National Transit Database Revision - Phase 3

The FT A has significant interest in revising, improving and maintaining the congressionally mandated and Internet-based National Transit Database (NTD) (49 U.S.C. § 535(a)(I)(2)]. It is the FTA official and national database of statistics for the transit industry, and the only comprehensive source of domestic transit data, including safety and performance data. Each year approximately 600 transit operators report to FT A on transit activities in more than 400 urbanized area. NTD data are reported to Congress, used for transit services planning, to apportion billions of dollars in Urbanized Area Formula funds back to reporting transit agencies, and to provide benchmarks for FTA Strategic Plan. The FY 2001 project activities are designed to better serve NTD stakeholders by providing training for the 600 transit agencies that collect and report public mass transportation financial and operating data to the NTD reporting system. This project also provides for new software development to help process the data reported via the Internet, as well as for software to run the urbanized area apportionment formula. This is the third and final phase of the project. Major upgrades to the NTD software system and components will be tested and implemented, as well as the newly revised NTD web-based reporting modules. NTD improvements are based on stakeholders' concerns, namely those raised by the National Transportation Safety board. This is a congressionally directed project.