Federal Highway Administration (11 - 20 of 175 items)
Emergency Transportation Relief: Agencies Could Improve Collaboration Begun during Hurricane Sandy Response
GAO-14-512: Published: May 28, 2014. Publicly Released: May 28, 2014.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is in the process of allocating, obligating, and disbursing the $13 billion appropriated by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (DRAA) for surface transportation relief. Most of the DRAA surface transportation funds—over $10 billion—were appropriated to the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) new Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program...
Federal-Aid Highways: Federal Highway Administration Could Further Mitigate Locally Administered Project Risks
GAO-14-113: Published: Jan 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2014.
Newly available data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show the extent and some characteristics of locally administered projects, but other key data are not being collected. From July 2012 to June 2013, local agencies administered about 12 percent or $3.8 billion of the $31 billion in federal-aid funding obligated during that period. The federal share was less than $250,000 for over h...
Federal-Aid Highways: Improved Guidance Could Enhance States' Use of Life-Cycle Cost Analysis in Pavement Selection
GAO-13-544: Published: Jun 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 2013.
Thirteen of the 16 state transportation agencies GAO contacted used Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) to select the pavement type (e.g., asphalt or concrete) for certain road construction and rehabilitation projects. Officials in all 13 states indicated that LCCA helped ensure that the agency selected the pavement that was most cost-effective over the long term, but states' specific LCCA practices v...
Highway Trust Fund Obligations, Fiscal Years 2009 to 2011
GAO-13-193R: Published: Jan 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2013.
During fiscal years 2009 through 2011, four administrations within DOT obligated about $144 billion from the HTF. FHWA obligated the largest share--about 81 percent--of this total, specifically:FHWA obligated $116.7 billion from the HTF. A majority--about 81 percent--was obligated to construct and maintain highways and bridges. The remainder was obligated for other purposes such as safety, debt se...
Highway Trust Fund: Pilot Program Could Help Determine the Viability of Mileage Fees for Certain Vehicles
GAO-13-77: Published: Dec 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 2013.
Mileage-based user fee initiatives in the United States and abroad show that such fees can lead to more equitable and efficient use of roadways by charging drivers based on their actual road use and by providing pricing incentives to reduce road use. Mileage fees for passenger vehicles, however, continue to face significant public concerns related to privacy as well as cost challenges. Privacy con...
Highway Projects: Some Federal and State Practices to Expedite Completion Show Promise
GAO-12-593: Published: Jun 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2012.
The process to complete highway projects is complicated and lengthy due to multiple factors. Specifically, highway projects can involve many stakeholders, including agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the public. These stakeholders perform a number of tasksfor major highway projects, as many as 200 steps from planning to constructionbut their level...
Planning and Flexibility Are Key to Effectively Deploying Broadband Conduit through Federal Highway Projects
GAO-12-687R: Published: Jun 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2012.
A federal dig once policy would likely have several advantages, including potentially decreasing the frequency of construction on major highways and the cost of installation, while accelerating access to and reliability of broadband networks. However, disadvantageswhich could be exacerbated by a requirement to install conduit as part of certain federally funded highway constructionincl...
Highway Infrastructure: Federal-State Partnership Produces Benefits and Poses Oversight Risks
GAO-12-474: Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: May 29, 2012.
Over the years, the federal-aid highway program has expanded to encompass broader goals, more responsibilities, and a variety of approaches. As the program grew more complex, the Federal Highway Administrations (FHWA) oversight role also expanded, while its resources have not kept pace. As GAO has reported, this growth occurred without a well-defined overall vision of evident national intere...
Intelligent Transportation Systems: Improved DOT Collaboration and Communication Could Enhance the Use of Technology to Manage Congestion
GAO-12-308: Published: Mar 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2012.
State and local governments currently use ITS technologies in various ways to monitor and control traffic and inform travelers. For example, transportation agencies use cameras to monitor traffic conditions, signal technologies to control traffic flow, and dynamic message signs to inform travelers about travel conditions. By interviewing experts, GAO identified several emerging uses of ITS that ha...
Transportation: Key Issues and Management Challenges
GAO-12-581T: Published: Mar 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2012.
Funding the Nations Transportation System:Funding Highways and Transit: The major source of federal surface transportation funding is the Highway Trust Fund, but the revenues that make up that fund are eroding. The federal motor fuel tax rate has not increased since 1993, meaning that the 18.4 cent per gallon tax on motor fuels enacted in 1993 is worth about 11.5 cents today. This trend will...