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News Digest DOT 04-14

BTS’ National Transportation Statistics Updated - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), today updated National Transportation Statistics (NTS) – a web-only reference guide to national-level transportation data. NTS, updated quarterly, includes a wide range of national transportation information. NTS consists of more than 260 tables of national data on the transportation system, safety, the economy and energy and the environment, of which 37 were updated today. The next quarterly update is scheduled for April. NTS  can be viewed on the BTS website.  Contact: Dave Smallen (202) 366-5568.

BTS Releases Pocket Guide to Transportation 2014 - The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), has published the Pocket Guide to Transportation 2014 – a quick reference guide to significant transportation statistics. The 17th annual Pocket Guide covers data on moving people and goods, system use and performance, the economy, safety, infrastructure, and the environment. To order a copy of the Pocket Guide to Transportation 2014, 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. For inquiries other than placing orders contact Dave Smallen: 202-366-5568.

FMCSA Announces One-Year Extension of Paper Medical Certificate Requirement for Commercial Bus and Truck Drivers.  The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it is extending by one year, until Jan. 30, 2015, a requirement that interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders retain paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate and continue to make the document available for review upon request at the roadside by federal and state commercial motor vehicle inspectors.  In Dec. 2008, FMCSA issued a Final Rule modernizing, streamlining, and simplifying recordkeeping obligations for drivers, carriers and state governments by requiring that a driver’s medical certification record be merged with state-issued CDLs.  States received support from FMCSA to implement the necessary IT system upgrades and merge the records into one, online database – the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS).  FMCSA announced the one-year extension today to protect commercial drivers from being cited for violations because some states are not yet in full compliance with new system.  For a copy of the Federal Register announcement, see: www.FMCSA.DOT.gov.  Contact:  Marissa Padilla:  (202) 366-9999.

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Friday, January 10, 2014