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National Transit Database
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I live in San Diego, CA and I'm interested in the feasibility of a public transit route in our cities central business district. I was wondering if there is information available on calculating the operating costs of a transit system. Any information you can provide is extremely helpful.
Answer:
This data can be calculated from National Transit Database reports. You'll want to go to http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/data.htm and click on the link for "RY 2008 Data Tables - Complete Set (Self-extracting xls)". This will download the complete set of Data Tables for 2008 in Excel format - so you will want to create a separate folder to put them in . For this study, you will want to look at Table 27 - Service Ratios. Fixed-route bus systems are designated by the code "MB" under "Mode" on this table. The size of each system is listed under "VOMS", which is "Vehicles Operated in Maximum (or "Peak") Service. You can then compare the cost of service for all MB systems together, or just for smaller-sized MB systems, etc.
 
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2. Category:
National Transit Database
Question:
Can you tell me if Lake County, Florida is now in the same UZA as Orlando, Florida. I am new to this position and struggling to see where I can find this information. If you could point me to where I could see a map of the Orlando, Florida UZA, that would be even better. I know this is local in nature, but I couldn't find a place to ask it on the regional site Thanks.
Answer:
The Census has not yet released PDF files of the new UZA boundaries. We will let all NTD reporters know as soon as they have been released through a blast e-mail. The Census has released TIGER files of the UZA boundaries, however, which require GIS software to view: http://www.census.gov/geo/www/ua/2010urbanruralclass.html In answer to your specific question, the Census has designated Leesburg-Eustis-Tavares, FL as a separate UZA from the Orlando, FL UZA. Lady Lake-The Villages, FL is also a separate UZA. The Orlando UZA, however, may include small portions of Lake County outside of these two UZAs.
 
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3. Category:
National Transit Database
Question:
What are the specific NTD reporting requirements?
Answer:
The reporting requirements for the NTD are specified in the Reporting Manual available on the NTD homepage at http://www.ntdprogram.gov.
 
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National Transit Database
Question:
What data is included in the NTD?
Answer:
Any transit provider that receives or benefits from FTA’s Urbanized Area Formula Grant Program (Section 5307 Grants) is required to provide a full report to the NTD. In addition, many transit providers in urbanized areas choose to voluntarily provide full reports to the NTD in order to benefit their local urbanized area in the formula apportionment of Urbanized Area Formula Grants. The full NTD report consists of three components. The largest component is an Annual report of financial information (source of revenues and total expenditures), operating information (ridership, vehicle revenue miles, etc.), available resources (labor hours, fuel consumption, etc.), and capital asset information. The other two components are a monthly report of operating information and a monthly report of safety and security information. Additionally, any transit provider that receives or benefits from FTA’s Other Than Urbanized Area Formula Grant Program (Section 5311 Grants) has their information collected through the Rural NTD Module, if they do not already provide a full NTD report. Direct recipients of Section 5311 Tribal Transit Grants report directly to the NTD, while all other subrecipients of the Section 5311 Grant have the Rural NTD Report filed on their behalf by their State Department of Transportation.
 
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5. Category:
National Transit Database
Question:
Where can I get NTD data?
Answer:
FTA publishes data from the National Transit Database in a variety of formats and makes them available at: http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/data.htm For information on a specific transit agency, see the Transit Profiles on the right side of the data access page. For more systematic data on various transit agencies, see the data tables.
 
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6. Category:
National Transit Database
Question:
Hello, Have you released the 2008 data for the NTD annual databases? If not, when do you expect the 2008 NTD data to be available or do you have a release schedule? Thank you! Anita
Answer:
Data from the NTD 2008 Annual Module is scheduled to be released on September 30, 2009 at www.ntdprogram.gov.
 
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