Introduction

Introduction

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) is one of eleven operating administrations within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). BTS puts together data and information that others need to make decisions concerning transportation. We collect data; compile, analyze and publish statistics; and generally coordinate the statistical programs within DOT. We manage the National Transportation Library, and the Office of Airline Information. We lead the federal effort in developing geo-spatial data for transportation.

As one of the federal statistical agencies, BTS maintains a special degree of objectivity and independence. We provide special protections of confidentiality in our data collection, and we provide reports directly to the Secretary and to Congress. We do not advocate policies or programs. Our efforts are focused on gettingand helping to interpretthe data that can be used to better inform decision making, regardless of what the data show.