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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.

U.S. Department of Transportation Ranked Eighth Best Place to Work

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation was ranked as the eighth best place to work among large federal agencies in rankings released today by the Partnership for Public Service.  This ranking is up from ninth place in 2012 and marks a continued dramatic turnaround for the department that in 2009 ranked last in the survey among large federal agencies.

NHTSA seeks to improve highway safety, reduce traffic fatalities

"Significant and Seamless" initiative will accelerate new technologies to reduce key safety risks

Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that, while highway deaths over the past five years continue to remain at historic lows, the number of deaths on U.S. roads increased to 33,561 in 2012, up 3.3 percent from 2011.

To a Department where safety is always our number one priority, any increase in the number of traffic fatalities is cause for concern. 

That’s why NHTSA today announced a new effort that involves the agency and the automotive industry working together to aggressively accelerate technologies that would improve safety by targeting some of the most persistent causes of traffic fatalities.

Graphic of crash avoidance technology

Highway report shows where Americans rack up the miles

In 2011, people drove more than 84.7 billion miles on California interstate highways. That's more than 900 times the distance from Earth to the Sun, and it makes the Golden State's highways the nation's busiest. Overall, our nation's interstate highways saw vehicles traveling 2.95 trillion miles in 2011. That's nearly double the number of highway miles traveled in 1980.

You can find these data and more in the Federal Highway Administration's “U.S. Interstate Traffic Volume Analysis.” In addition to State totals, the report released last week also shows vehicle miles traveled on individual highways. America's busiest interstate? Not surprisingly, it's California's I-5, which saw drivers rack up 21.4 billion miles in 2011. In fact, the nation's next two busiest highway segments are also in California--the I-10 and I-110--and the Los Angeles section of I-405 leads the way among city highways.

Blue-washed photo of a busy California highway

NHTSA to host DataMod public listening session

Registration to speak on crash database upgrade project closes today

The National Automotive Sampling System is composed of two data systems using cases selected from a sample of police crash reports. NHTSA is currently undertaking a modernization effort to upgrade the NASS.

NHTSA has reached the next phase of the design  and will hold a public listening session July 18 to solicit information and comments on its Data Modernization project (DataMod).Pre-registration is required for in-person and webinar participation. Register here by July 11.

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