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Acronyms Used in the Report AASHTO American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials ATS American Travel Survey BEA Bureau of Economic Analysis BJS Bureau of Justice Statistics BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics BTS Bureau of Transportation Statistics CD-ROM Compact Disk - Read Only Memory CEX Consumer Expenditure Survey CFR Code of Federal Regulations CFS Commodity Flow Survey CNSTAT Committee on National Statistics CTPP Census Transportation Planning Package EIA Energy Information Administration EPA Environmental Protection Agency FAA Federal Aviation Administration FARS Fatal Accident Reporting System FGDC Federal Geographic Data Committee FHWA Federal Highway Administration FTE Full-Time Equivalent FRA Federal Railroad Administration FTA Federal Transit Administration 99

100 BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS: PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE GDP Gross Domestic Product GES General Estimates System GIS Geographic Information System GNP Gross National Product HEMS Highway Performance Monitoring System ICC Interstate Commerce Commission ISTEA Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (1991) MARAD Maritime Administration MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization MSA Metropolitan Statistical Area NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement NAPA National Academy of Public Administration NAS National Academy of Sciences NASS National Agricultural Statistics Service NASS National Accident Sampling System NCES National Center for Education Statistics NCHS National Center for Health Statistics NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NIPA National Income and Product Accounts NPR National Performance Review NPTS Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey NRC National Research Council NTDB National Transit Data Base NTL National Transportation Library NTS National Transportation Statistics O & D Origin and Destination OAI Office of Airline Information OHIM Office of Highway Information Management OMB (U.S.) Office of Management and Budget OST Office of the Secretary of Transportation PIERS Port Import Export Reporting System RSPA Research and Special Programs Administration RTECS Residential Transportation Energy Consumption Survey SES Senior Executive Service SMART State and Metropolitan Analysis for Regional Transportation SLSDC St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation SOI Statistics of Income program TDC Transportation Data Center

ACRONYMS TRB TSA TSAR USCG USDOT 101 Transportation Research Board Transportation Satellite Account Transportation Statistics Annual Report United States Coast Guard United States Department of Transportation

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How can the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the nation's newest federal statistical agency, contribute to the work of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)? What is the appropriate role for such an agency as a part of a major department?

BTS was authorized in 1991 by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) in recognition of the need for more and better data for transportation officials at local, state, and federal levels. While the USDOT has many long-standing data collection programs for particular transportation modes (highways, rail, air, etc.), it has never had a statistical agency with a mandate to improve the quality and relevance of transportation data for important system-wide, cross-modal analyses of the nation's transportation system.

This book examines how BTS can provide statistical leadership for USDOT, define and maintain quality standards for transportation data, and improve data documentation. It considers BTS's role in developing national transportation indicators, coordinating data collection throughout USDOT, filling gaps, identifying user needs, and developing analysis programs for transportation data.

Anyone concerned with having high-quality, relevant transportation indicators and other data available for policy planning, evaluation, and research will be interested in this book, as will students of effective government.

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