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.
Los Angeles Department of Transportation Studies & Reports publishes a variety of studies and reports throughout the year. Some of the publications are produced on an annual basis, such as the Department’s annual report. Others are commissioned under special circumstances, as when LADOT is directed by the City Council to study a particular issue.
Southern California Association of Government (SCAG)'s Transportation resources provide information on the six-county region under it's jurisdiction: Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura and Imperial. Over the past four decades, the Southern California Association of Governments has evolved as the largest of nearly 700 councils of government in the United States, functioning as the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization encompassing a population over 18 million persons in an area of more than 38,000 square miles. It is mandated by the federal government to research and draw up plans for transportation, growth management, hazardous waste management, and air quality. Additional mandates exist at the state level.
The State Department of Finance research units are designated as the single official source of demographic data for state planning and budgeting and prepare economic forecasts and analyses of various economic developments, advises state departments and local government agencies, and provides economic information to the general public.
The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) is policy-neutral and an objective broker for the facts and covers all of transportation. It is cross-modal and performs independent data collection and analysis, but BTS also serves all the other modes to help them be more effective and efficient. BTS sets standards for transportation data and has special statutory protections (essentially the same as those for Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics) for the confidentiality of data it collects. The Bureau also has unique competencies in statistics, economics, information technology, geographic information systems, and transportation.
The BTS' Journal of Transportation Statistics (1998-2006), a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, has been discontinued due to budget constraints. However, full-text content is available online. The journal focused on measuring transportation activity and the performance of transportation system, advancing the science of acquiring, validating, managing, and disseminating transportation information, analyzing the interaction of transportation and the economy, and measuring how transportation affects the environment.
The U.S. Census Bureau Statistical Abstract - Transportation Section presents data on civil passenger and cargo air transportation, water transportation (including inland waterways, ocean-borne commerce, the merchant marine, cargo, and vessel tonnages). Statistics on passenger and freight traffic volumes, revenues, and employment in various transportation modes, including motor vehicles, trains, and pipelines. Data are also presented on highway mileage and finances, motor vehicle travel, accidents, and registrations, as well as the characteristics of public transit, railroads, and pipelines.
The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Safety Analysis was established for the purpose of making railroad safety information readily available to a broad constituency of research and planning organizations as well as the public. Visitors have access to railroad safety information including accidents and incidents, inspections and highway-rail crossing data.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration Highway Statistics Series consists of annual reports since 1945 containing analyzed statistical data on motor fuel, motor vehicles, drivers licensing, highway-user taxation, state and local government highway finance, highway mileage, and Federal aid for highways.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) is responsible for providing a wide range of analytical and statistical support to NHTSA and the highway safety community at large. They produce traffic safety fact sheets, FARS/GES Reports, Research Notes and Crash*Stats, Technical Reports, Annual Assessments, as well as documentation and manuals.
The U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) is an economic regulatory agency that Congress charged with the fundamental missions of resolving railroad rate and service disputes and reviewing proposed railroad mergers. The STB is decisionally independent, although it is administratively affiliated with the Department of Transportation.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Transportation Energy Data Book (28th ed. : 2009) provides United States and international multimodal statistics including transportation energy characteristics relative to: highways, personal travel, alternative fuels, and emissions.
The United Nations Statistics Division has developed a central repository of country profiles of statistical systems.
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