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Introduction

The National Transit Database (NTD) is a Federal reporting structure for transit agencies receiving Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding. It serves as a primary repository on all transit related data and statistics in the United States. The performance data from the NTD is used annually to allocate FTA funds to agencies as well as report on public transit performance to Congress and other interests. The NTD is legislated under Title 49 U.S.C. 5335(a).

Requirements

Agencies receiving Federal funding under FTA programs 5307 (Urbanized Area Formula) and 5311 (Rural Area Formula) must submit data to the NTD.

BRIEF REVIEW OF DATA CATEGORIES

Training

New administrators of public transit systems may be unfamiliar with collecting and managing data appropriately to meet the requirements of the NTD program. The National Transit Institute regularly offers introductory courses on NTD reporting. The training is provided free for employees of public transit agencies receiving Federal funds. The course is available for a fee for transit consultants and others wishing to become familiar with public transit related topics.