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About KTDB

Establishment of a ComprehensiveTransportation Information Infrastructure

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We live in a high-tech digital era where the temporal limit or spatial barrier becomes meaningless. Now, transportation is developing as the final means to couple ideas with cultures and to maximize the allowable amount of goods and services.

The Korea Transport Database Center is realizing a novel and rapidly-changing future for Korea's transportation through the national transport database construction project on a more rapid, safer, more convenient, and more eco-friendly basis.

Today, the transportation system is an essential element in the lives of our country's citizens as well as a source of national competitiveness.

Against this backdrop, traffic volume has been increasing daily, which requires the establishment of a more comprehensive transport plan, expanding the already efficient infrastructure, and operating advanced systems. However, the lack of a national standard and an integrated transport database has caused inaccuracy of basic data, poor reliability, and an overlap of data for each project, wasting countless amounts of time and money.

Most of all, the data that will be the bases for transport planning should be accurate and collected on a comprehensive basis, and systematically constructed through various analysis.

For these purposes, the Ministry of Construction and Transportation enacted the National Transportation System Efficiency Act in 1999 that required the KTDB Center to conduct the nationwide transport survey for all fields including road, railroad, port, and airport every five years and to integrate and manage the data into a database on a national basis, which, as an institutional tool, was expected to contribute to budget reductions and the reliability improvement of basic data.

That brought about the foundation of the Korea Transport Database Center as well as the construction of the systematic transport database.

In terms of the national transport survey, America, one of the more advanced countries, enacted laws such as ISTEA back in 1991, TEA21 in 1998, and SAFET in 2004, based on which the Transport Statistics Administration was organized in the Division of Transportation under the U.S. Department of Transportation with an allocated budget to collect traffic information and construct a database.

Large-scale surveys on a federal basis include the nationwide passenger trip survey and the America travel survey both of which have been conducted since 1969, and the interregional circulation volume survey has been conducted every five years; the data resulting from which have been converged into a database and is used for policy establishment and research.