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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

No Tarmac Delays Longer Than Three Hours in October

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - The nation's largest airlines reported no flights in October with tarmac delays of more than three hours, down from 11 flights in October 2009, with a slight decrease in the rate of canceled flights, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). This is the first month there were no tarmac delays of more than three hours by the reporting carriers since the Department began collecting more comprehensive tarmac delay data in October 2008.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Atlantic Coast U.S. Seaports Fact Sheet

Friday, November 12, 2010 - The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released a fact sheet, Atlantic Coast U.S. Seaports, highlighting the major Atlantic container ports of New York/New Jersey, Virginia, Savannah, GA, and Charleston, SC. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Long Tarmac Delays in September Down From Last Year

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - The nation's largest airlines reported four flights in September with tarmac delays of more than three hours, down from six flights in September 2009, with only a slight increase in the rate of canceled flights, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Friday, November 5, 2010

Airline On-Time Reporting Directive for 2011

Friday, November 5, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today issued the annual directive detailing the requirements for the reporting of airline on-time data for 2011.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $18.7 Million in Transportation Research Grants in Eleven States

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced more than $18.7 million in grants to 11 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) that are using new technologies and developing innovative approaches to improve transportation systems throughout the country. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Long Tarmac Delays in August Show Steep Drop from Last Year

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - The nation's largest airlines reported only one flight in August with a tarmac delay of more than three hours, compared to 66 flights in August 2009, with no change in the rate of canceled flights, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Friday, October 8, 2010

Factors Involved in Fatal Vehicle Crashes

Friday, October 8, 2010 - The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released a technical report, Factors Involved in Fatal Vehicle Crashes, examining the numerous factors that contribute to the severity of fatal motor vehicle crashes.

Friday, September 24, 2010

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $9.2 Million to Improve Transportation Safety and Sustainability

Grants Fund Research in California, Delaware, Maryland, Montana, Ohio and Texas

Monday, September 13, 2010

Long Tarmac Delays in July Down Dramatically from Last Year

Monday, September 13, 2010 - The nation's largest airlines reported only three flights in July with tarmac delays of more than three hours, compared to 161 flights in July 2009, with only a slight increase in the rate of canceled flights, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Friday, August 27, 2010

Key Transportation Indicators: Air Cargo, State and Local Expenditures Added

Friday, August 27, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today expanded its Key Transportation Indicators with the addition of two new tables: U.S. Air Carrier Cargo Revenue Ton-Miles, a monthly measure of freight shipments on U.S. airlines, 

Friday, August 27, 2010

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $13.8 Million for Transportation Research and Education

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced more than $13.8 million in grants to eight University Transportation Centers (UTC) located throughout the United States to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges facing the nation.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Federal Officials Mark Opening of New Aiken Transportation Resource Center

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - Peter Appel, Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), and Federal Transit Administration Regional Administrator Dr. Yvette Taylor today joined state and local officials to mark the expansion of a $2.9 million transportation resource center that will provide enhanced, coordinated, accessible, cost-effective transportation choices for older adults, people with disabilities and low-income populations in a six county region surrounding Aiken, SC.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Long Tarmac Delays in June Down Dramatically from Last Year

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - The nation's largest airlines reported only three flights in June with tarmac delays of more than three hours compared to 268 flights in June 2009 and with no increase in the rate of canceled flights, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Friday, August 6, 2010

Effects of the February 2010 Snowstorms on Airline Performance

Friday, August 6, 2010 - The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released a special report, Effects of the February 2010 Snowstorms on Airline Performance, describing how several February snowstorms in the Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast disrupted air travel at airports across the United States.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Geographic Databases for 2010 Released

Friday, July 16, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, released the 2010 edition of the National Transportation Atlas Databases (NTAD) this week. 

Friday, July 9, 2010

BTS Releases State Transportation Statistics 2009

Friday, July 9, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), today released State Transportation Statistics 2009 (STS) – 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

May Airline On-Time Performance Lower Than Last Year and April

Thursday, July 8, 2010 - The nation's largest airlines had a rate of on-time flights this past May that was lower than the same month last year and the rate posted in April 2010, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Thursday, June 3, 2010

April Airline On-Time Performance Higher Than Last Year and March

Thursday, June 3, 2010 - The nation's largest airlines had a rate of on-time flights this past April that was higher than the same month last year and the rate posted in March 2010, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Thursday, May 20, 2010

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Signs Memorandum of Cooperation to Encourage Women to Pursue Math and Science Careers in Transportation

Thursday, May 20, 2010 - To help counter an anticipated shortage of skilled transportation workers, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today signed an agreement with the Women's Transportation Seminar International to encourage women to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math – while pursuing careers in transportation. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

March Airline On-Time Performance Higher Than Last Year and February

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - The nation's largest airlines had a rate of on-time flights this past March that was higher than the same month last year and the rate posted in February 2010, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Friday, April 23, 2010

Key Transportation Indicators: Freight Rail Yields Added

Friday, April 23, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today expanded its Key Transportation Indicators with the addition of a new table on Freight Rail Yields, a quarterly measure of revenue per ton-mile for freight railroads. The new table brings the total number of transportation indicators tracked by BTS to 21. 

Friday, April 16, 2010

Freight Transportation: Global Highlights 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010 - The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics today released Freight Transportation: Global Highlights 2010, a snapshot of freight transportation activity from a global perspective. 

Friday, April 16, 2010

Research and Innovative Technology Administration's University Transportation Centers Program Collaborates on National Transportation Workforce Development Strategy

Friday, April 16, 2010 - The Research and Innovative Technology Administration's (RITA) University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program is leading the development of a National Transportation Workforce Development Strategy to prepare for a well-trained, diverse, collaborative, multi-disciplinary and highly skilled workforce for the future.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

International Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics today released a special report describing trends over the last 11 years in worldwide piracy and armed robbery at sea.

Friday, April 9, 2010

DOT, States Plan "Transportation for the Nation" Geospatial Data Initiative

Friday, April 9, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) this week began strategic planning for Transportation for the Nation (TFTN), an initiative to coordinate and develop nationally significant geospatial transportation data, with particular emphasis on road centerlines. 

Friday, April 9, 2010

U.S. DOT Seeks Innovative Research Proposals from Small Businesses to Address Transportation Challenges

Friday, April 9, 2010 - U.S. DOT Seeks Innovative Research Proposals from Small Businesses to Address Transportation Challenges. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program has posted its second and final program solicitation for fiscal year 2010, inviting small businesses to submit research proposals that address high-priority goals within DOT.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Airline On-Time Performance Decreases in February

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - The nation’s largest airlines had a lower on-time performance rate this past February than in both February 2009 and January 2010, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Appoints New Advisory Council Members for Transportation Statistics

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood today announced the appointment of 10 new members to the Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics (ACTS) to advise the Department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), on statistical matters.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

U.S. DOT Announces Challenge to Researchers to Improve Road Safety Through New Weather Data.

Thursday, March 18, 2010 - Stressing the need to provide timely, high-quality road weather information to the American public, Research and Innovative Technology Administrator (RITA) Peter Appel today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will sponsor up to seven innovative ideas for using the Clarus weather information system to improve roadway safety during severe weather. The Department intends to provide up to $80,000 per award in an open competition. 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Airline On-Time Performance Improves in January

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - The nation's largest airlines had a higher on-time performance rate this past January than in both January 2009 and December 2009, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Friday, February 12, 2010

Airline On-Time Performance Improves in 2009 as Rate of Mishandled Baggage Decreases

Friday, February 12, 2010 - The nation’s largest airlines had an on-time performance rate in 2009 that was their best since 2003, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). In addition, the report shows that the carriers’ rate of mishandled baggage last year was the lowest recorded since 2004. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Research and Innovative Technology Administration Awards $2 Million for Transportation Research and Education

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) today awarded over $2 million in grants to four University Transportation Centers (UTC) located throughout the United States to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges facing our nation. UTCs conduct research that directly support USDOT priorities and are a critical part of our national transportation strategy.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pocket Guide 2010, Significant Accomplishments 2009

Friday, January 29, 2010 - The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), has published the Pocket Guide to Transportation 2010 – a 50-page quick reference guide to informative transportation data.

Friday, January 22, 2010

BTS Releases Reports on Ocean Passenger Vessels

Friday, January 22, 2010 - The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics today released two special reports on the ocean passenger vessel industry. U.S. Ocean Passenger Terminals: serving larger vessels closer to home and central transit connections provides an overview of the trend since 2004 to larger vessels and terminals located closer to population centers and transit connections.

Friday, January 22, 2010

News Digest U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comments on Research and Technology Planning

Friday, January 22, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking public comment to guide strategic planning for the Department's research, development, and technology activities from 2010 through 2015. 

Friday, January 8, 2010

News Digest Research and Innovative Technology Administration Releases ITS Strategic Plan

Friday, January 8, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration has released the new, five-year Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Strategic Research Plan.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Airlines Set Records for On-Time Performance, Low Mishandled Baggage Rates in November

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - The nation's largest airlines set a single-month record in November for on-time performance for the nearly 15 years the U.S. Department of Transportation has collected comparable data, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). They also set a record for the lowest rate of mishandled baggage in a single month since these data were first collected in September 1987.