Federal agency web sites and information resources on transportation, including TRIS, an online searchable transportation database.
- Government Agencies
- Other Information Organizations
- Historic Transportation
- "The mission of the DOT is to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future."
- "BTS compiles, analyzes, and makes accessible information on the Nation's transportation systems; collects information on intermodal transportation and other areas as needed; and works to enhance the quality and effectiveness of government statistics." BTS maintains the Intermodal Transportation Database (ITDB) as a central access point for a broad collection of transportation data collected by government agencies.
- BTS also offers the Pocket Guide to Transportation, 2009, which offers statistics on the extent of transportation system use, its safety, security, mobility,
economy, and the environment.
- The NTL is administered by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. It contains documents and databases provided from throughout the transportation community.
- "The FAA is responsible for the safety and certification of aircraft and pilots, for the security of our airports, and for the around-the-clock operation of our nation's air traffic control system."
A number of reports stem from this page, including those below, dealing with subcommittee hearings on aviation-related matters. The reports are in PDF format:
- Runway Safety Report
- Aviation and the Environment
- Aviation Security: Vulnerabilities Still Exist in the Aviation Security System
Civil Air Patrol: proposed agreements with the Air Force are intended to address identified problems
- "The FHWA provides technical expertise to its partners and customers in areas such as: roadway and bridge design, construction, and maintenance; value engineering and other project and program evaluation tools; policy and planning; highway safety; intelligent transportation systems; environmental protection and enhancement; innovative financing; land acquisition; research, development, and technology transfer."
- "The Federal Railroad Administration promotes safe, environmentally sound, successful railroad transportation."
- The FTA "provides financial and technical assistance to the local transit systems", such as Washington DC's Metro system.
- NHTSA investigates safety defects in motor vehicles, sets and enforces fuel economy standards, helps states and local communities reduce the threat of drunk drivers, promotes the use of safety belts, child safety seats and air bags, investigates odometer fraud, establishes and enforces vehicle anti-theft regulations and provides consumer information on motor vehicle safety topics.
- The OAI mission is to provide the U.S. government, DOT, and other users with uniform and comprehensive financial and market/traffic statistical economic data on individual air carrier (airline) operations and the air transportation industry.
- The Office of Highway Policy Information (OHPI) collects, analyzes and distributes highway related data from federal, state and local sources. Selected documents and periodicals are available here for your review.
- The Office of Highway Safety is part of the Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation. The OHS focuses on high risk areas and provides technical assistance and training to States and local governments, and public safety information to the driving public.
- Critical Issues in Transportation, 2009
Published by the Transportation Research Board (TRB).
- TRIS Online: Transportation Research Information Services
Produced and maintained by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) at the National Academies of Sciences, "the TRIS Database is the world's largest and most comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation information." Contains more than 400,000 records of published transportation research.
- Journal of Transportation and Statistics
The Journal of Transportation and Statistics (JTS) is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The journal serves the transportation community by increasing the understanding of the role of transportation in society, its function in the economy, and its interactions with the environment.
- Transportation Environmental Research Program
The goal of the Transportation Environmental Research Program (TERP) is to fund research in transportation and environmental issues at universities and colleges. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) hopes that by committing to TERP, the research will provide insight on the difficult policy decisions that FHWA will undertake in the future.
- Aviation History
The ALIC Reference at Your Desk page on military aviation history.
- American Aviation: The Early Years
From the magazine CRM published by the National Park Service, this issue concentrates on the early years of American aviation.
- Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators
Designed to complement an exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, this site provides educators and researchers with resources that will enhance their study of American history and, in particular, the history of African American pioneer aviators.
- College Park (Maryland) Aviation Museum
Established in 1909 when Orville and Wilbur Wright set out to teach the first two Army officers to fly, it became the site of the first Army Aviation School in 1911. The Museum houses a collection of aircraft and artifacts documenting the many historical events for which the [College Park] airport is also known as the "Field of Firsts" and "Cradle of Aviation."
- Library of Congress American Memory Collection: Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers
This online presentation includes approximately 49,084 digital images documenting the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wright, highlighting their pioneering work in flight. The collection includes correspondence, diaries and notebooks, scrapbooks, drawings, printed matter, and glass-plate photographic negatives.
- The Wright Brothers in Photographs
This collection of digital images from Wright State University Libraries' Wright Brothers collection provides thorough coverage of the Wrights early inventive period documenting their experimental gliders and flight testing in both North Carolina and Ohio.
- Guide to Railroad Records at the National Archives
NARA's Reference Information Paper No. 91, by David Pfeiffer, is a comprehensive survey of railroad-related material. The publication is accessible on the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society web site.
- Riding the Rails Up Paper Mountain: Researching Railroad Records in the National Archives
By David Pfeiffer, from the National Archives publication, Prologue, Spring 1997, vol. 29, no. 1. In three parts, this article discusses how to use the records at NARA to do research on historic railroads. The essays cover a wide range of topics, from patent application files to accident report reviews.
- Historic Railroads: A Living Legacy. CRM, Volume 22, Number 10, 1999.
From the magazine CRM published by the National Park Service, this issue focuses on historic railroads and their enormous contribution to American history. "As this special issue demonstrates, railroads are a thread woven throughout the fabric of American life, and their legacy - be it trains which are still operated, long-abandoned tracks, archaeological remains, works of art and architecture, or simply the stories of those who remember the ways they changed their lives - lives on all around us."
- Library of Congress American Memory Collection: Travels in America 1750-1920
This site comprises 253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920. The narratives range from the unjustly neglected to the justly famous, and from classics of the genre to undiscovered gems.
- Manuscript Sources for Railroad History
This site, maintained by Virginia Tech University libraries, is based on the records of the Norfolk and Western Railway, the Southern Railway, and the predecessors of these lines.
- Railroads & the American West. Journal of the West, Volume 39, Number 2, Spring 2000.
(Available in the library.) This issue also focuses on historic railroads and their impact on the American West. Articles include "The influence of railroads in the American West", "Financing the western railroads", "Pioneer rails across the Pacific Northwest", and more.
- Railroad History Collections
This University of Connecticut site features the largest single compilation of the New York, New Haven, and Hartford records, as well as several related collections.
- Railroad Surveys
This web site looks at the explorers and explorations that made possible the completion of the nation's transcontinental railroad in 1869.
- The Web site for the railway industry
This is a professional information site, including up-to-the-minute technology updates, an A-Z of railway terms, conferences and information, and present-day projects involving rail.
- Basic Search Path for
Records Relating to Lighthouses
This NARA site provides a basic guide for researching lighthouses.
- "Congress Could Do Nothing Better": Promoting Steamboat Safety in Antebellum America
Written by Peter Maust for Prologue, the National Archives publication, Summer 2000, Vol. 32, No. 2. This article is currently available in the ALIC libraries.
- Vessel Documents
This NARA site contains information regarding vessel documents: laws, descriptions, and finding aids.
- Panama Canal Treaty of 1977
Information on the 1977 Panama Canal treaties and the 1999 transfer of the canal from American to Panamanian control.
- Erie Canal
The Erie Canal was the most famous and successful of America's early towpath canals. The Erie Canal crossed the Appalachian Mountains and linked Lake Erie with the Hudson River, as well as being a part of the canal system which bound together the Hudson River with Lake Champlain and the Canadian canals that flowed to the St. Lawrence River.
- Great Lakes Vessel Enrollments Data Base
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society, this site lists vessel enrollments from 1815 to 1915.
- Guide to Canal Records in the New York State Archives
Subject guide for the records of the New York Canal System.
- History of the Barge Canal of New York State
Supplement to the Annual Report of the State Engineer and Surveyor for the Year Ended June 30 1921. Transcribed from the original text and html prepared by Bill Carr.
- Index to Ships Mentioned in Maritime History Books
This page has collected references to the names of ships from indexes of various books, including the page numbers on which the ship is mentioned, full bibliographic information on the book, and a short-title description of the book.
- National Canal Museum
The National Canal Museum commemorates the canals which contributed to the American Industrial Revolution. Of special interest at this site are the Canals and Canal Links which link to most of the historic canals in the United States, and some in the UK.
The Web site for the ship-building industry
Another professional information site, with mirror information regarding ships, ship-building, equipment catalogue, international projects, etc.