National Transportation Library Law and Legal Definition

The National Transportation Library (NTL) is a component of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The NTL aims to maintain and facilitate access to statistical information needed for transportation decision making at the federal, state, and local level. It was established in 1998 pursuant to the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). In 2008, a new NTL was created through a merger with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Library.

Additionally, the NTL coordinates with public and private transportation libraries and information providers to improve information sharing among the transportation community. The NTL serves the DOT

The following is an example of a federal statute on the NTL:

49 USCS § 111(f) National Transportation Library.

(1) In general. The Director shall establish and maintain a National Transportation Library, which shall contain a collection of statistical and other information needed for transportation decisionmaking at the Federal, State, and local levels.

(2) Access. The Director shall facilitate and promote access to the Library, with the goal of improving the ability of the transportation community to share information and the ability of the Director to make statistics readily accessible under subsection (c)(9).

(3) Coordination. The Director shall work with other transportation libraries and transportation information providers, both public and private, to achieve the goal specified in paragraph (2).