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National Transportation Library (NTL)

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National Transportation Library (NTL)

The National Transportation Library (NTL) is a repository of U.S. DOT transportation information, serves as a portal transportation data, and provides library services to U.S. DOT employees. NTL’s mission is to maintain and facilitate access to statistical and other information needed for transportation decision-making at the Federal, State, and local levels and to coordinate with public and private transportation libraries and information providers to improve information sharing among the transportation community. Established in 1998 by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), NTL’s authorized role was expanded in 2012’s Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). Specifically, MAP-21 mandates that NTL: a) Acquire, preserve and manage transportation information and information products and services for use by DOT, other Federal agencies, and the public; b) Provide reference and research services; c) Serve as a central repository for DOT research results and technical publications; d) Become a central clearinghouse for transportation data and information of the Federal Government; e) Serve as coordinator and policy lead for transportation information access; f) Coordinate among and cooperate with multiple external parties to develop a “comprehensive transportation information and knowledge network” to support the I-XI list [information required of BTS at 49 USC 6302((b)(3)(B)(vi)]; and g) Publicize, facilitate and promote access to information products and services. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration of US DOT, administers the National Transportation Library. This will be added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™.

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