The bottom-line figure looks bad for Amtrak.
Between 2006 and February 2015, America's national passenger-rail service saw more than 700 train accidents—many with injuries, a few with deaths. That puts it at the top of the list among other commuter-rail lines, dwarfing even large regional providers, like NJ Transit and Metro-North.
But when you factor in the 370 million miles traveled by Amtrak trains over the same time period, the company's safety record starts to look a lot better—and the records of others, much worse.
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