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BTS Issues Reports on Ferry Operators, Intermodal Connections. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today issued two new special reports. Highlights of the 2008 National Census of Ferry Operators presents the biennial Ferry Census findings that 190 ferry operators across the nation provided service to an estimated 106 million passengers through nearly 500 terminals in 37 states and 3 U.S. territories, using a fleet of almost 700 active vessels. For the latest maritime-related BTS data products, please visit the BTS Maritime Program website. In Making Connections: Intermodal Links Available at 70 Percent of all Stations Served by Commuter Rail, BTS reports that commuter rail passengers are able to connect to other transportation modes at 812 of the 1,160 stations served by commuter trains in 34 metropolitan areas. The commuter rail connections are the latest to be added to BTS’ Intermodal Passenger Connectivity Database, which now includes 2,566 passenger transportation facilities (airports, intercity rail stations, ferry terminals, and commuter rail stations).

DOT Cautions Consumers on Super Bowl Air Travel Ticket Scams. 

Air travelers going to Super Bowl XLV this year should be aware that not all tour packages include a ticket to the Feb. 6 game in Arlington, Texas.  Under U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) consumer protection rules, any operator marketing a Super Bowl air package that is promoted as including game tickets must have the tickets in hand or have a written contract for the tickets before the operator does any advertising.  DOT cautions travelers that if a game ticket is not specifically mentioned in advertisements or other solicitation material or listed as a tour feature, the ticket is probably not included.  DOT’s rules state that if a tour was described as including a game ticket and you do not receive one, you are entitled to a full refund of the entire package price upon your return.  People may file complaints about Super Bowl tours that advertise tickets but do not provide them by contacting the Aviation Consumer Protection Division online at http://airconsumer.dot.gov, by voice-mail at (202) 366-2220 or by TTY at (202) 366-0511.

Friday, January 21, 2011