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U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics
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TranStats is a new website for transportation researchers and analysts, aimed at providing “one stop shopping” for transportation data. The premise is fairly simple: By reducing the time needed for data gathering, more time is available for analysis. And by providing easy linkages across many data sets, we can help achieve new insights. Ultimately, this should result in more timely and more informed decisions, and a better transportation system. Up to now, the process of compiling data to analyze a problem commonly has involved searching for data sources, contacting various data providers to get the data, often repeated contacts to get more information about the data, then sorting through the data and integrating data from various sources for analysis. This can be a very labor-intensive process, often taking months. TranStats is an e-government initiative aimed at streamlining this whole process.