Measuring International Trade on U.S. Highways

In 2003 Congress directed the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) to carry out a study: "(1) to measure the ton-miles and value-miles of international trade traffic carried by highway for each state; (2) to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of such measures for use in the formula for highway apportionments...; (3) to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of the use of diesel fuel data as a measure of international trade traffic by state; and (4) to identify needed improvements in long-term data collection programs...." The legislation also directed BTS to request that the Committee on National Statistics convene a panel to study and to explore additional data sources and methods for providing improved estimates for use in apportionment formulas. A key purpose of this work is to find appropriate formulas for allocating highway funds to states on the basis of international trade traffic. The specific goals of the study were to review the findings and recommendations of a BTS staff report prepared in response to Section 5115 of P.L. 105-178, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21 Century (TEA-21), and to explore additional data sources and methods for providing improved estimates for use in apportionment formulas. This is the final report of the panel.

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  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; References;
  • Pagination: 59p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01006525
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309095190
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 2005 11:47AM