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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 traffic is heaviest. People also use the data in determining investing in equipment and service facilities, and planning parking and shuttle connections.
The Highway Statistics Series consists of annual reports containing analyzed statistical information on motor fuel, motor vehicle registrations, driver licenses, highway user taxation, highway mileage, travel, and highway finance. This information is presented in tables as well as selected charts. It has been published annually since 1945.
National Transportation Statistics presents statistics on the U.S. transportation system, including its physical components, safety record, economic performance, the human and natural environment, and national security. This is a large online document comprising more than 260 data tables plus data source and accuracy statements, glossary and a list of acronyms and initialisms. This Internet edition of the National Transportation Statistics is updated quarterly.
The major purposes of the Data Book are to draw together, under one cover, transportation data from diverse sources, to resolve data conflicts and inconsistencies, and to produce a comprehensive document.
The Transportation Statistics Annual Report (TSAR), a congressionally mandated report, presents key transportation indicators along with data and information about the performance and impacts of the U.S. transportation system. In addition, it focuses on closing data gaps and improving the ways in which transportation statistics are collected, compiled, analyzed, and published.
The Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey (VIUS) provides data on the physical and operational characteristics of the Nation's truck population. This survey is conducted every 5 years as part of the economic census.
Many thanks to Dana Jackson-Hardwick of the University of Central Oklahoma for compiling all of these statistical resources.