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Transportation Statistics: United States


Bureau of Transportation Statistics

State Transportation Statistics
A series of reports from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.  These reports highlight "
major federal databases and other national sources related to each state's infrastructure, safety, freight movement and passenger travel, vehicles, economy and finance, and energy and the environment. Along with tables generated for each state, the reports describe databases and give information on access, formats, and contact points."

Michigan Department of Transportation
You must enter by broad topic to look for statistics as reports with statistical data are scattered throughout the site.  For example:

MI Travel Counts
"In 2004 and 2005, MDOT conducted the first MI Travel Counts study, a statewide travel survey of more than 14,000 households across the state of Michigan. In 2009, MDOT is conducting a second wave of MI Travel Counts to understand the changes in household travel that may have occurred since 2005."

Public Transit Program Data
Includes local transit facts, intercity bus route statistics, and other public transit statistical reports.

Traffic Crashes
Includes crash data by state and county.

Michigan State Police

Drunk Driving Audit

Traffic Crash Statistics
Includes crashes by county and holiday crash statistics.

Traffic Safety Research
Direct observation surveys of seat belt use, child restraints, motorcycle protective gear, etc.

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Michigan Traffic Crash Facts
This web site provides accident quick facts, historical information, special focus like running red lights and heavy trucks/buses, age, alcohol, deer, crash - circumstances common to all traffic units in a crash, vehicle/driver - characteristics specific to individual traffic units, and occupant/person - specific information on each driver and injured person in a crash.

U.S. Government Agencies

U.S. Department of Transportation

Federal Highway Administration

Index of Publications 
Look here for a list of most data and reports that are currently available online by subject and study title.

National Bridge Inventory

Highway Statistics Series
Consists of annual reports containing analyzed statistical data on motor fuel; motor vehicles; driver licensing; highway-user taxation; State and local government highway finance; highway mileage, and Federal aid for highways. This data is presented in tabular format as well as selected charts and has been published each year since 1945. 

National Household Travel Survey
Formerly the Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (NPTS), serves as the nation's inventory of personal travel. It is the only authoritative source of national data on personal travel behavior including purpose of the trip, means of transportation, trip length, day of week and month of the year, number of people on trip, and a host of other trip-making characteristics.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

National Center for Statistics and Analysis
Responsible for providing a wide range of analytical and statistical support to NHTSA and the highway safety community at large.  The reports and data cover topics including accident trends, crashes, vehicles, people, and states. The Traffic Safety Facts Annual Report gives good information and is a good starting point to see what information is available. Also available is data on Vehicle Safety Research.

Fatality Analysis Reporting System
A nationwide census providing NHTSA, Congress and the American public yearly data regarding fatal injuries suffered in motor vehicle traffic crashes.

Research and Innovative Technology Administration

Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Data is available by mode (aviation, maritime, highway, transit, rail, pipeline, bike/pedestrian, etc) and subject (safety, freight transport, passenger travel, infrastructure, economic/financial, social/demographic, energy, environment, and national security. Databases, graphs, and tables display the information.

U.S. Department of Energy

Energy Information Administration
Provides policy-neutral data, forecasts, and analyses to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

Petroleum Data

Transportation Energy Consumption Surveys
EIA conducts numerous energy-related surveys and other information programs. In general, the surveys can be divided into two broad groups: supply surveys, directed to the suppliers and marketers of specific energy sources, that measure the quantities of specific fuels produced for and/or supplied to the market; and consumption surveys, which gather information on the types of energy used by consumer groups along with the consumer characteristics that are associated with energy use.

Transportation Related Links

Center for Transportation Analysis
"The Center for Transportation Analysis (CTA) in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) develops integrated inter-modal transportation solutions through innovative and cost-effective research and development. CTA's activities encompass transportation energy and environmental concerns, safety and security challenges, planning and policy issues, systems engineering, military transportation, and transit visibility."

Transportation Energy Data Book
"This edition of the Data Book has 12 chapters which focus on various aspects of the transportation industry. Chapter 1 focuses on petroleum; Chapter 2 – energy; Chapter 3 – highway vehicles; Chapter 4 – light vehicles; Chapter 5 – heavy vehicles; Chapter 6 – alternative fuel vehicles; Chapter 7 – fleet vehicles; Chapter 8 – household vehicles; and Chapter 9– nonhighway modes; Chapter 10 – transportation and the economy; Chapter 11 – greenhouse gas emissions; and Chapter 12 – criteria pollutant emissions. The sources used represent the latest available data. There are also three appendices which include detailed source information for some tables, measures of conversion, and the definition of Census divisions and regions. A glossary of terms and a title index are also included for the readers convenience."

U.S. Census Bureau

Economic Census
Look here for financial statistics on the Transportation & Warehousing Industry (NAICS code 48-49).

Journey to Work and Place of Work
Commuter characteristics collected in the Population Census.

Census Transportation Planning Products
A set of special tabulations from decennial census demographic surveys designed for transportation planners.

Transportation Publications
"Transportation data range from the size of truck fleets to the cost of public warehousing. People use the data to analyze passenger and commodity traffic; calculate fuel consumption; and locate stores, improve highways, and the like where traffis is heaviest. People also use the data in determining investing in equipment and service facilities, and planning parking and shuttle connections."

Automotive Industry

Wards Automotive Yearbook
Trade statistics.  Print only (Business Library).

Automotive News
Trade publication, often publishes statistical tables and puts out a yearly market data issue.  Available in print or electronic format.

Automotive News Data Center
This resource provides data on the automotive industry including automotive and brands sales, production, prices, and used car data.
**Available only in the Business Library at the selected resources computers. Access is allowed for only one user at a time. See staff at the circulation desk who will log you in.**  Limited content available freely online.
The Hybrid Market Dashboard provides statistics on hybrid car sales by model.

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