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Railroad System Safety and Property Damage Data

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Notes: 

This table includes information for both freight and passenger railroad operations.

Description: 

KEY:  N = data does 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.

Source: 

Fatalities, injuries, accidents, and  train-miles: 

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 Sep. 7, 2010.

2000: Ibid., tables 1.06 and 3.09, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ as of Sept. 7, 2010.

2001: Ibid., tables 1.06 and 3.09, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ as of Jun. 10, 2011.

2002: Ibid., tables 1.06 and 3.09, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ as of Apr. 24, 2012.

2003-14: Ibid., tables 1.12, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ as of May 20, 2016.

Property damage: 

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 Sep. 7, 2010.

2001: Ibid., table 1.06, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ as of Jun. 10, 2011.

2002: Ibid., table 1.06, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ as of Apr. 24, 2012.

2003-14: Ibid., table 3.16, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ as of May 20, 2016.