Injury Facts compares four modes of transportation: scheduled airlines, railroad passenger trains (including Amtrak and commutation), buses and light-duty vehicles, like passenger cars, light trucks, vans and sports utility vehicles regardless of wheelbase.
In general, buses, trains and airlines have much lower death rates than light duty vehicles when the risk is expressed as passenger deaths per passenger mile of travel. Light duty vehicle drivers are considered passengers but operators and crew of planes, trains and buses are not.
In 2013, the passenger death rate in light duty vehicles was 0.46 per 100 million passenger-miles. The rates for buses, trains and airlines were 0.04, 0.02, and 0.0, respectively. See page 156 in
Injury Facts 2017 for more details.