Introduction

Introduction

Annually, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) reports on 13 transportation data topics designated in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU). The table below lists the topics, as described in SAFETEA-LU.

In Chapter 2, each topic is represented by a set of data tables. For most data, a 10-year span of data is reported. Many of the indicators also have a graphic representation to demonstrate changes over time.

Data Reporting Requirements in SAFETEA-LU Sec. 5601(c)(5)

Subsection Topic
A Productivity in various parts of the transportation sector
B Traffic flows for all modes of transportation
C Elements of the Intermodal Transportation Database
D Travel times and measures of congestion
E Vehicle weights and other vehicle characteristics
F Demographic, economic, and other variables influencing traveling behavior, including choice of transportation mode, and goods movement
G Transportation costs for passenger travel and goods movement
H Availability and use of mass transit (including number of passengers served by each mass transit authority) and other forms of for-hire passenger travel
I Frequency of vehicle and transportation facility repairs and other interruptions of transportation service
J Safety and security for travelers, vehicles, and transportation systems
K Consequences of transportation for the human and natural environment
L The extent, connectivity, and condition of the transportation system, building on the National Transportation Atlas Database
M Transportation-related variables that influence the domestic economy and global competitiveness.