A packet format for accurately transporting signaling information in a packet network is described. The packet format comprises a burst count, a sequence number, a burst time, and a signaling status bit. The burst count is for indicating a burst to which the packet belongs. The sequence number is for identifying a first packet of the burst. The burst time is for selectably indicating (1) a time delay from onset to a packet node bus for the first packet of the burst and (2) a time interval between successive signaling bit transitions.