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Applying DOT Rail Policy to Washington, D.C.'s Metrorail System Could Save Federal Funds
RCED-83-24: Published: Jan 12, 1983. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1983.
GAO reviewed funding for the Washington, D.C., Metrorail system to evaluate whether Federal funds were used effectively and efficiently to construct Metrorail and whether local jurisdictions are able to support Metrorail.GAO noted that, in 1969, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) began constructing a planned 101-mile rail system with funding from Federal and local governmen...
Value Engineering Has the Potential To Reduce Mass Transit Construction Costs
RCED-83-34: Published: Dec 29, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 1982.
Millions of dollars in federal, state, and local construction funds can be saved by applying value engineering (VE) to the designs of construction projects funded by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA). GAO conducted this review to determine: (1) how effective VE would be when applied to heavy rail and bus construction projects; and (2) whether VE could produce greater savings than...
Need To Periodically Reassess Mass Transit Construction Projects
RCED-83-82: Published: Dec 22, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1982.
GAO reviewed Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA) policies for project administration because UMTA has made large expenditures over the past decade to finance construction of capital projects. The review focused on a high-speed rail project in Philadelphia and a project extending the New York City subway system.Although UMTA has taken significant steps to ensure that only meritorious pr...
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...
UMTA's Research and Development Program Should Pay Closer Attention to Transit Industry Needs
CED-82-17: Published: Jan 20, 1982. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 1982.
GAO reviewed the Urban Mass Transportation Administration's (UMTA) research and development program to identify management weaknesses in the program. UMTA improves long-term mass transportation productivity, efficiency, and service by providing its grantees with innovative equipment, service concepts, and management techniques for providing transit services.GAO found that UMTA: (1) does not have a...
Status of the Center City Commuter Connection Project, Philadelphia, PA
MASAD-82-1: Published: Oct 6, 1981. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 1981.
GAO examined the status of the Center City Commuter Connection Project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which will link two commuter rail lines currently in operation. The project is primarily financed with a capital assistance grant from the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA).GAO found that the costs of other related projects not part of the Center City Commuter Connection construction...
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Termination of Contract for Light Rail Vehicles
PSAD-81-11: Published: Nov 10, 1980. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1980.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) awarded a contract on May 1, 1973, for the manufacture of 175 light rail vehicles (LRV's) using the standard LRV specification developed by MBTA, and funded and approved by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA). The LRV began experiencing problems when placed into a passenger revenue service. When the contract terminated in Novemb...
Development Status of Rapid Transit/System of Metropolitan Dade County, Florida
PSAD-80-49: Published: Jun 5, 1980. Publicly Released: Jun 5, 1980.
GAO reviewed the development status of the rapid transit system of Metropolitan Dade County, Florida (MDC). The project is proceeding with assistance grants from the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA). The review identified significant cost increases and problems with the project development sequence. UMTA is entering into a full-funding contract with MDC, with additional Federal fund...
Need for Controls by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration Over No-Prejudice Authorizations
PSAD-80-36: Published: Mar 14, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 1980.
The Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA) is authorizing local transit authorities to incur cost on a "no-prejudice" basis. These authorizations permit local authorities to use local funds for a variety of purposes, such as project development and the purchase of buses, with the understanding that such costs may be reimbursed if future grants are approved. However, UMTA does not guarante...
Improvements Needed in the Department of Transportation's Truck Size and Weight Study
CED-80-41: Published: Jan 14, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 1980.
The Department of Transportation's truck size and weight study will be directed by the Intermodal Studies Division within the Office of the Secretary of Transportation. A review of the draft study design indicated a number of areas where modifications should be made. Congress should be aware that the study has been expanded beyond the areas specifically mentioned in implementing legislation and th...