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Planning Data

Data for transportation planning is broad and vast area as well as the resources behind it. Are you looking for supply data in the terms of the number of traffic signals or for something from the demand side like the vehicle miles traveled for the neighborhood you live in? If you are, odds are that the RC can help you find your way to what you want. The RC Planning Team encourages you to contact them with your particular data question. For additional information on this subject, contact Ed Christopher ed.christopher@fhwa.dot.gov.

Some Useful Planning Data Links

Census Transportation Planning Products
http://www.dot.gov/ctpp/

Census Transportation Planning Products
http://trbcensus.com/

National Household Travel Survey
http://nhts.ornl.gov/

Longitudinal Employment Household Dynamics Data
http://lehd.did.census.gov/led/

Energy Data Fact Book
http://cta.ornl.gov/data/download26.shtml

VMT, Network and Other Supply Data
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/quickfinddata/qftravel.cfm

FHWA HEPGIS Executive Data System
http://hepgis.fhwa.dot.gov/hepgis_v2/GeneralInfo/Map.aspx

Travel Model Improvement System
http://tmip.fhwa.dot.gov/

Compendium of Data Collection Practices and Sources
http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=6341

Freight Data
Freight transportation contributes to economic growth, affects state and local transportation networks, adds to highway congestion, and poses safety concerns and environmental challenges. Thus, state and local transportation planners and decisionmakers need timely and reliable freight data to analyze the relationship between freight demand and economic activities, identify and locate needed infrastructure and operational improvements, and meet the needs of their communities.
Freight data are available from many public and private sources and vary by collection method, timeframe, format, and quality. Although no one source can provide a comprehensive picture of freight transportation, the following list of major sources of publicly available freight data can provide valuable insights on volume and value of freight movements, freight infrastructure, freight vehicles, and the economy.

The following list contains those freight data sources that reveal useful information on the volume (and value) of transported goods commonly used for freight planning and forecasting applications. Please contact Eric Pihl (eric.pihl@fhwa.dot.gov) if you have any questions.

Some Useful Freight Data Links

Freight Analysis Framework (FAF)
http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/freight_analysis/faf

Commodity Flow Survey (CFS)
http://www.census.gov/econ/www/cfsnew.html

Transborder Surface Freight Data
http://www.bts.gov/transborder

U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings
http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/border_crossing_entry_data

Carload Rail Waybill Sample
http://www.stb.dot.gov

Waterborne Commerce
http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/ndc

Oil Pipeline
http://www.eia.doe.gov/neic/a-z/petroleuma-z.htm#p

Air Traffic Statistics
http://www.bts.gov/programs/airline_information

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