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Federal Sites

Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics catalogs and maintains a wide range of transportation data, available for download or purchase. The BTS also supports the National Transportation Library (NTL), a rich collection of full-text documents available via the Internet and CD-Rom, and indexed in the powerful search engine DOTBOT.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
The homepage of the USDOT branch responsible for nation's highway system and intermodal connections. The FHWA maintains dozens of useful transportation sites, which can be searched using the FHWA's search engine.

FHWA Project Finance Page
This FHWA site provides significant coverage of innovative finance for surface transportation projects. It summarizes research on alternatives to conventional pay-as-you-go, grant-based funding strategies; provides links to FHWA Innovative Finance newsletters; and supplies technical guidelines for specific finance mechanisms.

FHWA Resource Center Finance and Technical Service Team
The Resource Center Finance Technical Service Team provides a complete range of services to financial officials at state, local, and Federal Highway Administration Division offices across the United States, covering 50 states and six territories. The mission of the Finance Team is to provide sound innovative financing and federal fund management alternatives that (i) rely on solid and prudent analysis in leveraging federal funds to meet capital requirements, (ii) are consistent with the State's needs and overall capital management strategy, (iii) foster effective and efficient stewardship of the Federal-aid program, (iv) employ a creative approach that results in real added value, (v) can successfully attract infrastructure investors through public-private-partnership contracts.

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
The Federal Railroad Administration oversees railroad transportation in the U.S. Under its purview are proposals for high speed rail and magnetic levitation systems, many of which are discussed as candidates for innovative finance.

Federal Register (FR)
The site of the Federal Register provides online access to and official daily publication of Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents. Its search engine narrows queries both by document type and date.

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
The FTA provides financial & planning assistance to help plan, build, & operate rail, bus & paratransit systems in communities nationwide. The agency also assists in the development of local & regional traffic reduction.

Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office
This site introduces the national Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office of the US DOT. The program promotes advanced technology to improve transportation efficiency and safety while stimulating the US technology base. The site's Electronic Document Library provides rich information on ITS and uses an online alphabetized catalog. Also supplied are state by state profiles of ITS expenditures, projects, and road transit and road applications toll collections.

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
This Department of Commerce sponsored website proves access to a broad repository of unclassified scientific, technical, engineering, and business information. The search engines works best with specific queries.

National Transportation Statistics
This Bureau of Transportation Statistics site provides detailed national-level data on the U.S. transportation system, its economic performance, safety record, energy use, and environmental impacts.

Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21)
This site provides the full text of TEA-21 authorizing legislation for the Federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety, and transit for 1998-2003. Also included are links to useful summaries and publications.

Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA)
The site contains useful information about TIFIA federal credit assistance for transportation projects of national importance, as well as an on-site credit risk calculator.

TRB Cooperative Research Programs
The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP), and Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program (HMCRP) are applied, contract research programs that develop near-term, practical solutions to problems facing transportation agencies. Both NCHRP and TCRP include annual projects addressing ongoing needs.

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)
The homepage of the USDOT, with links to its eleven individual operating administrations and helpful descriptions of each administration's roles and responsibilities. The powerful DOTBOT search engine references all USDOT websites.