DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION METRICATION ACTIVITIES
The response to the national trend toward metrication and the various activities this involves are reviewed with emphasis on changes already occurring in those areas of transportation for which the Department of Transportation (DOT) has statutory authority. DOT has direct responsibility for most if not all areas included in the definition of the physical distribution factor other than that of economic regulation. In the Office of the Secretary, authority for metrication has been divided between the Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, and the Assistant for Systems Development and Organization. The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation of the DOT and the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority of Canada have agreed to a schedule for conversion of all operational activities. The Corporation plans to convert to metric as the need arises in various areas to be compatible with the Canadian plans. The Federal Highway Administration's efforts in this sphere include the appointment of a coordinating task force; establishment of a policy requiring dual measurements; publication of a booklet - The International System of Units: Conversion Factors and Table Equivalents; and fostering planning and research. The Federal Aviation Administration is assessing the impact of conversion on U.S. air transportation. Comments are also made regarding activity in the Federal Railroad Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Coast Guard.
- Thirteenth Annual Conference, October 13-15, 1975, Chicago, Illinois.
National Council of Physical Distr Managemt, Inc222 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL United States 60606
- Paullin, R L
- Publication Date: 1975-10
- Pagination: p. 237-250
- TRT Terms: Air transportation; Coordination; Documents; Metric system; Physical distribution; Planning; Public transit; Railroad transportation; Research; Traffic safety; Water transportation
- Uncontrolled Terms: Publications
- Subject Areas: Aviation; Data and Information Technology; Freight Transportation; Highways; Marine Transportation; Planning and Forecasting; Public Transportation; Railroads; Research;
- Accession Number: 00134034
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jun 23 1976 12:00AM