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Compiled by Mary Geary
Northwestern University Transportation Library

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Automotive News Market Data Book. Detroit, Michigan: Crain Communications, Inc. Annual.

Includes data on the automotive industry broken down by global, North American and United States: production, sales, U.S. registrations, prices, dealers, suppliers and directories of U.S. automakers and national auto associations.

Davis, Stacy C. Transportation Energy Data Book. Oak Ridge, Tennessee: Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 24th edition. Also available at: http://cta.ornl.gov/data/index.shtml; Accessed October 2007.

United States and international multimodal statistics including transportation energy characteristics relative to: highways, personal travel, alternative fuels and emissions.

International Road Federation. World Road Statistics 2005. Geneva; Washington. D.C.: International Road Federation.  Annual.

Reportage is for 1999-2003; however contributing nations are not uniformly covered.   Includes listings by continent, region and nation, addressing: road networks, production and export of motor vehicles, registrations and imports, vehicles in use, road traffic, multimodal traffic comparisons, motor fuels, road accidents, rates and tax assessments, tax receipts and road expenditures.  Figures are rounded off.

National Safety Council. Injury Facts, 2004 Edition. Itasca, Illinois: National Safety
Council.  Annual.

Includes information on U.S. traffic accidents, addressing: type of motor vehicle, type of accident, demographics, costs, state legislation, alcohol, occupant protection, hour & day-of-week incidence.

National Safety Council. International Accident Facts. Itasca, Illinois: National Safety
Council, CD.  Annual.

Includes statistics on death rates by motor vehicles, by age groups and per miles, for a limited number of countries.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic Safety Facts 2003. Washington, D.C.: Administration, annual, 2004 edition available at: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/ncsa/tsf1999.pdf; Accessed October 2007.

A comprehensive report on U.S. traffic safety, including types of vehicles, demographics, pedestrians, alcohol/drug usage, types of restraints, costs, times, locations.

United Nations. Statistics of Road Traffic Accidents in Europe and North America. New York, NY: United Nations Publications.  Annual.

Statistics for road traffic accidents involving personal injury are reported for the United States, Canada, Israel and selected European countries

United States. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Transportation Statistics Annual Report. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Transportation. Annual. Also available at: http://www.bts.gov/publications/transportation_statistics_annual_report/2005/; Accessed October 2007.

Exhaustive report of U.S. transportation data and statistics, covering all modalities and including: roadway  extent, condition, use, performance, economy.

United States Census Bureau. Statistical Abstract of the United States. Washington, D.C.:  Government Printing Office. Annual. Also available at: http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical-abstract.html; Accessed October 2007.

Originating in 1878, the modern format covers  a wide range of domestic, multimodal transportation, divided between land transport and air & water transport.  Land transport includes: urban and rural highway mileage, federal-aid highway systems, functional systems, regulatory bodies, motor carriers, fuel consumption, cost indices, freight  and the automotive industry.  Selected statistics available on foreign transportation systems.

United States. Department of Commerce. Price Trends for Federal-aid Highway Construction.  Quarterly serial. Also available at:       http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/programadmin/pricetrends.htm; Accessed October 2007.

Road construction costs for U.S. highways and highway structures, including bridges.

United States. Federal Highway Administration. Highway Statistics. Washington, D.C. U.S. Government Printing Office. Annual.  Also available at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/ohim/hs04/index.htm; Accessed October 2007.

Includes U.S. statistics on motor fuel; motor vehicles; driver licensing; highway finance; roadway extent, characteristics and performance; some basic statistics for selected foreign countries. 

United States. Federal Highway Administration. Highway Statistics Summary to 1995.  Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1997. Also available at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/summary95/; Accessed October 2007.

An historical compilation encompassing the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Territories, addressing:  motor fuel;  motor vehicles; driver licensing; highway finance; roadway extent, characteristics and performance and traffic fatalities.  Some of the tables extend as far back as 1900.

United States. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic Safety Facts: a Compilation of Motor Vehicle Crash Data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the General Estimates System. Washington, D.C.: National Highway Traffic Safety System. Annual. 2004 edition available at: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/TSFAnn/TSF2004.pdf; Accessed October 2007.

Statistics available on U.S. accident trends, types of crashes, vehicles involved, demographics; national listings, and by state.

Urban Mobility Report. College Station, TX: Texas Transportation Institute. Annual. Also available at: http://mobility.tamu.edu/ums/; Accessed October 2007.

City-by-City statistics on congestion and travel time, and traffic flow.

Ward's Automotive Yearbook. Southfield, Michigan: Ward's Communication. Annual.

Originated in 1938. International coverage of the automotive industry with emphasis on the U.S., including statistics on: the industry by continent and country, engines & drivetrains, electronics, dealers, vehicle production, retail sails, registrations, U.S. marketing data, vehicle specifications & factory installations.

Ward's Motor Vehicle Facts & Figures: documenting the performance and impact of the U.S. auto industry. Southfield, Michigan: Ward's Communications. Annual.

Includes statistics on U.S. production, factory sales, retail sails, registrations, automotive trade, materials, ownership, transportation expenditures, travel trends, automotive businesses, environment, regulations and traffic fatalities.  Includes some figures for Canada and Mexico.

Wilson, Rosalyn A. Transportation in America: Statistical Analysis of Transportation In the United States. Lansdowne, Virginia:  Eno Transportation Foundation, Inc., 2002, 18th edition. 76 pages.

Includes a snapshot of basic statistics on all modalities, including trends in new vehicle purchase/shipments, traffic fatalities and national economic trends in transportation.

Wilson, Rosalyn A. Transportation in America: Statistical Analysis of Transportation in the United States, Historical Compendium 1939-1995.  Lansdowne, Virginia:  Eno Transportation Foundation, Inc., 1997. 70 pages.

Historical, multimodal U.S. transportation statistics, including traffic accidents, passenger vehicles, trucks, fuel consumption, mileage and demographics.

The World Almanac and Book of Facts. New York: Newspaper Enterprise Association. Annual.

Originating in 1868, the modern format includes international, multimodal statistics on a wide variety of transportation matters.  Online versions are available through OCLC and Academic Universe, for subscribers.

World Motor Vehicle Data. Detroit, Michigan: Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association of the United States. Annual.

Listings by continent, region and by nation; includes statistics on vehicle production, exports, imports, registrations and sales. Time covered varies by topic; some statistics go back to late 1940s. Ceased publication in 1998.

Internet Resources

European Conference of Ministers of Transport. Short Term Trends Survey. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Available from:
http://www.oecd.org/cem/;  Accessed October 2007.

Statistics covering most European countries, including: roads, vehicles, mileage,
demographics, and fuel.

Fatal Accident Reporting System. National Highway Traffic Administration. Available from: http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/main.cfm; Accessed October 2007.

Exhaustive online statistical databases for information on U. S. traffic fatalities and injuries updated monthly with a final report being made each Memorial Day.

Highway Loss Data Institute. Collision and Theft Losses by Make and Model.  Available from http://www.iihs.org/brochures/ictl/pdf/ictl_0905_bw.pdf; Accessed October 2007

U.S. motor vehicle statistics covering injury, collision and theft, organized by type of vehicle.

Guerrero, Peter F. Comparison of States’ Highway Construction Costs. United States General Accounting Office. Available from: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04113r.pdf;  Accessed October 2007.

Includes cost to build a lane mile of a specified type of highway interchange in 25 states

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Facts. Available from: http://www.iihs.org/research/default.html; Accessed October 2007.

Includes statistics and data on:  pedestrians, airbags, alcohol/drugs, gender, roadside hazards, bicycles, large trucks, speed, bumpers, motorcycles, teenagers children, passenger vehicles, and state traffic safety laws; entries on fatalities  are both national and by state. The online version, in addition to all of the above, addresses:  aftermarket parts,  daytime running lights,  red light cameras, antilock brakes,  head restraints, safety belt use and  urban crashes.

Monash University. Comparison of International Road Fatality Rates. Available from:  http://www.monash.edu.au/muarc/reports/papers/fatals.html; Accessed October 2007.

Highway fatality rates compared, covering Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom and U.S.

Statistics Canada. Transportation Statistics. Available from: http://www.statcan.ca; Accessed October 2007.

Includes statistics on cargo, freight, modes of transportation, pipelines and warehousing.

Transport Canada. Transportation Modes: Roads. Available from http://www.tc.gc.ca/road/menu.htm: Accessed October 2007.

Canadian government statistics including road safety, information for drivers, child safety, motor carriers, infrastructure and transport of dangerous goods.

United States. Census Bureau. North American Transportation in Figures. Available from http://www.census.gov/econ/www/natf/natf.html; Accessed October 2007.

Comprehensive, multimodal transportation statistics for the United States, Canada and Mexico.

United States. Census Bureau. Transportation. Available from:http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/transpor.html; Accessed October 2007.

2002 Economic Census for Transportation statistics, including: North American Transportation in Figures; Commodity Flow Survey; Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey; transportation and warehousing series.

United States. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.  Journal of Transportation Statistics.  Available from:  http://www.bts.gov/jts/V3N1/vol3_n1_toc.html; Accessed October 2007.

Originating in 1998, a full text, online journal with statistics on various transportation topics, indexed. *Ceased publication in 2006.

United States. Federal Highway Administration. 2004 Status of the Nation's Surface Transportation: Conditions and Performance Report. Available from: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/2004cpr/index.htm; Accessed October 2007.

Includes statistics on personal mobility, system and use characteristics, road conditions , operational performance, safety and highway & bridge finance.

United States. Federal Highway Administration. National Bridge Inventory. Available from: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/britab.htm; Accessed October 2007.

Statistics on deficient bridges, by state and highway system.

United States. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Data, Analysis and Statistics. Available from; http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/facts-research/facts-figures/analysis-statistics/dashome.htm;  Accessed October 2007.

Includes Motor Carrier Safety Progress Report, Large Truck Crash Profile and , Fact Sheets.

United States. Office of Highway Policy Information. Travel Monitoring.  Available from:  http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/tvtw/tvtwpage.htm; Accessed October 2007.

Covers twenty-five different U.S.  reports, including commodity flow survey, truck inventory and use survey & traffic volume trends.