Federal Railroad Administration (61 - 70 of 89 items)
Railroad Safety: New Approach Needed for Effective FRA Safety Inspection Program
RCED-90-194: Published: Jul 31, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) railroad safety inspection program, focusing on: (1) inspection coverage standards; (2) how FRA used data to target railroads for inspection; (3) follow-up actions taken on inspection results; and (4) uniformity in the application of safety regulations.GAO found that FRA did not: (1) provide assurance tha...
Railroad Safety: More FRA Oversight Needed to Ensure Rail Safety in Region 2
RCED-90-140: Published: Apr 27, 1990. Publicly Released: May 4, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effectiveness of the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Region 2 hazardous materials inspection program.GAO found that FRA Region 2: (1) did not establish inspection frequency goals and maintain complete, updated lists of hazardous materials inspection points; (2) did not inspect 70 percent of its inspection points in 1987 and 1988; (3) di...
Improvements Needed in FRA's Hazardous Materials Inspection and Safety Reporting Programs
T-RCED-90-35: Published: Feb 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1990.
GAO discussed the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) hazardous materials inspection program and five railroads' reporting of accidents and injuries. GAO found that: (1) FRA inspection coverage was minimal; (2) from 1985 to 1989, hazardous material releases increased by 40 percent; (3) track and equipment defects and human error were the two primary causes of reported rail accidents; (4) FRA i...
Railroad Safety: DOT Should Better Manage Its Hazardous Materials Inspection Program
RCED-90-43: Published: Nov 17, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the: (1) effectiveness of the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) hazardous materials inspection program; and (2) extent to which the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) improved its Hazardous Materials Information System (HMIS) and established a program to register hazardous materials shipp...
Improvements Needed in DOT's Hazardous Materials Rail Safety Program
T-RCED-90-13: Published: Nov 7, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1989.
GAO discussed its work on rail transportation of hazardous materials, focusing on the: (1) Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Hazardous Materials Inspection Program; and (2) Research and Special Programs Administration's (RSPA) Hazardous Materials Information System. GAO noted that FRA implementation of its inspection program has been hampered by: (1) inadequate guidance and excessive indepen...
Railroad Safety: FRA Needs to Correct Deficiencies in Reporting Injuries and Accidents
RCED-89-109: Published: Apr 5, 1989. Publicly Released: May 1, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed: (1) the reliability and accuracy of injury and accident data railroads reported to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA); and (2) FRA efforts to ensure data accuracy.GAO found that: (1) although FRA relies on injury and accident reports as a basis for conducting its railroad safety program, it does not require railroads to have internal contro...
Railroad Safety: Accidents in Pennsylvania and Related Federal Enforcement Actions
RCED-89-52: Published: Nov 3, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) developed statistical profiles of railroad safety in Pennsylvania and nationwide; and (2) reviewed the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) investigations of railroad accidents in Pennsylvania from January 1987 through January 1988.GAO found that: (1) between 1984 and 1987, railroad accidents and incidents decreased overall nationwide and in Penn...
Railroad Safety: Reporting Time Frames and Results of Post-Accident Drug Tests
RCED-88-120: Published: Apr 8, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) drug and alcohol testing procedures, focusing on: (1) its use of one laboratory to conduct all testing; and (2) the time it required to obtain test results. GAO also obtained information on the results of FRA post-accident drug and alcohol testing in 1987.GAO found that: (1) FRA used one laboratory for...
Rail Safety: States' Reaction to Proposed Elimination of Inspection Funding
RCED-87-84FS: Published: Feb 6, 1987. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) elimination of support funds under its State Safety Participation Program would affect the number of state railroad safety inspectors.GAO found that, of the 44 states that responded to its questionnaire: (1) most that received partial funding for state rail safety inspectors through...
Proposed AMTRAK Rail Service Between Philadelphia and Atlantic City
RCED-85-90: Published: Aug 13, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Railroad Passenger Corporation's (AMTRAK) proposed rail service between Philadelphia and Atlantic City to determine whether: (1) plans for the 40-percent nonfederal match were firm and adequate; (2) federal, state, and local tax consequences to a private firm should be counted as part of the federal share; (3) the portions of the rail...