Inform transportation leaders and decision makers through reliable data, information, analyses,
and evaluation. Develop a systematic evaluation capacity for transportation research programs
USDOT and other transportation policy and decision makers will have access to the relevant,
accurate, timely, and reliable information and analyses needed to make informed decisions and
improve safety, reduce congestion, and boost overall system performance.
- Demonstrate Relevance of Research and Statistical
Information: Continuously communicate
with stakeholders and customers in providing statistical products and services that meet
priority needs of policy leaders and decision makers. Solicit, consider, and respond to
numerous decision maker and customer requests for statistical products.
Two key initiatives to support this strategy would be:
- Expand Delivery of Trend Analyses: Identify customer and stakeholder needs for
transportation trend analyses, and develop new capacities to deliver this data.
- Strengthen Intermodal Statistical Information: Improve availability of intermodal
data and develop a mechanism to make this information easily accessible.
- Generate High Quality, Accurate and Timely Data on Safety,
System Performance and Costs: Acquire and develop data sets and institutionalize the regular production and availability of
statistics relevant to transportation safety, congestion reduction, system performance, and
costs. Develop statistical products and services that will enhance knowledge regarding other
pressing domestic and international transportation topics.
A key initiative to support this strategy would be:
- Strengthen the BTS
Aviation Data Program (Uses, Analysis, Quality, Accessibility and
Dissemination): RITA/BTS provides extensive data on airline activities to
the USDOT, Congress, industry representatives, and the general public. RITA/
BTS acquires data related to airline passenger traffic, cost of air travel, on-time
performance, and financial data. RITA will review and identify current and projected
stakeholders’ needs, and assess current practices and information technology with
respect to meeting those needs. In addition, RITA has reviewed current sources of
airline data, data processing routines, database software, and agency organizational
capacities. Based on this assessment, RITA is and will be better positioned to
strengthen the BTS Aviation Data Program.
- Build a Robust, World-Class Research Knowledge Sharing and
Collaboration Capability: Through multimedia research knowledge sharing and collaboration, reduce DOT’s research
redundancy, sharpen research knowledge, tap subject matter expertise, significantly improve
collaboration among the research community, and generally advance the state and quality of
the research results. This effort will initiate with the University Transportation Centers and
expand to the research community-at-large based on the communities of interest.
- Create, Manage and Share Transportation Statistical
Knowledge and Research Findings: Ensure that statistical and research products and services meet priority needs and enhance
U.S. Department of Transportation
Research and Innovative Technology Administration
knowledge regarding domestic and international transportation topics. Ensure transportation
leaders, decision makers, and the broader transportation community have increased access to
data and information by strengthened communication and publicity of key results.
- Enhance Communication
on the Significance and Relevance of UTC Research: Publish an
annual report highlighting the comprehensive research and contributions of the UTCs in
achieving USDOT’s strategic goals. Broadly disseminate the report within the USDOT and the
broader transportation community.
- Design, Develop and Implement Executive Safety Education
information and training that enables decision makers to create and implement policies that
reduce transportation-related crashes through the subject matter expertise of its transportation