BTS 20th Anniversary Marked. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) celebrated its 20th anniversary this week. BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), was created by legislation in 1991 and formally organized in 1992 as a designated federal statistical agency having the primary purpose of collecting, compiling and disseminating transportation statistics. Among BTS’ major accomplishments are an annual report to the President and the Congress on the state of the transportation system; the only nationwide data collection on freight activity by all modes of transportation, the Commodity Flow Survey, every five years; creation of the Transportation Services Index to measure monthly changes in passenger and freight activity; establishment of the National Transportation Library as a repository for research and statistics; and collection of airline data to support the Department’s consumer protection programs. BTS Director Patricia Hu supervises 55 federal employees who work on transportation studies, analysis and compilations, survey programs, statistical quality, geospatial information and airline information, and who staff the National Transportation Library. Contact: Dave Smallen: 202-366-5568.
BTS’ National Transportation Statistics Updated. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), today updated National Transportation Statistics (NTS) – a web-only reference guide to national-level transportation data. NTS, updated quarterly, includes a wide range of national transportation information, such as the table showing that coastwise waterborne freight travels 1,169 miles on average, the longest distance of domestic freight shipped on any mode, slightly more than the 1,157 miles traveled by air freight. NTS consists of more than 260 tables of national data on the transportation system, safety, the economy and energy and the environment, of which 53 were updated today. NTS also includes 11 modal profiles, compilations of all NTS data related to a single mode or subject. The next quarterly update is scheduled for January. NTS can be viewed on the BTS website. Contact: Dave Smallen (202) 366-5568.
2012 UTC Spotlight Conference on Sustainable Energy and Transportation to feature Dan Sperling of the University of California, Davis. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration is supporting the 2012 UTC Spotlight Conference on Sustainable Energy and Transportation: Strategies, Research, and Data, to be held Nov. 8-9, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The conference, organized by the Transportation Research Board, is designed to promote dialogue and coordination among University Transportation Centers (UTCs), federal agencies, industry, and state and local agencies on research to address the complex and challenging issues concerning sustainable energy and transportation. The conference will focus on recently completed and ongoing research on sustainable energy and transportation being conducted by UTCs and others, and it will identify existing knowledge gaps and promising developments for future research. Daniel Sperling, director of the Institution of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, is this year’s conference keynote speaker and conference chair. The preliminary program is now available. Contact: Nancy Wilochka, 202-366-5128.