You Asked: How Safe Is Train Travel?

TIME

The Amtrak train crash outside Philadelphia, which left at least seven people dead, may have you thinking twice about the safety of train travel.

And in fact, research shows that trains are less safe than some other forms of long-distance transportation in the U.S., including commercial air travel, which is the safest.

A 2013 study published in the journal Research in Transportation Economics found that commercial air travel has just .07 fatalities per billion passenger miles. The study, which examined data from 2000 to 2009, didn’t include acts of suicide or terrorism. If you’re still concerned about the few accidents that contributed to that figure, it’s worth noting that there hasn’t been a fatal commercial airline crash in the U.S. since 2009.

Despite some high-profile accidents, bus travel ranks as the second safest form of long-distance travel, with only 0.11 fatalities per billion passenger-miles, the study found. Long-haul passenger…

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