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Friday, December 30, 2005

Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Reached a Monthly Record High in October 2005

Friday, December 30, 2005 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 12.5 percent higher in October 2005 than in October 2004, reaching $64 billion, the highest monthly level ever recorded, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (Table 1). 

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

October 2005 Passenger Airline Employment Down 5.5 Percent from October 2004

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 442,016 workers in October 2005, 5.5 percent fewer than in October 2004, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today (Table 1). 

Monday, December 19, 2005

Third Quarter 2005 Airline Financial Data: Regional Passenger Airlines and Low-Cost Airlines Report Domestic Profit; Network Carriers Report Smaller Loss

Monday, December 19, 2005 - The seven largest regional airlines and the seven largest low-cost carriers each reported a domestic operating profit margin 

Thursday, December 15, 2005

September 2005 Airline Traffic Data: Nine-Month Domestic Traffic Up 5.3 Percent From 2004

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - U.S. airlines carried 5.3 percent more domestic passengers and flew 1.2 percent more domestic flights during the first nine months of 2005 than they did during the same period in 2004, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today reported, in a release of preliminary data (Table 1).

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Transportation Services Index (TSI) Rose 0.1 Percent in September from August

Tuesday, December 6, 2005 — The Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 0.1 percent in September to 111.6 (2000=100) from the August level of 111.5, turning up after a one-month decline , the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today (Table 1). 

Thursday, December 1, 2005

Airline On-Time Performance in October Shows Improvement Over Last Year

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - The on-time performance of the nation's largest airlines improved in October 2005 compared to the same month last year, although the carriers had a lower percentage of on-time flights than in September, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 11.4 Percent from September 2004 to Record High in September 2005

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico rose 11.4 percent in September 2005 from September 2004 to a total of $61.2 billion, the highest monthly level ever recorded, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (Table 1). 

Monday, November 28, 2005

John F. Kennedy International Airport Was Top International Freight Gateway by Value in 2004, According to Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Monday, November 28, 2005 - John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York was the top international freight gateway by value in 2004, displacing the Port of Los Angeles, which was the top gateway in 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). 

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

September 2005 Passenger Airline Employment Down 5.5 Percent from September 2004

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 — U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 436,350 workers in September 2005, 5.5 percent fewer than in September 2004, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today (Table 1).

Thursday, November 10, 2005

August 2005 Airline Traffic: Eight-Month Domestic Traffic Up 5.2 Percent From 2004

Thursday, November 10, 2005 — U.S. airlines carried 5.2 percent more domestic passengers and flew 1.6 percent more domestic flights during the first eight months of 2005 than they did during the same period in 2004, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today reported, in a release of preliminary data (Table 1).

Monday, November 7, 2005

Transportation Services Index (TSI) Fell 0.1 Percent in August from July

Monday, November 7, 2005 — The Transportation Services Index (TSI) fell 0.1 percent in August to 111.5 (2000=100) from the July level of 111.6, the second consecutive monthly decline, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today (Table 1).

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Nation's Airlines Improve On-Time Performance in September

Thursday, November 3, 2005 — The on-time performance of the nation's largest airlines improved in September compared to August, although the carriers had a lower percentage of on-time flights than in September 2004, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 12.3 Percent from August 2004 to Record High in August 2005

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico rose 12.3 percent in August 2005 from August 2004 to a total of $60.2 billion, the highest monthly level ever recorded, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (Table 1). 

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Air Travel Price Index (ATPI) Up 1.8 Percent in Second-Quarter of 2005 from Second Quarter of 2004; Top Increase in San Jose, CA, Top Decrease in Cincinnati

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - The Air Travel Price Index (ATPI) rose 1.8 percent in the second quarter of 2005 from the same period in 2004 (Table 1), marking the highest fare index of any April-to-June period since pre-Sept. 11 (Table 2), the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

U.S. Freight Shipments with Canada and Mexico in 2004 Topped Pre-9/11 Levels, According to an Updated Three-Country Database

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 — The amount of goods transported across U.S. borders in trade with Canada and Mexico set a new record in 2004, exceeding a previous high set in 2000, the last full year before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) on the North American Transportation Statistics (NATS) online database.

Monday, October 17, 2005

August Passenger Airline Employment Down 5.4 Percent from August 2004

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 446,051 workers in August 2005, 5.4 percent fewer than in August 2004, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today (Table 1).

Friday, October 14, 2005

BTS Directs Three New Airlines to File Monthly Flight Delay Reports in 2006

Monday, October 17, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has directed Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Mesa Airlines to report flight delay numbers in 2006 because the airlines' revenue has exceeded the required threshold for the monthly reports. BTS also removed St. Louis Lambert and Portland, OR International from the list of airports for which airlines are required to report flight delays.

Friday, October 14, 2005

July 2005 Airline Traffic: Seven-Month Domestic Traffic Up 5.6 Percent From 2004

Friday, October 14, 2005 - U.S. airlines carried 5.6 percent more domestic passengers and flew 2.0 percent more domestic flights during the first seven months of 2005 than they did during the same period in 2004, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today reported, in a release of preliminary data (Table 1).

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

July Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 3.3 Percent from July 2004

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico rose 3.3 percent in July 2005 from July 2004 to a total of $49.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (Table 1).

Thursday, October 6, 2005

Transportation Services Index (TSI) Fell 0.3 Percent in July from June

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005 - The Transportation Services Index (TSI) fell 0.3 percent in July to 111.6 (2000=100) from the June level of 112.0, the second consecutive monthly decline, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today (Table 1).

Monday, October 3, 2005

August's Airline On-Time Performance Improves from July, But Down From Last Year

Monday, October 3, 2005 - The on-time performance of the nation's largest airlines showed improvement in August compared to the previous month although they had a lower percentage of on-time flights than a year ago, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

July Passenger Airline Employment Down 2.9 Percent from July 2004

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 458,228 workers in July 2005, 2.9 percent fewer than in July 2004, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today (Table 1). 

Monday, September 19, 2005

Second Quarter 2005 Airline Financial Data: Regional Passenger Airlines and Low-Cost Airlines Report Domestic Profit; Network Carriers Report Loss

Monday, September 19, 2005 - The seven largest regional airlines and the seven largest low-cost carriers each reported a domestic operating profit margin ― an industry measure of profitability ― while the network carriers reported another loss during the second quarter of 2005, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation reported today in a release of preliminary data. 

Thursday, September 15, 2005

June 2005 Airline Traffic: Six-Month Domestic Traffic Up 5.4 Percent From 2004

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - U.S. airlines carried 5.4 percent more domestic passengers and flew 0.8 percent more domestic flights during the first six months of 2005 than they did during the same period in 2004, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today reported, in a release of preliminary data (Table 1).

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Transportation Services Index (TSI) Fell 0.6 Percent in June from May

Tuesday, September 6, 2005 - The Transportation Services Index (TSI) fell 0.6 percent in June to 112.0 (2000=100) from the May level of 112.6, the first monthly decline following three consecutive increases, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today (Table 1).

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Airline On-Time Performance Falls, Mishandled Bags and Complaints Rise in July

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - The on-time performance of the nation's largest airlines declined in July while consumer complaints about airline service and reports of mishandled baggage increased, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Friday, August 19, 2005

George Mason University Receives RITA Grant for Transportation Education and Research

Friday, August 19, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced today that a $1.3 million federal grant has been awarded to the National Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Implementation Research Center at George Mason University to apply research and the latest technologies to improve the safety and efficiency of America’s transportation system.

Friday, August 19, 2005

University of Rhode Island Receives RITA Grant for Education and Research at URI Transportation Center

Friday, August 19, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced today that a $1.3 million federal grant has been awarded to the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Transportation Center to apply research and the latest technologies to improve America’s highways, transit systems and transportation infrastructure.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Montana State University Receives RITA Grant for Education and Research at Western Transportation Institute

Friday, August 19, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced today that a $1.3 million federal grant has been awarded to Montana State University’s Western Transportation Institute to apply research and the latest technologies to improve transportation safety and mobility in rural areas. 

Friday, August 19, 2005

MIT-Based New England University Transportation Center Receives RITA Grant for Transportation Education and Research

Friday, August 19, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced today that a $665,000 federal grant has been awarded to the New England University Transportation Center (UTC), based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to apply research and the latest technologies to improve the management of transportation systems.

Friday, August 19, 2005

University of Washington Receives RITA Grant for Transportation Education and Research in Pacific Northwest

Friday, August 19, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced today that a $665,000 federal grant has been awarded to the University of Washington’s Transportation Northwest to apply research and the latest technologies to improve transportation operations and planning.

Friday, August 19, 2005

City College of New York Receives RITA Grant for Transportation Education and Research at 12-University Consortium

Friday, August 19, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced today that a $665,000 federal grant has been awarded to the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC), based at the City College of New York, to improve the planning and management of regional transportation systems.

Friday, August 19, 2005

University of Wisconsin Receives RITA Grant for Transportation Education and Research at 8-University Consortium

Friday, August 19, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced today that a $665,000 federal grant has been awarded to the Midwest Regional University Transportation Center (MRUTC), based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to apply research and technology to improve transportation systems.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Iowa State University Receives RITA Grant for Education and Research at Midwest Transportation Consortium

Friday, August 19, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced today that a $665,000 federal grant has been awarded to the Midwest Transportation Consortium (MTC), based at Iowa State University, to apply research and the latest technologies to improve transportation system management and operations.

Friday, August 19, 2005

University of Alabama Receives RITA Grant for Education and Research at University Transportation Center

Friday, August 19, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced today that a $665,000 federal grant has been awarded to the University Transportation Center for Alabama (UTCA) to apply research and the latest technologies to improve the management and safety of transportation systems.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Texas A&M Receives RITA Grant for Education and Research at Southwest Region University Transportation Center

Friday, August 19, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced today that a $665,000 federal grant has been awarded to the Southwest Region University Transportation Center (SWUTC), based at Texas A&M University, to find transportation solutions that will improve the quality of life for local communities.

Friday, August 12, 2005

June Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 7.2 Percent from June 2004

Monday, August 29, 2005 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico rose 7.2 percent in June 2005 compared to June 2004 to a total of $59.4 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (Table 1). 

Thursday, August 4, 2005

June's On-Time Performance Improves Over Previous Year, Slips from May

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - The on-time performance of the nation's largest airlines improved in June compared to the same month last year, although they had a lower percentage of on-time flights than in May 2005, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

DOT to Study Safer Seats, Tables for Commuter Trains

Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) today launched a new project to make seats and tables on commuter trains safer.

Thursday, July 7, 2005

Airlines On-Time Performance Improves in May 2005

Thursday, July 7, 2005 — The nation's largest airlines experienced improved on-time performance and canceled fewer flights in May 2005 compared to both the previous month and May of last year, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). 

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

South Carolina State University Receives RITA Grant for Transportation Education and Research

Tuesday, July 5, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced today that just over $1 million in grant money was awarded to South Carolina State University’s James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center (UTC) to support the full range of the Center’s education and research programs.

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge Winners

Tuesday, July 5, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced today that $3.1 million in grant money was awarded to the University of Minnesota’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute, a DOT-funded University Transportation Center (UTC), to support the full range of the Institute’s education and research programs.

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

University of South Florida Receives RITA Grant for Transportation Education and Research

Tuesday, July 5, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced today that just over $1 million in grant money was awarded to the University of South Florida’s National Center for Transit Research, a DOT-funded University Transportation Center (UTC), to support the full range of the Center’s education and research programs.

Friday, July 1, 2005

U.S. Senate Confirms Dr. Ashok G. Kaveeshwar as Administrator of DOT’s Newly Created Research and Innovative Technology Administration

Friday, July 1, 2005 - The U.S. Senate voted unanimously last night to approve Dr. Ashok G. Kaveeshwar as the first administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), a newly created agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Dr. Kaveeshwar was nominated to the position on May 24, 2005 by President George W. Bush.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Universities Receive RITA Grants for Transportation Education and Research

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) today announced over $6.6 million in grants to be awarded to 10 University Transportation Centers (UTC) located throughout the United States for a variety of transportation education and research programs.

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Airlines On-Time Performance Falls in March 2005

Wednesday, May 4, 2005 - The nation's largest airlines experienced a higher rate of flight delays in March 2005 than in either the previous month or in March of last year, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Thursday, April 28, 2005

New U.S. Department of Transportation Aviation Safety Training Venture Will Put New Focus on Safety for Next Generation of Aviation Professionals

Thursday, April 28, 2005 — Aviation industry professionals will be more focused on safety and better prepared to conduct accident investigations as part of a new partnership between the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Safety Institute, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Texas A&M University’s Engineering Extension Service announced today.

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Airlines Improve On-Time Performance in February

Tuesday, April 5, 2005 - The nation's largest airlines experienced a lower rate of flight delays in February 2005 than in either the previous month or in February of last year, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Flight Delays, Cancellations Increase in January

Wednesday, March 2, 2005 - The nation's largest airlines experienced a higher rate of flight delays and cancellations in January 2005 than in either the previous month or in January of last year, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report, released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).