Table 2-43: Railroad System Safety and Property Damage Data
(Excludes highway-rail grade-crossing accidents)
|1970||1975||1980||1985||1990||1995||1996||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004||2005||2006||(R) 2007||(R) 2008||(R) 2009||2010|
|Injured personsa||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||8,229||8,100||8,497||(R) 7,725||8,581||8,030||7,201||7,314|
|Accidentsb||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||3,019||3,385||(R) 3,266||(R) 2,995||2,692||2,478||1,900||1,859|
|Rate per 100 million train-miles|
|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||298.3||325.9||(R) 339.9||322.5||314.7||299.1||227.2||250.8|
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 2009, Class I yard/switching Train-miles totaled 63 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.
1995-99: Ibid., Railroad Safety Statistics Annual Report 2000 (Washington, DC: July 2001), tables 1-1 and 3-1, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/publicsite/Publications.aspx as of Sept. 7, 2010.
2000: Ibid., tables 1.06 and 3.09, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ as of Sept. 7, 2010.
2001-10: Ibid., tables 1.06 and 3.09, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ as of June 10, 2011.
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, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/Forms/Default.asp as of Aug. 22, 2002.
1999-2000: Ibid., table 1.06, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ as of Sept. 7, 2010.
2001-10: Ibid., table 1.06, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ as of June 10, 2011.