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Bureau of Transportation Statistics - Transportation Data for a Nation on the Move

Bureau of Transportation Statistics - Transportation Data for a Nation on the Move

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History and Overview

In 1992, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) created BTS as a federal statistical agency to:

  • administer data collection, analysis, and reporting; and
  • ensure the most cost-effective use of transportation-monitoring resources.

BTS is one of the 13 statutorily recognized Federal Statistical Agencies. As such, BTS

  • is policy-neutral objective broker for the facts,
  • does independent data collection and analysis, but assists all the other modes to be more effective and efficient,
  • sets standards for transportation data, and
  • has special statutory protections for the confidentiality of data.