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Highway Infrastructure: Stakeholders' Views on Time to Conduct Environmental Reviews of Highway Projects
GAO-03-534: Published: May 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2003.
The federal government has a long-term commitment to helping states construct, improve, and repair roads and bridges to meet the nation's mobility needs. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) expects to provide states about $20 billion for highway construction projects in fiscal year 2003. State departments of transportation are primarily responsible for initiating and completing projects. Man...
Highway Infrastructure: Perceptions of Stakeholders on Approaches to Reduce Highway Project Completion Time
GAO-03-398: Published: Apr 9, 2003. Publicly Released: May 12, 2003.
Constructing, improving, and repairing roads is fundamental to meeting the nation's mobility needs. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) supplies most of the money (about $20 billion in fiscal year 2003), and state departments of transportation are primarily responsible for completing projects. Many federal and state agencies (called resource agencies) help ensure that environmental and other...
Transportation Infrastructure: Cost and Oversight Issues on Major Highway and Bridge Projects
GAO-02-702T: Published: May 1, 2002. Publicly Released: May 1, 2002.
GAO found problems with the costs and oversight of major highway and bridge projects because cost containment was not an explicit statutory or regulatory goal. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) did little to ensure that cost contentment was an integral part of the states' project management. The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of Inspector General and reviews by state audit an...
Highway Projects: Extent of Unobligated Balances for Demonstration Projects
GAO-01-985R: Published: Aug 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2001.
Congress has funded many highway demonstration projects either through legislation authorizing surface transportation programs or annual appropriations for the Department of Transportation. As of April 2001, 28 highway demonstration projects with unobligated balances were no longer needed by the states because, according to the Federal Highway Administration, the projects are completed. These proj...
Commercial Motor Vehicles: Effectiveness of Actions Being Taken to Improve Motor Carrier Safety Is Unknown
RCED-00-189: Published: Jul 17, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed efforts being undertaken by the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to reduce the number of truck-related fatalities, focusing on: (1) the motor carrier administration's overall strategy for reducing fatalities resulting from crashes involving large trucks; (2) specific actions the motor carrier administra...
Highway Infrastructure: FHWA's Model for Estimating Highway Needs Is Generally Reasonable, Despite Limitations
RCED-00-133: Published: Jun 5, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 5, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on how the Federal Highway Administration (FHwA) determines highway investment requirements, focusing on the: (1) methodology the Highway Economic Requirements System (HERS) computer model uses to generate its estimates of the nation's highway investment requirements; (2) strengths and limitations of the model; and (3) usefulness of t...
Surface Transportation: Issues Related to Preserving Inactive Rail Lines as Trails
RCED-00-4: Published: Oct 18, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on rail banking, which refers to the preservation of inactive rail lines as trails, focusing on: (1) the implementation process for rail banking, including whether it protects the various interests of landowners, communities, rail carriers, and those interested in converting the rights-of-ways to trails; (2) the extent to which rail-ban...
Transportation Infrastructure: Better Data Needed to Rate the Nation's Highway Conditions
RCED-99-264: Published: Sep 27, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on federal and state efforts to assess the conditions of the nation's highways, focusing on: (1) the uses the Federal Highway Administration (FHwA), the states, and others make of the International Roughness Index to assess highway conditions; (2) the consistency and accuracy of state-reported data on highway roughness; and (3) FHwA's...
Transportation Infrastructure: Advantages and Disadvantages of Wrap-Up Insurance for Large Construction Projects
RCED-99-155: Published: Jun 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the advantages and disadvantages of wrap-up insurance over traditional insurance for large transportation projects and the factors that can affect the broader use of wrap-up insurance.GAO noted that: (1) owners of transportation projects, such as transit agencies and state departments of transportation, experience a number of advanta...
Welfare Reform: Implementing DOT's Access to Jobs Program
RCED-99-36: Published: Dec 8, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Transportation's (DOT) efforts to implement the Access to Jobs program, focusing on DOT's: (1) overall plan to distribute Access to Jobs funds among grantees in urban and rural areas; (2) criteria to award specific Access to Jobs grants to states, localities, and other organizations; (3) efforts to coordinate the Access to Jobs...