A Newsletter for the Transportation Community Volume 1, Issue 3
BTS Aims for Improved Transportation
Decisions with TranStats—an Intermodal
T he Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has taken
a significant step forward in electronic government
with the unveiling of TranStats, a new website providing
Up to now, the
process of compiling
data to analyze a
one-stop data shopping through access to more than 100 problem commonly
transportation-related databases. involved searching
for data sources,
Unveiled to the public on September 16th, TranStats is a
website for transportation researchers and analysts aimed
providers to get the
at providing “one-stop shopping” for transportation data.
data, often repeated
The premise is fairly simple—by reducing the time needed
contacts to get more
for data gathering, more time is available for analysis.
And by providing easy linkages across many data sets,
the data, then sort-
TranStats can help achieve new insights. Ultimately, this
ing through that data The website is at www.transtats.
should result in more timely and more informed decisions,
and integrating more bts.gov. Check out Getting Started on
and a better transportation system. the TranStats homepage.
data from other
TranStats' ultimate goal is to make the latest transporta- sources for analysis.
tion data available to the entire transportation community, This can be a very labor-intensive process, often taking
thereby creating a better transportation system for every- months. TranStats is an electronic government initiative
one. aimed at streamlining this whole process.
see TranStats, page 2
BTS Completes Model Standard for
Electronic Government Initiative
Inside this issue:
T he Bureau of Transportation
Statistics (BTS) has moved forward
in the development of electronic gov-
and Budget (OMB) in September as part
of the Geospatial One-Stop initiative.
Due to the widespread need for road
ernment with completion of a draft data, the road theme was selected as the
BTS Quilt Goes
data-exchange standard for roads as a first standard for development and
to DOD 2
model for future standards developed implementation of a prototype web por-
Transportation by federal agencies. tal for data access.
The new standard responds to the Bush The main function of the road data con-
Administration’s strategy for expanding tent standard is for data exchange on
Internet-based electronic government. the Internet. If a user wants to exchange
Recent/Upcoming 4 data, the standard specifies the rules,
BTS submitted a draft road-data content guidelines, and definitions necessary for
standard to the Office of Management sharing roadway information.
see Modal Standard, page 3
Bureau of Transportation Statistics U.S. Department of Transportation
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TranStats Streamlines Data Analysis
continued from page 1
TranStats offers analysts several • Online data documentation—pro- • A mapping center with the full
unique features: files on each database, summary National Transportation Atlas Data
information about the tables that Base, as well as applications for
• A searchable index of over 100 comprise a database, data defini- easily mapping DOT Grants and
transportation-related databases tions, and code information for data several other key datasets.
across every mode of transporta- variables.
tion—with many social and demo- Users can explore the data by trans-
graphic data sets that are common- • Interactive analytical tools—the portation mode or by subject area, use
ly used in transportation analysis. ability to do simple statistical sum- keyword searches to find relevant data
maries, create time series or cross sets, and get online help. Since all the
• Selective download—the ability to tabulations, generate graphics data in TranStats are indexed with a
choose variables of interest and online, and cut/paste results into transportation thesaurus, links to other
download the data directly to your reports. transportation research are easy
PC for analysis using any database, through the National Transportation
spreadsheet, or statistical package. • Interactive mapping to help visualize
BTS Quilt Goes
O n August 27th, U.S. Secretary
of Transportation Norman
Mineta and former Bureau of
Transportation Statistics (BTS)
Director Ashish Sen presented the
Department of Defense a quilt in
memory of the women who died at
the Pentagon on September 11th.
Women in BTS organized the quilt
project and women throughout the
Department of Transportation
(DOT) joined in making the quilt.
At the “Hearts and Hands Across
the Potomac,” ceremony at DOT
headquarters, Secretary Mineta pre-
sented the quilt to June Forte, cura-
tor of Pentagon quilts. “I can think
of no finer way to honor the women
who died than to let the warmth of
this quilt sustain the spirit that
resides in all of us,” he said.
The 84-square quilt has a flag in the
middle and a gold star containing
the name of every woman who died
at the Pentagon and on Flight 77.
see September 11, page 3 Secretary Mineta admires a quilt presented by DOT to the Department of Defense bearing
the name of every woman who died at the Pentagon and on Flight 77 on September 11th.
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Transportation Indicators The Women of September 11
In the August issue you continued from page 2
R emember to check
www.bts.gov the first
week of every month for
would have learned that
Director Sen said, “This quilt is a source of pride because it
arose from within the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
the latest Transportation remains the most heavily It came from our agency, but not from a directive from the
Indicators report tracking traveled air route con- leadership. It came from a group of dedicated women who
more than 300 necting the United States asked what they could do to pay tribute to the women
transportation trends. to the western hemi- who died at the Pentagon.”
sphere, although passen-
In the July issue you ger traffic remains down Secretary Mineta commended BTS staffers Stacy Murphy,
would have learned that from previous years. Kim Webb, Kim Hill, Thea Graham, Peg Young, and Susan
enplanements on interna- Lapham for their contributions. “They are the ‘Hearts and
tional flights by large In the September issue Hands Across the Potomac’,” he said.
U.S. carriers decreased you would have learned
that large U.S. air carri- Quilts donated to DOD have been displayed at the
by 14 percent in April Pentagon as well as at various military bases and museums
compared to a year earli- ers posted an 8 percent
rise in inflation-adjusted across the country. It is expected that the BTS quilt will be
er and that the 4.4 mil- shown at a variety of future venues.
lion international pas- freight revenue from the
sengers on U.S. carriers second quarter of last
in April were the fewest year.
of any April since 1996.
Modal Standard Draft Submitted to OMB
continued from page 1
The submission to OMB concludes the
composition to the road team will be
initial phase of a six-month effort led meeting throughout the remainder of
95 by BTS with support from state and the year.
local governments, the private and aca-
BTS is also using the draft road
demic sectors, and other Federal agen-
standard to build the prototype web
Trenton cies. The BTS process will provide a
Morrisville portal for the Geospatial One-Stop.
model for other geospatial data
This effort will help refine the road
themes. Geospatial data identifies the
195 content standard and provide informa-
geographic location and characteristics
13 tion for implementing the Geospatial
of natural or constructed features and
boundaries on Earth.
The Geospatial One-Stop, one of 24
130 BTS is the lead agency in the
electronic government initiatives sel-
Department of Transportation for
ected by the President’s Management
coordinating the development of the
Council, will provide a geographic com-
transportation standards for the
295 ponent for use in all Internet-based elec-
Geospatial One-Stop. BTS is also
tronic government activities of local,
developing data content standards for
state, tribal and federal governments.
air, rail, and transit. Groups similar in
BTS’ GIS section provides detailed maps
of transportation route 8 facilities.
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BTS Staffers Awarded
S ecretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta presented
two BTS teams and three individual staff members with
department-wide awards in November.
Excellence. She was noted for diverse contributions,
including support for the National Transportation Library
and the Office of Transportation Analysis.
The prestigious Partnering in Excellence Award, the highest Rick Ransom, computer specialist in BTS’ Office of
DOT group award, was presented to BTS’ Statistical Quality Information Technology, was honored with the Secretary’s
Working Group. The group was essential in developing sta- Award for Volunteer Service. He developed an aggressive
tistical quality guidelines for all DOT agencies in response to outreach program in the Parks and Recreation
new federal mandates. Members of the group are: Amrut Department in Greenbelt, MD, while also serving as an
Champaneri, Elizabeth Bradley, Eugene Burns, Demetra AAU Basketball coach and mentor at Hine Junior High
Collia, Pat Flanagan, Paulette Grady, Kimberley Hill, School in Washington, DC.
Purificacion MacDonald, Anand Prabhakar, and Julie Smith.
The State Profiles Team won the Secretary’s Team Award
Andrew Kleine, BTS’ chief financial officer, received the for the successful launch of BTS’ state transportation pro-
Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Achievement (Silver files. Members of the State Profiles Team are: Ron Duych,
Medal), the third highest DOT award for civilian employees. Wendell Fletcher, Martha Courtney, Derald Dudley, Mary
He was cited for “building the BTS budget and financial Field, Alexa Getting, Leonard Hughes, Darcy Herman,
management system from scratch.” David Kall, Pamela LaFontaine, Steve Lewis, Melody Liu,
Kimberly Webb, a management assistant in the Office of William Mallett, Chip Moore, Matt Sheppard, Laurie
the Director at BTS, received the Secretary’s Award for Scovell, and Lorisa Smith.
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BTS Products and Services Catalog
Holiday Air Travel Delays: Veteran’s 2003
Day and Thanksgiving Day 2001.
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Journal of Transportation and Bureau of Transportation
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