Federal Railroad Administration (81 - 89 of 89 items)
Federal Assistance To Rehabilitate Railroads Should Be Reassessed
CED-80-90: Published: Jun 27, 1980. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1980.
GAO undertook an appraisal of how the Department of Transportation has administered Federal assistance to railroads under the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976. When Congress passed the Act authorizing $1.6 billion for two programs to help the Nation's railroads overcome deferred maintenance, it expected the funds to be used up quickly. But 4 years later, much of the progra...
Grain Subterminal Facilities
CED-80-104: Published: Jun 5, 1980. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1980.
Subterminal facilities are used for the transient storage of bulk agricultural commodities located near the area of production which can accomodate unit trains or multiple care shipments. The development of subterminal grain elevator facilities has been sporadic throughout the grain-producing States and varies by State, crop, and the availability of alternative means of transportation. GAO respond...
How the Law To Prevent Discrimination and Encourage Minority Participation in Railroad Activities Is Being Implemented
CED-80-55: Published: Feb 1, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1980.
Under the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) regulations, recipients of federal financial assistance, and certain of their contractors and subcontractors, are required to take affirmative action to insure that minority persons and businesses have a fair opportunity to participate in employment and contractual opportunities resulting from the assistance. FRA organizations which administer the...
Problems in the Northeast Corridor Railway Improvement Project
CED-79-38: Published: Mar 29, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1979.
The Northeast Corridor Improvement Project (NECIP) to improve rail passenger service between Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. will not be completed within the established time and funding limits. A review was made of the project's management and planning which contributed to these problems. Previous audits have raised serious questions about the accuracy, reliability, and validity of many Am...
Need for Improved Action on Railroad Safety Recommendations
CED-78-171: Published: Dec 29, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 1979.
A study was made concerning: (1) the actions taken by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in response to railroad safety recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB); (2) NTSB followup procedures on railroad safety recommendations; and (3) FRA use of its own accident investigations to promote railroad safety.FRA does not respond promptly to NTSB safety recommendati...
Procedures for Evaluating Research and Development Contracts in the Department of Transportation
PSAD-78-110: Published: May 24, 1978. Publicly Released: May 24, 1978.
A March 1977 report concluded that the Federal Railroad Administration, the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not have formal procedures for evaluating the usefulness of contracted research and development end products. A followup review was conducted at the Department of Transportation to determine if any changes have been made t...
Commuter Railroad Safety Activities on Conrail's Lines in New York Should Be Improved
CED-78-80: Published: Mar 15, 1978. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1978.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for regulating safety functions, investigating accidents and issuing reports on them, and administering railroad safety laws. The Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail), which operates commuter services in the New York metropolitan area, is responsible for implementing safety requirements through inspection, setting of standards, accident r...
Federal Agencies' Contracting for Research and Development in the Private, Profitmaking Sector
PSAD-77-66: Published: Mar 24, 1977. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1977.
Federal research and development contract awards to the private, profitmaking sector are increasing. These contract awards have particular potential problems which should receive attention. The authority, practices, and procedures for awarding research and development contracts to private, profitmaking firms were investigated for the following agencies: the Maritime Administration, the Environment...
Improved Controls Needed Over Federal Financial Assistance to Railroads
CED-76-161: Published: Nov 15, 1976. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1976.
Before 1976, direct federal assistance to the nation's railroads was essentially in response to specific crises, but enactment of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act changed the situation. The $1.6 billion in aid will be administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the United States Railway Association.The governing agencies d...