY: U = data are not available.

a Locomotives used in Amtrak intercity passenger services are not included.

b Full-size buses have more than 35 seats; mid-size buses have 25-35 seats; small buses have fewer than 25 seats.

SOURCES

All data, except full-size, mid-size, small, and articulated transit bus:

1985-2001: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table 29 and similar tables in earlier editions.

2002-03: Ibid., National Transit Database(Washington, DC: Annual issues), table 25.

Full-size, mid-size, small, and articulated transit bus:

1985-1991: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table 29 and similar tables in earlier editions.

1992-2003: Ibid., National Transit Summaries and Trends (Washington, DC: Annual issues), p. 75.

Updated: Sunday, May 21, 2017