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In the United States, transit ridership has grown by more than 20 percent in the last decade, reaching its highest levels since 1957. To keep track of the industry and provide public information and statistics as it continues to grow, FTA’s National Transit Database (NTD) records the financial, operating and asset condition of transit systems.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics National Transit Map offers data from hundreds of transit agencies about their stops, routes, and schedules.

Transit Facts

  • Americans took 10 billion trips on public transportation in 2017. Of these, 5 billion trips were on bus, vanpool, and demand response services; 4.9 billion trips were on rail transit; and 78 million trips were on passenger ferry.
  • During the last 20 years, transit ridership has increased 26 percent.
  • FTA provides funding to support nearly 3,000 transit providers – from commuter systems in our largest cities to lifeline services for the elderly and people with disabilities in small towns and rural areas across the country.

Source: National Transit Database

National Transit Map Statistics

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On October 25, 2017, President Trump announced a new initiative that pairs unmanned aircraft operators with state, local, and tribal governments to safely expand cutting-edge unmanned aircraft operations. The program will shape a regulatory framework that balances the benefits of UAS technology while lessening the risks to public safety and security.

An unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot onboard – instead, the UAS is controlled from an operator on the ground.

When you fly a drone in the United States, it is your responsibility to understand and abide by the rules.

Whether you're a novice drone pilot or have many years of aviation experience, rules and safety tips exist to help you fly safely in the national airspace. Think of these tips as a pre-flight checklist to help you fly safely.

You must register your drone according to the rules you follow when you fly.

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The value of U.S.-North American freight has grown consistently in 2017 compared to 2016.  For the first eight months of 2017, the value of freight moved between the U.S. and Canada combined with the value of U.S.-Mexico freight is up 6.2 percent compared to 2016 with an increase in every month from a year earlier.

The growth has been driven by rising commodity prices, particularly the petroleum products that predominate in the freight moved by pipeline and vessel. Over these eight months, the growth by mode from 2016 was pipeline 44.2 percent, vessel 25.7 percent, rail 7.0 percent, air 5.6 percent, truck 1.7 percent.

American freight movement is dominated by truck shipments, which in the first eight months of 2017 carried 63.4 percent of the total freight value – 58.0 percent to and from Canada, 69.1 percent to and from Mexico. The top three commodities carried on trucks are computer related machinery, electrical machinery, and vehicles. The three commodities combined account for just under 50 percent of the value of all goods hauled by truck across the U.S.-Canadian and U.S.-Mexican borders.

These numbers and more details can be found on the North American TransBorder Freight Database of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS).

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The USDOT is delighted to announce the 2017 Road Safety Student Art Contest winners. Top honors go to 2nd grader Avni Choudepally of Morrisville, North Carolina, and 4th grader Lynn Sun of Livingston, New Jersey. 

The contest was open to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Previously known as the Be Ready, Be Buckled Safety Belt Art Contest, this year’s contest expanded from emphasizing the importance of seat belt use to educating passenger vehicle drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians about sharing the road with commercial motor vehicles and working together to reduce crashes.

The contest is organized by the Our Roads, Our Safety Partnership and the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, which includes FMCSA and more than 30 other government, safety, industry, and private organizations. These partnerships are essential to amplifying safety messages about buckling up and understanding the challenges and special considerations when traveling near or around buses and large trucks.

2017 Road Safety Art Contest Certificate

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Every holiday season, hundreds of lives are lost due to drunk drivers.  Nationally, over the past 5 years, an average of 300 people died in drunk driving crashes the week between Christmas and New Year.  Alcohol-impaired fatalities make up more than a quarter of all crash fatalities.  In 2016, 781 people lost their lives in drunk-driving-related crashes in the month of December alone.

Drunk driving is against the law in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. During the Holiday season, law enforcement agencies will increase patrols and drivers will begin seeing a set of ads depicting the consequences of driving drunk. 

The ads and law enforcement blitz is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety campaign.  The campaign runs December 13-31, 2017.        

Americans can reduce the toll of drunk driving this Holiday season, by never drinking and driving, planning a safe ride with a designating a sober driver, or by using NHTSA’s SaferRide app to call a taxi or a friend to be picked up. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play, and Apple devices on the iTunes store.

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