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. NTS consists of more than 260 tables of national data on the transportation system, safety, the economy and energy and the environment, of which 43 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 April. NTS can be viewed on the BTS website. Contact: Dave Smallen (202) 366-5568.
DOT Cautions Consumers on Super Bowl Air Travel Ticket Scams. Air travelers going to Super Bowl XLVII this year should be aware that not all tour packages include a ticket to the Feb. 3 game in New Orleans. Under U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) consumer protection rules, any operator marketing a Super Bowl air package that is promoted as including game tickets must have the tickets in hand or have a written contract for the tickets before the operator does any advertising. DOT cautions travelers that if a game ticket is not specifically mentioned in advertisements or other solicitation material or listed as a tour feature, the ticket is probably not included. DOT’s rules state that if a tour was described as including a game ticket and you do not receive one, you are entitled to a full refund of the entire package price even if you have already traveled to the city where the game will take place. People may file complaints about Super Bowl tours that advertise tickets but do not provide them by contacting the Aviation Consumer Protection Division online at www.dot.gov/airconsumer, by voice-mail at (202) 366-2220 or by TTY at (202) 366-0511. Media Contact: Bill Mosley (202) 366-4570.