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Assessment of the Department of Transportation's Systems Safety Plan
RCED-83-32: Published: Dec 21, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on its assessment of the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Systems Safety Plan as a management document, the extent to which it is supported by studies or other documentation, and the legality of the enforcement philosophy discussed in the plan.GAO found that the plan describes goals for improved railroad safety and the general approach which...
UMTA Needs To Ensure That Adequate Testing and Evaluation Is Done on Future Mass Transit Rail Vehicles
MASAD-82-25: Published: Mar 22, 1982. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1982.
The Department of Transportation Test Center is a facility operated and administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) which conducts research and development testing for the railroads. FRA is planning to vacate the test center raising concerns whether a sufficient testing facility will be available in the future to do essential tests on mass transit vehicles to ensure that performance...
Federal Assistance To Rehabilitate Railroads Should Be Reassessed
CED-80-90: Published: Jun 27, 1980. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1980.
GAO undertook an appraisal of how the Department of Transportation has administered Federal assistance to railroads under the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976. When Congress passed the Act authorizing $1.6 billion for two programs to help the Nation's railroads overcome deferred maintenance, it expected the funds to be used up quickly. But 4 years later, much of the progra...
Grain Subterminal Facilities
CED-80-104: Published: Jun 5, 1980. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1980.
Subterminal facilities are used for the transient storage of bulk agricultural commodities located near the area of production which can accomodate unit trains or multiple care shipments. The development of subterminal grain elevator facilities has been sporadic throughout the grain-producing States and varies by State, crop, and the availability of alternative means of transportation. GAO respond...
Procedures for Evaluating Research and Development Contracts in the Department of Transportation
PSAD-78-110: Published: May 24, 1978. Publicly Released: May 24, 1978.
A March 1977 report concluded that the Federal Railroad Administration, the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not have formal procedures for evaluating the usefulness of contracted research and development end products. A followup review was conducted at the Department of Transportation to determine if any changes have been made t...
Improved Controls Needed Over Federal Financial Assistance to Railroads
CED-76-161: Published: Nov 15, 1976. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1976.
Before 1976, direct federal assistance to the nation's railroads was essentially in response to specific crises, but enactment of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act changed the situation. The $1.6 billion in aid will be administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the United States Railway Association.The governing agencies d...