Federal Transit Administration (21 - 30 of 157 items)
Public Transit: Challenges Funding, Investing in Systems, and Coordinating Services
GAO-14-278T: Published: Jan 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2014.
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) authorized $10.6 and $10.7 billion for fiscal years 2013 and 2014, respectively, for public transit, but did not address long-term funding. Federal funds available for FTA's transit programs come from the general fund of the U.S. Treasury and the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund. The Highway Trust Fund supports surface tr...
Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Coordination Efforts are Underway, but Challenges Continue
GAO-14-154T: Published: Nov 6, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 2013.
In 2012, GAO reported that 80 federal programs in eight different agencies fund a variety of transportation services for transportation-disadvantaged populations, which include older Americans. Within the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is a key source of federal transportation funding for older Americans. For example, some FTA programs provide formula...
Public Transit: Survey of Public Transit Agency Officials on Contracting Out Public Transit Operations and Other Services (GAO-13-824SP, September 2013), an E-supplement to GAO-13-782
GAO-13-824SP: Published: Sep 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2013.
This is an E-supplement to GAO-13-782. This E-supplement presents the results of GAO's web-based survey of transit contracting. The survey asks transit agency officials for their views on questions about the extent transit agencies contract public transit operations and other services, the factors they consider when deciding to contract, and the methods used to select and oversee contractors.The s...
Public Transit: FTA's Process for Overseeing Compliance with Federal Civil Rights Requirements Incorporates Key Federal Practices
GAO-13-697R: Published: Jul 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2013.
GAO identified four methods the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), within the U.S. Department of Transportation, uses to assure that recipients of federal transit funding comply with civil rights requirements: 1) requiring recipients to self-certify that they assure compliance with applicable civil rights requirements; 2) issuing guidance to inform recipients of their responsibilities; 3) admin...
Transit Asset Management: Additional Research on Capital Investment Effects Could Help Transit Agencies Optimize Funding
GAO-13-571: Published: Jul 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2013.
To prioritize capital investments, selected transit agencies we reviewed follow some leading practices in the areas of planning, information and data systems, and ranking capital projects. For example, several agencies have developed asset inventories that provide accessible, consistent, and comprehensive information about their assets. One agency also incorporated asset condition data into its as...
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...
ADA Paratransit Services: Demand Has Increased, but Little is Known about Compliance
GAO-13-17: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
Little is known about the extent of transit agencies' compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit service requirements. FTA does receive some assurance that agencies are complying with federal statutes and regulations, including ADA paratransit requirements, because transit agencies that receive FTA funding are required to self-certify and assure that they are complying w...
Flexible Funding Continues to Play a Role in Supporting State and Local Transportation Priorities
GAO-13-19R: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
From 2007 to 2011, FHWA apportioned about $53 billion in flexible funding to states, which is about 29 percent of total federal-aid highway funding apportioned to the states during that time. States transferred about $5 billion, or 10 percent of their apportioned flexible funding, to FTA for transit projects. Four states--California, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia--accounted for the majority o...
Public Transit: Funding for New Starts and Small Starts Projects, October 2004 through June 2012
GAO-13-40: Published: Nov 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2012.
Local funding exceeded total federal funding contributions for the 25 New Starts projects, accounting for $16.3 billion, or almost half, of $33.8 billion of total project funding (see figure below) from October 2004 through June 2012. This outcome reflects the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) policy to encourage project sponsors to seek less than 60 percent of the project's costs from New St...
Bus Rapid Transit: Projects Improve Transit Service and Can Contribute to Economic Development
GAO-12-811: Published: Jul 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2012.
U.S. bus rapid transit (BRT) projects we reviewed include features that distinguished BRT from standard bus service and improved riders experience. However, few of the projects (5 of 20) used dedicated or semi-dedicated lanes a feature commonly associated with BRT and included in international systems to reduce travel time and attract riders. Project sponsors and planners explained tha...