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Mass Transit: FTA Needs to Provide Clear Information and Additional Guidance on the New Starts Ratings Process
GAO-03-701: Published: Jun 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2003.
Under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21 st Century (TEA-21), Congress authorized federal funding for New Starts fixed guideway transit projects--including rail and bus rapid transit projects that met certain criteria. In response to an annual mandate under TEA-21, GAO assessed the New Starts evaluation and ratings process for the fiscal year 2004 cycle, including (1) changes to the process...
Mass Transit: Federal Action Could Help Transit Agencies Address Security Challenges
GAO-03-263: Published: Dec 13, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2002.
About one-third of terrorist attacks worldwide target transportation systems, and transit systems are the mode most commonly attacked. In light of the history of terrorism against mass transit and the terrorist attacks on September 11, GAO was asked to examine challenges in securing transit systems, steps transit agencies have taken to improve safety and security, and the federal role in transit s...
Welfare Reform: Job Access Program Improves Local Service Coordination, but Evaluation Should Be Completed
GAO-03-204: Published: Dec 6, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2002.
Pursuant to Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), GAO periodically reports on the implementation of the Job Access and Reverse Commute (Job Access) program. The program is designed to assist low-income people in accessing employment opportunities. This report examines the Department of Transportation's (DOT) efforts to evaluate the program and report the results to the Congress...
Surface and Maritime Transportation: Developing Strategies for Enhancing Mobility: A National Challenge
GAO-02-775: Published: Aug 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2002.
The U.S. surface and maritime transportation systems include roads, mass transit systems, railroads, and ports and waterways. One of the major goals of these systems is to provide and enhance mobility, that is, the free flow of passengers and goods. Mobility provides people with access to goods, services, recreation, and jobs; provides businesses with access to materials, markets and people; and p...
Mass Transit: Challenges in Securing Transit Systems
GAO-02-1075T: Published: Sep 18, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2002.
Over a year has passed since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, realigned national priorities. Although most of the early attention following the attacks focused on airport security, emphasis on the other modes of transportation has since grown. Addressing transit safety and security concerns is complicated by the nature and scope of transit in the United States. About 6,000 agencies pro...
Mass Transit: Status of New Starts Program and Potential for Bus Rapid Transit Projects
GAO-02-840T: Published: Jun 20, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2002.
The Federal Transportation Administration's (FTA) New Starts Program helps pay for designing and constructing rail, bus, and trolley projects through full funding grant agreements. The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), authorized $6.1 billion in "guaranteed" funding for the New Starts program through fiscal year 2003. Although the level of New Starts funding is higher than e...
Mass Transit: FTA's New Starts Commitments for Fiscal Year 2003
GAO-02-603: Published: Apr 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2002.
Since the early 1970's, the federal government has provided a large share of the nation's capital investment in urban mass transportation. Much of this funding has come through the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) New Starts Program, which helps pay for rail, bus, and trolley projects. The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century authorized about $6 billion in "guaranteed" funding for...
Welfare Reform: DOT Has Made Progress in Implementing the Job Access Program but Has Not Evaluated the Impact
GAO-02-640T: Published: Apr 17, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2002.
The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Job Access and Reverse Commute (Job Access) Program, has presented implementation challenges for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). In November 1999, DOT's process for selecting Job Access grantees was inconsistent and the basis for some selections was unclear. In response, DOT took steps to improve its process for selecting grantees by developing a...
Transit Labor Arrangements: Most Transit Agencies Report Impacts Are Minimal
GAO-02-78: Published: Nov 19, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2001.
Concerns have arisen about the 37-year-old statutory provision commonly known as Section 13(c). Before the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) may make grants to transit applicants, the Department of Labor (DOL) must certify that fair and equitable arrangements are in place to protect mass transit employees affected. Section 13(c) requires that the arrangements provide for continued of collective...
Mass Transit: Bus Rapid Transit Shows Promise
GAO-01-984: Published: Sep 17, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2001.
To make buses a more reliable and effective high-speed transit alternative, a new concept-- Bus Rapid Transit--proposes (1) running buses on highways exclusively for them or on HOV lanes or (2) improving service on busier routes on city streets. Federal support for Bus Rapid Transit projects may come from several different sources, including the Federal Transit Administration's New Starts, Bus Cap...