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Pipeline Safety: Better Data and Guidance Needed to Improve Pipeline Operator Incident Response
GAO-13-168: Published: Jan 23, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2013.
The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has an opportunity to improve the ability of pipeline operators to respond to incidents by developing a performance-based approach for incident response times. The ability of transmission pipeline operators to respond to incidents--such as leaks and ruptures--is affected by numerous variables, s...
Highway Trust Fund Obligations, Fiscal Years 2009 to 2011
GAO-13-193R: Published: Jan 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2013.
During fiscal years 2009 through 2011, four administrations within DOT obligated about $144 billion from the HTF. FHWA obligated the largest share--about 81 percent--of this total, specifically:FHWA obligated $116.7 billion from the HTF. A majority--about 81 percent--was obligated to construct and maintain highways and bridges. The remainder was obligated for other purposes such as safety, debt se...
Highway Trust Fund: Pilot Program Could Help Determine the Viability of Mileage Fees for Certain Vehicles
GAO-13-77: Published: Dec 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 2013.
Mileage-based user fee initiatives in the United States and abroad show that such fees can lead to more equitable and efficient use of roadways by charging drivers based on their actual road use and by providing pricing incentives to reduce road use. Mileage fees for passenger vehicles, however, continue to face significant public concerns related to privacy as well as cost challenges. Privacy con...
Highway Safety: Selected Cases of Commercial Drivers with Potentially Disqualifying Impairments
GAO-13-13: Published: Nov 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2012.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), part of the Department of Transportation (DOT), has established a number of key controls designed to prevent commercial drivers license (CDL) holders from operating commercial vehicles while impaired. First, drivers are required to undergo regular medical exams by a certified medical examiner. Second, employers are responsible for drug...
Maritime Infrastructure: Opportunities Exist to Improve the Effectiveness of Federal Efforts to Support the Marine Transportation System
GAO-13-80: Published: Nov 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2012.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) use a variety of programs to maintain and improve Marine Transportation System (MTS) infrastructure. The Corps is the lead federal agency responsible for maintaining and improving navigable waterways. Corps data show that obligations for navigable waterways have decreased from over $3 billion in fiscal year 2009 to...
Fiscal Year 2012 Agreed-Upon Procedures: Excise Tax Distributions to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and the Highway Trust Fund
GAO-13-73R: Published: Nov 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2012.
As requested, this correspondence discusses our findings on whether the net excise tax revenue distributed to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) and the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, is supported by the underlying records. The Department of Transportation's Inspector General is responsible for the sufficiency of these agreed-upon procedures to meet t...
Surface Transportation: Financing Program Could Benefit from Increased Performance Focus and Better Communication
GAO-12-641: Published: Jun 21, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2012.
Projects that received credit assistance through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program, administered by the Department of Transportation (DOT), tend to be large, high-cost highway projects. As of April 2012, DOT has executed 27 TIFIA credit agreements for 26 projects with project sponsors such as state DOTs and transit agencies. Overall, DOT has provided near...
Highway Projects: Some Federal and State Practices to Expedite Completion Show Promise
GAO-12-593: Published: Jun 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2012.
The process to complete highway projects is complicated and lengthy due to multiple factors. Specifically, highway projects can involve many stakeholders, including agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the public. These stakeholders perform a number of tasksfor major highway projects, as many as 200 steps from planning to constructionbut their level...
Highway Projects: Survey of State Departments of Transportation (GAO-12-637SP, June 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-593
GAO-12-637SP: Published: Jun 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2012.
This is an E-supplement to GAO-12-593. This e-supplement presents the results of GAO's Web-based survey of state departments of transportation (DOTs) about their perspectives on the benefits and challenges of provisions meant to expedite highway projects established in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and practices the state DOTs...
Kachemak Bay Ferry: Federally Funded Ferry Was Constructed with Limited Oversight and Faces Future Operating Challenges
GAO-12-559: Published: Jun 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2012.
In examining the history of the Kachemak Bay ferry project, GAO found that the Seldovia Village Tribe’s federally funded ferry differs significantly from its original proposal. In 2002, the tribe proposed a vehicle and passenger ferry with year-round service between Homer, Alaska, on the north shore of Kachemak Bay and multiple southern ports, including the city of Seldovia. Federal funding was...