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Transit and Grade-Crossing Injuries by Rail Transit Mode

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YearAll transit rail, totalTransit onlyGrade crossingLight rail, totalTransit onlyGrade crossingHeavy rail, totalTransit onlyGrade crossingAutomated guideway, totalTransit onlyGrade crossingCommuter rail, totalTransit onlyGrade crossing
199514,93114,7361951,319NN11,238NNNNN2,374NN
199614,65014,4661841,604NN11,093NNNNN1,953NN
199715,76015,6341261,087NN12,285NNNNN2,388NN
199813,81213,754581,076NN11,059NNNNN1,677NN
199912,69712,5381591,271NN9,665NNNNN1,761NN
200013,96913,8461231,3381,22711110,84810,8471NNN1,7831,77211
200113,65513,581741,2011,1475410,64110,6347NNN1,8131,80013
20026,8466,738108557481764,8064,8015NNN1,4831,45627
20036,2946,177117539471684,1584,1580NNN1,5971,54849
20046,7356,5821536335191144,7384,7380NNN1,3641,32539
20056,1045,9101946184581603,8143,8131NNN1,6721,63933
20066,8066,5982086595051544,7214,7210NNN1,4261,37254
20077,4947,2812138386691694,7894,77316NNN1,8671,83928
20089,6619,4841779507821687,0117,0083NNN1,7001,6946
20099,8779,6442339117032087,1587,1571NNN1,8081,78424
20109,6049,3202847234722516,9766,9742NNN1,9051,87431
20119,3799,0783017665102566,6886,686211411401,8111,76843
20129,0898,8492407295162136,7176,7134777701,5661,54323
(P) 201310,16310,0211427716511207,7087,7071898901,5951,57421
(P) 20147,7177,5351829177531645,2865,2842656501,4491,43316
Notes: 

Light rail and Heavy rail Grade crossings are regulated by the Federal Transit Administration. The Federal Transit Administration defines two types of Grade crossings: (1) At grade, mixed, and cross traffic crossings, meaning railway right-of-way over which other traffic moving in the same direction or other cross directions may pass. This includes city street right-of-way; (2) At grade with cross traffic crossings, meaning railway right-of-way over which no other traffic may pass, except to cross at grade-level crossings. This can include median strip rights-of-way with grade level crossings at intersecting streets. 

Commuter rail Grade crossings are regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration. The Federal Railroad Administration defines a Grade crossing as a location where a public highway, road, street, or private roadway, including associated sidewalks and pathways, crosses one or more railroad tracks at grade.

The drop in the number of Injuries beginning from 2002 is due largely to a change in definitions by the Federal Transit Administration. The Injury threshold for filing an incident report changed to be two or more Injuries requiring immediate medical transportation away from the scene, or one or more Injuries requiring immediate medical transportation away from the scene in the case of incidents at grade crossings or along rail right-of-ways in 2002. Previously, any Injury was reportable. Further, there were National Transportation Database definition changes made in 2008 to simplify the Injury thresholds for filing an incident report. FTA simplified this threshold to being simply one or more Injuries requiring immediate medical transportation away from the scene. This simplification resulted in larger reported number in Injuries since 2008.

All transit rail, total includes data for other transit rail modes which are not presented in this table (such as monorail), thus details may not add to totals.

Automated guideway category is added in 2014 Q4 edition.

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KEY:  P = preliminary; N = data does not exist.

Source: 

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Transit Safety and Security Statistics and Analysis Annual Report, (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), available at http://transit-safety.volpe.dot.gov/ as of Apr. 5, 2006, and personal communications on June 8, 2005, Apr. 5, 2006, June 14, 2007, June 18, 2008, Aug. 20, 2010, Apr. 20, 2011, May 22, 2012, July 8, 2013, Jan. 8, 2015 and June 23, 2016.

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