The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (US DOT’s) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has released its State Transportation by the Numbers Profiles 2014 – two-page collections of transportation statistics for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Highlights from US DOT’s Texas Transportation by the Numbers two-pager point to several efforts recently completed by researchers at TTI’s Transportation Policy Research Center (PRC). These include
- Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Fees
- Austin State Agency Congestion Footprint
- Texas Transportation Poll
- Oversize/Overweight Vehicle Research Priorities
Texas’ transportation network encompasses 30 major airports, 10,469 miles of freight railroad, and 11 border ports of entry. According to the BTS, Texas state and local government highway expenditures exceeded revenues by $4,812 million in 2011. The US DOT’s research found the following:
- 80.1 percent of Texas residents drive alone to work, higher than the national average.
- Texas ranks second in vehicle miles traveled and first in public road miles.
- The value of freight flow was $2.6 trillion in 2012; up 8 percent starting 2007 through 2012.
- Texas ranks second in the nation in freight shipments, valuing $1.6 million.
See Texas’ full profile here. State-by-state data can also be viewed in the United States Facts and Figures mapping application created by the US DOT’s BTS.