2004 Annual Reporting Data Key Findings

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2004 Annual Reporting Data
Key Findings

Note: Five reporting periods are included here: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. In 2000, the reporting of annual safety data greatly improved as a result of FTA outreach through audits, technical assistance and the SSO annual workshop.

Ridership:

Annual Unlinked Passenger Trips by Mode: 1999 to 2004

Mode

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Heavy Rail

2,609,453,900

2,604,328,600

2,656,231,300

2,650,694,300

2,598,117,500

2,668,432,000

Light Rail

278,102,600

298,372,100

315,725,820

317,601,400

311,572,353

343,977,370

Other*

19,375,800

19,769,400

20,458,080

20,029,900

18,928,957

18,797,400

Total

2,906,932,300

2,922,470,100

2,992,415,200

2,988,325,600

2,928,618,810

3,031,206,770

Changes in Annual Unlinked Passenger Trips by Mode

Mode

1999-'04

2000-'04

2001-'04

2002-'04

2003-'04

Heavy Rail

2.26%

2.46%

0.46%

0.67%

2.71%

Light Rail

23.69%

15.28%

8.95%

8.30%

10.40%

Other*

-2.99%

-4.92%

-8.12%

-6.15%

-0.70%

Total

4.28%

3.72%

1.30%

1.43%

3.50%

  • Total rail transit ridership has increased between 1999 and 2004.
  • Other rail ridership decreased for the third consecutive year.
  • Light rail ridership increased by 10.4% from 2003 to 2004.

Accidents:

Reported Accidents: 1999 to 2004

 

  • Total rail transit accidents have increased between 1999 and 2004
  • The large increase in 2004 can be attributed to an increase of over 1,000 "other" accidents, such as slips, trips, and falls.

Collision Rates: 1999 to 2004, per 10M Passenger Trips

Derailment and Fire Rates: 1999 to 2004, per 10M Passenger Trips

  • The rail transit collision rate has decreased between 1999 and 2004.
  • Derailment and fire rates both fell over 50% from 2003 to 2004.

Reported Accident Rates by Mode: 1999 to 2003, per 10M Passenger Trips

 

  • The accident rates for all modes have increased between 1999 and 2004.

Heavy Rail Accidents by Type: 1999 to 2003 per 10M Passenger Trips

  • The heavy rail collision rate has decreased since 1999
  • The heavy rail derailment and fire rates have decreased from 2003 to 2004

Light Rail Collisions and "Other" Accidents: 1999 to 2003, per 10M Passenger Trips

  • The light rail collision rate has decreased from 1999.
  • The light rail collision rate decreased in 2004 from 2003.

Fatalities:

Reported Fatalities*: 1999 to 2003

* excluding suicides and trespassing-related deaths

  • The fatalities reported in 2004 were the highest in the past six years. This total of 57 is higher than the average of 39.7.

Reported Fatalities* by Type: 1999 to 2003

* excluding suicides and trespassing-related deaths

  • Fatalities due to collisions have decreased between 1999 and 2004.
  • Fatalities due to "Other" accidents have increased between 1999 and 2004.

Light Rail Fatalities*: 1999 to 2003, per 10M Passenger Trips

*excluding suicides and trespassing-related deaths

  • The light rail collision fatality rate has decreased between 1999 and 2004
  • The light rail other fatality rate has increased since 1999.

Injuries:

Injury Rates by Type: 1999 to 2004

Reported Injuries due to "Other" Accidents: 1999 to 2004

  • The collision injury rate has remained relatively stable between 1999 and 2004.
  • Injuries due to "Other" accidents increased in 2004 after a three-year decrease in reported injuries.

Heavy Rail Injuries by Type: 1999 to 2003 per 10M Passenger Trips

  • The heavy rail collision and fire injury rates have decreased since 1999.
  • The heavy rail derailment rate increased in 2004 after two consecutive years with no reported derailment-related injuries.

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