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Urban Transportation: Challenges to Widespread Deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems
RCED-97-74: Published: Feb 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program, focusing on: (1) how DOT has changed the focus of the ITS program since Congress passed the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA); (2) progress in deploying integrated ITS and the key factors affecting deployment, including the status of th...
Natural Gas Pipelines: Greater Use of Instrumented Inspection Technology Can Improve Safety
RCED-92-237: Published: Sep 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1992.
GAO provided information on the inspection techniques available to determine and maintain the structural integrity, safety, and condition of natural gas transmission pipelines, focusing on: (1) the use, capabilities, limitations, and costs of instrumented inspection technology, commonly referred to as smart pigs; (2) federal smart pig inspection regulations and guidelines; and (3) the Department o...
Railroad Safety: Accident Trends and FRA Safety Programs
T-RCED-92-23: Published: Jan 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1992.
GAO discussed railroad safety, focusing on: (1) four bills to prevent railroad accidents; and (2) railroad accident trends over the past 10 years. GAO noted that: (1) although the number of reportable rail accidents has decreased by about two-thirds from the 1980 high of 8,451, accidents increased from 2,647 in 1987 to 3,045 in 1990; (2) the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) enforcement prog...
Hazardous Materials: 1990 Transportation Uniform Safety Act--Status of DOT Implementing Actions
RCED-92-55BR: Published: Nov 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the status of the Department of Transportation's (DOT) implementation of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Uniform Safety Act of 1990 (HMTUSA).GAO found that: (1) action to implement HMTUSA is either in process or planned for all sections except one that has been completed; (2) DOT officials stated that they lacked sufficient fu...
Pollution From Pipelines: DOT Lacks Prevention Program and Information for Timely Response
RCED-91-60: Published: Jan 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined federal efforts to prevent and respond to water pollution from petroleum pipeline spills.GAO found that: (1) the Department of Transportation (DOT) did not establish a program to prevent water pollution caused by pipeline spills; (2) DOT delegated the responsibility for preventing water pollution from transportation and pipeline activities to the C...
Pipeline Safety: New Risk Assessment Program Could Help Evaluate Inspection Cycle
RCED-89-107: Published: Mar 7, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of Pipeline Safety's development of the inspection cycle for natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines, focusing on whether the: (1) office based the pipeline inspection cycle on sound risk assessments; and (2) Pipeline Inspection Priority Program (PIPP) would identify pipelines with the greatest...
The Department of Transportation's Recent Efforts To Strengthen Pipeline Safety
T-RCED-87-22: Published: May 5, 1987. Publicly Released: May 5, 1987.
GAO discussed the Department of Transportation's pipeline safety program, which its Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) administers. GAO noted that RSPA has responded positively to GAO recommendations by: (1) linking the level of states' pipeline inspection involvement to the size of their program grants; (2) revising procedures for monitoring state programs; and (3) improving its...
Pipeline Safety: Need for a Stronger Federal Effort
CED-78-99: Published: Apr 26, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 1978.
A review of the federal pipeline safety program identified a number of significant problems and weaknesses in the program. The Office of Pipeline Safety Operations (OPSO) in the Department of Transportation has regulatory authority for the safe transportation of essentially all gas and hazardous liquids, but it has not fully or effectively exercised this authority.OPSO has not: (1) issued safety r...
The Effectiveness of the Federal Pipeline Safety Program
105076: Feb 27, 1978
Gas and hazardous liquid pipelines in the United States total about 1.7 million miles and transport more than half of the Nation's energy supply. The Office of Pipeline Safety Operations, an element of the Materials Transportation Bureau within the Department of Transportation, is responsible for developing and administering a comprehensive and effective pipeline safety program. The regulations is...