PHMSA Seeks Comment on Draft Revision of Regulations for Safe Transport of Radioactive Material. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued a notice requesting public comment on a draft revision of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) ‘‘Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material’’ (SSR-6), which is scheduled for publication in 2018. After considering public input, PHMSA and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will jointly submit U.S. comments on the draft document to the IAEA. The notice will be open for comments for up to 45 days after publication in the Federal Register. An actual date of publication will be determined by the Federal Register, but a preview of the notice transmitted by PHMSA is available on the agency's website at www.phmsa.dot.gov. Contact for media: Artealia Gilliard (202) 366-4831.
BTS Releases Passenger Travel Facts and Figures 2016 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released Passenger Travel Facts and Figures 2016, a report detailing the characteristics and trends of personal travel in the United States; the network over which passenger travel takes place; and the related economic, safety, and environmental implications. The 94-page report discusses the basic demographic and economic characteristics of the United States that contribute to the demand for passenger travel; examines travel patterns by household characteristics, trip purpose, and transportation mode; provides information on the extent, use and performance of the passenger transportation system; discusses the economic characteristics of passenger travel and tourism; and describes the safety, energy, and environmental impacts of passenger travel. This report is intended as a companion to Freight Facts and Figures, which focuses on these same topics as they relate to Freight movement. Passenger Travel Facts and Figures 2016 also compliments information provided in Beyond Traffic 2045, a framework for opening discussion about future needs, goals, and decision making regarding multiple modes and the impacts of the transportation system on the nation. Contact Dave Smallen: 202-366-5568.