Table 2-39: Railroad System Safety and Property Damage Data
(Excludes highway-rail grade-crossing accidents)
|Fatalities||785||575||584||454||599||567||551||602||577||530||512||550||594||534||(R) 523||(R) 530||(R) 541||517|
|Injured persons a||17,934||50,138||58,696||31,617||22,736||12,546||10,948||10,227||10,156||10,304||10,424||9,828||10,104||(R) 8,217||(R) 8,084||(R) 8,423||(R) 7,389||7,575|
|Accidents b||8,095||8,041||8,205||3,275||2,879||2,459||2,443||2,397||2,575||2,768||2,983||3,023||2,738||(R) 3,017||(R) 3,380||(R) 3,260||(R) 2,957||2,593|
|Train-miles (millions) c,d||839||755||718||571||609||670||671||677||683||712||723||712||729||744||770||790||(R) 809||792|
|Rate per 100 million train-miles|
|Fatalities||94||76||81||80||98||85||82||89||84||74||71||77||82||72||(R) 68||(R) 67||(R) 67||65|
|Injuries||N||6,641||8,179||5,538||3,735||1,873||1,632||1,511||1,487||1,446||1,442||1,381||1,387||(R) 1,105||(R) 1,050||(R) 1,066||(R) 913||957|
|Accidents||965||1,065||1,143||574||473||367||364||354||377||389||413||425||376||(R) 406||(R) 439||(R) 412||(R) 365||328|
|Property damage(current $ millions)||121.6||177.4||267.4||179.3||198.7||189.2||212.3||210.7||233.9||245.1||263.2||314.5||266.5||298.0||325.1||337.4||305.3||305.3|
KEY: N = data do not exist; R = revised.
a 1970 injuries are not comparable to later years due to a change in reporting system.
b Train accidents only; excludes highway-rail grade-crossing accidents.
c 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. In 2005, Group II rail accounted for 78 million train-miles, and other rail for 29 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 2005, Class I yard/switching train-miles totaled 67 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.
d 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.
This table includes information for both freight and passenger railroad operations.
Fatalities, injuries, accidents, and property damage:
1970-90: 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.
1995-2000: Ibid., Railroad Safety Statistics Annual Report 2000 (Washington, DC: July 2001), tables 1-1 and 3-1.
2001-07: Ibid., Internet site http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/Query/Default.asp as of May 15, 2008.
1970-90: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database (Washington, DC: annual issues), form 406.
1995-99: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Internet site http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/Forms/Default.asp as of Aug. 22, 2002.
2000-07: Ibid., Internet site http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/Query/Default.asp as of May. 15, 2008.