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Table 6-2: Transportation Fatalities by Mode: 1990, 2000, and 2010-2015


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  1990 2000 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
TOTAL fatalities 47,297 44,276 35,036 34,570 35,696 34,685 34,641 36,982
Air, total 866 764 477 34,570 450 430 444 404
Highway, total 44,599 41,945 32,999 32,479 33,782 32,894 32,744 35,092
Railroad, totala 1,297 937 735 682 674 700 768 759
Transit, totalb 339 295 221 228 264 266 236 254
Water, total 865 701 821 904 765 650 674 692
Pipeline, total 9 38 19 12 10 8 19 10
Other counts, redundant with above                
Railroad, trespasser deaths not at highway-rail crossing 543 463 441 400 410 425 470 454
Railroad, killed at public crossing with motor vehicle 568 306 136 138 135 141 143 126
Passenger rail 202 220 215 189 199 195 216 250
Freight rail 1,095 717 520 493 476 505 553 503
Transit, non-rail 110 98 100 96 114 122 101 103
Transit, rail 229 197 120 132 150 144 135 151

a Includes Amtrak. Fatalities include those resulting from train accidents, highway-rail crossing incidents, and other incidents.

b Includes transit employee, contract worker, passenger, revenue facility occupant, and other fatalities for all modes reported in the National Transit Database. Transit fatality data for 2001 and before is not comparable with later year due to a change in the reporting system. A change reporting requirements led to an increase in 2008.

NOTES: To reduce double counting, the following adjustments are made to Total Fatalities: For Railroad, fatalities involving motor vehicles at public highway-rail grade crossings are excluded because such fatalities are assumed to be included in Highway fatalities. For Transit, non-rail modes, including aerial tramway, motor bus, bus rapid transit, commuter bus, demand response, demand taxi, ferryboat, jitney, publico, trolleybus, and vanpool fatalities are excluded because they are counted as Transit, Water, and Highway fatalities. Other counts, redundant with above help elminate doublecounting in the Total Fatalities.

SOURCES: Various sources as cited by U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation, National Transportation Statistics, table 2-1, available at www.bts.gov as of January 2016.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017