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BTS Releases Interactive State Transportation Facts and Figures.

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released State Transportation Facts and Figures, an interactive web transportation mapping application that allows customers to find state-by-state transportation data, comparisons and rankings as well as gives them the ability to download state transportation information. State Transportation Facts and Figures contains data and statistics related to each state’s transportation infrastructure, transportation safety, freight movements and passenger travel, vehicle characteristics, economy and transportation finance, and transportation energy usage and the environment. For additional state tables, see State Transportation Statistics 2010. For the latest transportation spatial data and analysis, see Office of Geospatial Information Services.

BTS Releases Pocket Guide to Transportation 2012.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), has published the Pocket Guide to Transportation 2012 – a quick reference guide to significant transportation data. The 15th annual Pocket Guide covers data on transportation safety, state of good repair, system use and performance, economic competitiveness, and environmental sustainability. To order a copy of the Pocket Guide to Transportation 2012, go to the BTS website publications page. This free guide can also be obtained by contacting BTS by phone at 800-853-1351, by e-mail at ritainfo@dot.gov or by mail sent to Product Orders, RITA/Bureau of Transportation Statistics, USDOT, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Room E36-109, Washington, D.C. 20590.

Navy Gets Two High Speed Vessels from Maritime Administration Huakai and Alakai Go for $35 Million.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has transferred two high speed vessels, the Huakai and the Alakai, to the U.S. Navy. The Navy plans to use the vessels to transport troops and equipment to training areas from Okinawa and other locations. These vessels will help the Navy meet these unique operational requirements without the need to build new vessels. Powered by waterjet engines, the catamarans can each carry 288 cars and 866 passengers. The Navy provided $35 million to the Maritime Administration for both vessels. The Maritime Administration took possession of the two ships after their original owners, Hawaii Superferry, Inc., defaulted on loans that the Maritime Administration had guaranteed. The vessels are currently docked at Lamberts Point in Norfolk, Va.

Friday, January 27, 2012