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BTS Asks for National Transit Map Data by Nov. 15 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) is asking transit agencies to submit data by Nov. 15 for the second edition of the National Transit Map. Agencies must register their General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data in a voluntary process by that date for BTS to harvest it for the second edition, which will be released in late 2016. The National Transit Map is a geospatial database containing information from transit agencies that provides open, machine-readable data about transit stops, routes, and schedules. The first version of the National Transit Map, released in September 2016,  contained data from more than 200 transit agencies including 84 percent of the top 25 urban transit agencies with fixed-route service, 74 percent of the top 50 agencies, and about one third of all urban transit agencies with fixed-route service. The ranking of transit agencies included urban transit agencies with fixed route services and were based on maximum revenue vehicles operated or Vehicles Operated in Annual Maximum Service (VOMS). BTS has made a map of participating agencies available. DOT invites additional agencies to participate in this national, openly available map of fixed-guideway and fixed-route transit service in America will allow DOT to demonstrate the importance and role of transit in American society and to identify and address gaps in access to public transportation. BTS is focusing this second edition on rounding out participation from the top 100 transit agencies and transit agencies in large metropolitan areas. Contacts:  Press: Dave Smallen: (202) 366-5568, david.smallen@dot.gov. For technical information: National Transit Map or these contacts:  NationalTransitMap@dot.gov or Derald Dudley 202-493-0370.

Daylight Saving Time to End Sunday, Nov. 6 for Most Americans.  Most of the nation will return to standard time at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, when clocks will be turned back one hour, providing an additional hour of daylight in the morning.  Under federal law, daylight saving time is observed from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, with the nation returning to daylight saving time starting Sunday, March 12, 2017.  Federal law does not require any area to observe daylight saving time, but those that do must follow the starting and ending dates set by the law.  No resetting of clocks is required for those parts of the country not observing daylight saving time: Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Marianas, and most of Arizona.  The U.S. Department of Transportation has overseen the time laws since 1966, when Congress transferred this responsibility from the Interstate Commerce Commission.  Contact:  Caitlin Harvey:  (202) 366-4570.

 

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Friday, November 4, 2016
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