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Table 1-29: Average Age of Urban Transit Vehicles (Years)

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 19851990199119921993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014
Transit rail                          
Commuter rail locomotivesa16.315.715.315.815.615.315.917.617.014.713.213.414.216.016.616.016.516.918.418.618.319.417.617.818.719.4
Commuter rail passenger coaches19.117.617.319.318.620.121.424.121.619.417.516.918.120.120.517.918.618.618.918.718.318.919.420.020.818.8
Commuter rail self-propelled passenger cars12.315.916.517.618.216.019.821.122.323.224.325.426.227.125.423.619.415.916.917.918.519.519.718.517.517.2
Heavy-rail passenger cars17.116.216.917.717.815.819.320.221.122.022.522.921.720.019.019.820.821.621.620.719.018.719.219.820.220.4
Light rail vehicles (streetcars)20.615.216.617.014.916.716.816.015.915.715.716.116.416.315.615.514.515.316.116.416.416.816.516.216.416.7
Transit busb                          
Articulated3.47.68.29.19.510.110.711.311.711.28.56.65.95.84.64.95.46.26.96.66.66.56.57.07.37.4
Full-size8.18.28.08.38.58.78.68.78.58.58.48.17.87.37.37.27.67.4(R) 7.6(R) 7.8(R) 7.9(R) 7.98.08.08.1U
Mid-size5.66.66.76.86.46.96.86.35.85.85.65.65.65.75.75.75.86.2(R) 6.7(R) 7.0(R) 7.0(R) 7.0(R) 6.5(R) 6.56.7U
Small4.83.94.04.14.04.14.04.03.94.04.04.14.04.04.04.14.14.3(R) 4.8(R) 4.8(R) 4.8(R) 4.5(R) 4.4(R) 4.44.4U
TrolleyU10.910.311.212.011.113.114.014.714.615.616.420.415.411.68.59.49.08.59.09.410.411.412.413.214.3
Other                          
Vans3.82.83.03.13.13.93.13.13.02.93.13.13.34.93.43.43.43.13.13.33.23.43.53.63.53.5
Ferry boatsU21.719.622.724.723.523.425.325.425.825.125.624.726.827.125.625.621.720.320.119.320.520.321.021.423.8

KEY: U = data are not available.

a Locomotives used in Amtrak intercity passenger services are not included.

bFull-size buses have more than 35 seats; Mid-size buses have 25-35 seats; Small buses have fewer than 25 seats.

SOURCES

All data, except full-size, mid-size, small, and articulated transit bus:

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database (Washington, DC: Annual reports), table 25 and similar tables in earlier editions, available at as of May 5, 2016.

Full-size, mid-size, small, and articulated transit bus:

1985-91: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database 1991 (Washington, DC: 1993), table 29 and similar tables in earlier editions.

1992-2013: Ibid., National Transit Summaries and Trends (Washington, DC: Annual reports), table 25, available at as of May 5, 2016.

Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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