2009 Rail Safety Statistics Report: An Analysis of Safety Data Reported by State Safety Oversight Agencies and Rail Transit Agencies for the Years 2003-2008   [open pdf - 2MB]

"This 'Rail Safety Statistics Report' focuses attention on safety issues in the public rail transportation industry and supports FTA's (Federal Transit Administration) mission through the identification of safety priorities and attendant strategies to address industry concerns. FTA's safety program for rail transit continues to be increasingly guided by the evaluation of industry data, trends in safety indicators, and the results of on-site assessments, audits and reviews. FTA attempts to direct both its safety oversight and technical assistance efforts toward those areas involving the highest risks for rail transit agencies. FTA also uses the evaluation of industry data to determine the effectiveness of its own programs and to identify where improvements can be made. This 'Rail Safety Statistics Report' uses information collected by FTA from the National Transit Database (NTD) and the SSO [State Safety Oversight] Program between calendar years 2003 and 2008. As applicable, this report also uses data supplied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the National Safety Council (NSC)."

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