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An Approach To Transportation Research
Transportation research can be especially challenging.  The nation’s network of transportation libraries and librarians is quite small compared to those available to the medical and agricultural industries, even though the impact of transportation on the economy is much larger than either one of them.  While medicine and agriculture benefit from large well-funded national libraries, transportation has to rely on its independent network of information professionals, and a small and relatively new National Transportation Library that contains digital documents only.
Archives
Our Archives is a repository of local transportation history. The collection contains over 20,000 photographs, as well as films, audio tapes, video tapes, and various ephemera, books, journals, and artifacts documenting the role of public transportation in Los Angeles and Southern California back to 1873.  These resources include all of the predecessor public transportation providers and agencies that operated in the Greater Los Angeles area.  We continuously seek donations of significant historic items to preserve and enhance understanding of the role public transportation has played in defining Los Angeles and Southern California.
TLCat: Transportation Libraries Union Catalog
In 2004, the National Transportation Library launched TLCat:  a joint effort of NTL, the Midwest Transportation Knowledge Network (MTKN), and the OCLC international bibliographic utility to provide meta-search capability across the resources of the nation's largest transportation libraries.  Advanced search features include the option of limiting by format, date range, language, and other parameters.
Transportation Dictionaries
A successful search for information starts with using the right terms.  Whether you are looking in a library catalog, a reports database, or a glossary of related terms, transportation research is particularly challenging for a number of reasons.  It consists of many technical concepts that include (but are certainly not limited to) aspects of engineering, finance, law, chemistry, physics, geology, planning, and other disciplines.  It is also interdisciplinary, adding complexity to the challenge of searching for and finding appropriate information.
Transportation Research Tools
An Approach To Transportation Research TRIS: Transportation Research Information Service TLCat: Transportation Libraries Union Catalog Bibliographies of Selected Transportation Topics Metro Library Catalog
Transportation Statistics
Metro Statistics Metro's Facts At A Glance reveals information about bus and rail ridership, car pool lanes, bicycle paths, the current fiscal year budget, and more.
TRIS
The Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database is the world's largest and most comprehensive bibliographic resource for transportation research information. 
Environmental Impact Reports/Statements Core Collection
Core collection of EIRs and EISs from the Metro Library collection.
Library Catalog
Metro Library Subscriptions List
Many journals and magazines provide varying amounts of content online, from none without a paid subscription, to complete coverage of the current issue and limited access to back issues.  Some are web-only publications.  This list notes our current serials subscriptions, arranged by subject
Reference Shelf
Financial information Metro Annual Budgets Metro Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR) Environmental Information The Federal Repository of Environmental Impact Statements at Northwestern University is the largest collection of EISs in the world, dating back to the onset of the environmental impact assessment program.  EISs are available via interlibrary loan.
Current Bibliographies for Selected Transportation Topics
Whether you need answers fast or you are not familiar with a subject or its terminology, a timely and effective quest for knowledge can be challenging.  We've taken the guesswork out of the search for information on current topics of interest.
Congestion Pricing Bibliography
Resources on congestion pricing include bibliographies, websites, reports, studies, newsletters, conference proceedings, articles, papers, testimony, videos and more.
Positive Train Control Bibliography
Resources on positive train control, automatic train protection and automatic train stop include: bibliographies, websites, articles, press releases, reports, studies, conference proceedings, testimony, legislation, video, accident investigation reports, and more.
Terrorism And Transit Safety & Security Bibliography
Resources on terrorism and transit safety & security include websites, articles, bibliographies, reports, studies, testimony, security sensitive information (SSI) policy issues, videos and more.


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