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Highway And Transit Investments: Options for Improving Information on Projects' Benefits and Costs and Increasing Accountability for Results
GAO-05-172: Published: Jan 24, 2005. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2005.
Mobility is critical to the nation's economy. Projections of future passenger and freight travel suggest that increased levels of investment may be needed to maintain the current levels of mobility provided by the nation's highway and transit systems. However, calls for greater investment in transportation come amid growing concerns about fiscal imbalances at all levels of the government. As a res...
Surface Transportation: Many Factors Affect Investment Decisions
GAO-04-744: Published: Jun 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2004.
Passenger and freight traffic are expected to grow substantially in the future, generating additional congestion and requiring continued investment in the nation's surface transportation system. Over the past 12 years, the federal government has provided hundreds of billions of dollars for investment in surface transportation projects through the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of...
Highway Safety: Federal and State Efforts to Address Rural Road Safety Challenges
GAO-04-663: Published: May 28, 2004. Publicly Released: May 28, 2004.
Traffic crashes are a major cause of death and injury in the United States. In 2002, there were 42,815 fatalities and over 2.9 million injuries on the nation's highways. Crashes on rural roads (roads in areas with populations of less than 5,000) account for over 60 percent of the deaths nationwide, or about 70 deaths each day. Further, the rate of fatalities per vehicle mile traveled on rural road...
Highways and Transit: Private Sector Sponsorship of and Investment in Major Projects Has Been Limited
GAO-04-419: Published: Mar 25, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2004.
Many in Congress, as well as many transportation experts, believe more money needs to be spent to keep up with the country's surface transportation needs. As Congress considers reauthorization of the nation's surface transportation laws, many observers believe increased private participation and investment in transportation can help meet these needs. GAO was asked to examine cases where state and...
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...
U.S. Infrastructure: Agencies' Approaches to Developing Investment Estimates Vary
GAO-01-835: Published: Jul 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2001.
A sound public infrastructure plays a vital role in encouraging a more productive and competitive national economy and meeting public demands for safety, health, and improved quality of life. The federal government has spent an average of $149 billion (in constant 1998 dollars) annually since the late 1980s on the nation's infrastructure. Little is known, however, about the comparability and reaso...
U.S. Infrastructure: Funding Trends and Opportunities to Improve Investment Decisions
RCED/AIMD-00-35: Published: Feb 7, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2000.
GAO provided information on United States infrastructure, focusing on: (1) trends in the government's investment in infrastructure; (2) how federal agencies can improve their decision-making for the acquisition and management of infrastructure; and (3) the challenges to an effective investment in infrastructure at the federal level.GAO noted that: (1) the United States has historically made an ext...
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...
Grant Programs: Design Features Shape Flexibility, Accountability, and Performance Information
GGD-98-137: Published: Jun 22, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO conducted a comparative study of block grants and similar programs that give state or local governments substantial flexibility in determining how funds are to be used, focusing on: (1) examining the design characteristics of these programs that have implications for flexibility, accountability, and programs' ability to collect information about performance...