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USDOT signs pact to share transportation stats with neighboring nations, provides funds for Amtrak station project


On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced it signed an agreement with its counterparts in Canada and Mexico and other federal agencies to expand the joint development and maintenance of a comprehensive set of comparative transportation statistics for all transportation modes in North America.

The three nations plan to increase the collection and sharing of commonly understood and comparable transportation data and statistics to improve cross-border integrated transportation planning and operations.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by representatives from the USDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Federal Railroad Administration and Maritime Administration, as well as the U.S. Census Bureau, Transport Canada, Statistics Canada, Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transport, the Mexican Institute of Transportation, and National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico.

The USDOT also announced that it awarded $1.8 million to the town of Waterloo, Ind., to complete a six-year improvement project at an Amtrak station.

The improvements are necessary to make the station’s facilities compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the USDOT. The project includes new platforms, pathways, parking, lighting and signage improvements.

Amtrak will provide more than $4.4 million for the project. The station is served by Amtrak’s Capitol Limited, which operates between Chicago and Washington, D.C., and Lake Shore Limited, which operates between Chicago, New York City and Boston.

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