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Peter J. Foote
Market Research/Resource Planning
Chicago Transit Authority
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----- Original Message -----
From: "TRANSTATS" <TRANSTATS(a)inet.bts.gov>
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2002 4:46 PM
Subject: Bureau of Transportation Statistics--TranStats User Testing
We'd like your help in testing a new website--TranStats, the intermodal
TranStats is a new website (http://www.bts.gov/transtats
) for transportation
researchers and analysts aimed at providing "one-stop shopping" for
transportation data. The premise is fairly simple: By reducing the time
needed to gather data, more time is made available for analysis. And easy
linkages across many data sets can provide new insights. Ultimately, this
should result in more timely and more informed decisions, and a better
Until now, the process of compiling data to analyze a transportation problem
commonly involved searching for data sources, contacting various data
providers to get the data--often many times, sorting through the data, and
integrating data from various sources for analysis. This is a very
labor-intensive process, often taking months. TranStats is an e-government
initiative aimed at streamlining this process.
TranStats offers analysts several unique features:
· A searchable index of over 100 transportation-related databases across
every mode of transportation, along with many social, economic and
demographic data sets commonly used in transportation analysis.
· Selective download--the ability to choose variables of interest and
download the data directly to your PC for analysis using any database,
spreadsheet, or statistical package.
· Online data documentation--summary information about each database, data
definitions, and code information for data variables.
· Interactive analytical tools--the ability to perform simple statistical
summaries, create time series or cross tabulations, generate graphics
online, and cut/paste results into reports.
· Interactive mapping to help visualize geographic data.
· A mapping center with the full National Transportation Atlas Database, as
well as applications for easily mapping several other key data sets.
Users can explore data by transportation mode, agency or by subject area,
use keyword searches to find relevant datasets, and get online help. And
because all the data in TranStats are indexed with a transportation
thesaurus, links to other transportation research information and data are
easy through the National Transportation Library.
The website is at http://www.bts.gov/transtats
. Check out "Getting Started"
on the TranStats homepage.
Your comments and feedback will help us ensure high standards of quality and
usability before we release TranStats to the public. For example, we want to
know if the site is user friendly. Are databases easy to access? Are
database descriptions adequate? Are the analytical tools useful? Is the site
easy to navigate? Is the design intuitive?
Please explore TranStats and send us your comments and feedback through
e-mail (answers(a)bts.gov) or call us toll-free (1-800-853-1351). If you have
trouble starting up and need help, please send us an e-mail at the same
address or call the same toll-free number--our information service
specialists will be there to answer your questions. The user testing will
continue through COB Friday, August 30th, 2002.
Please feel free to spread this message to other users who might be
interested. We'll appreciate your help in making this a success.
Ashish K. Sen
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
U.S. Department of Transportation