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 51 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 July. NTS can be viewed on the BTS website. Contact: Dave Smallen (202) 366-5568.
DOT Federal Funds Available for Small U.S. Shipyards. The U.S. Maritime Administration today announced that qualified small shipyards may apply for a share of $9.45 million in federal funding to help enhance their efficiency and competitiveness. The grants are available for capital and related improvement projects that foster efficiency and competitive operations; quality ship construction, repair and reconfiguration; and employee training. Grants are limited to no more than 75 percent of the estimated improvement costs. Application packages must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST. on May 28, 2013. Additional information is available in the Federal Register at https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-08486 or by contacting David M. Heller, Director, Office of Shipyards and Marine Engineering, Maritime Administration, Room W21-318, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, DC 20590; David.Heller@dot.gov; phone: (202) 366–5737; or fax: (202) 366–6988.