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Intermodal Transportation: Potential Strategies Would Redefine Federal Role in Developing Airport Intermodal Capabilities
GAO-05-727: Published: Jul 26, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 2005.
With the number of airplane passengers using U.S. airports expected to grow to almost 1 billion by the year 2015, ground access to U.S. airports has become an important factor in the development of our nation's transportation networks. Increases in the number of passengers traveling to and from airports will place greater strains on our nation's airport access roads and airport capacity, which can...
Survey of Large- and Medium-Hub Airports on Existing and Planned Bus and Rail Connections, an E-supplement to GAO-05-727
GAO-05-738SP: Published: Jul 26, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2005.
This document presents the results of GAO's survey of airport directors. The purpose of the survey was to determine the extent to which intermodal services and facilities have been developed at major U.S. airports. We developed the Web-based questionnaire and administered the survey to 72 airports from the 2003 Federal Aviation Administration's Air Carrier Activity Information System database. The...
Commercial Aviation: Structural Costs Continue to Challenge Legacy Airlines' Financial Performance
GAO-05-834T: Published: Jul 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 2005.
Since 2001, the U.S. airline industry has confronted unprecedented financial losses. Two of the nation's largest airlines--United Airlines and US Airways--went into bankruptcy, terminating their pension plans and passing the unfunded liability to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). PBGC's unfunded liability was $9.6 billion; plan participants lost $5.2 billion in benefits. Considerabl...
National Airspace System: FAA Has Made Progress but Continues to Face Challenges in Acquiring Major Air Traffic Control Systems
GAO-05-331: Published: Jun 10, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2005.
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) multibillion-dollar effort to modernize the nation's air traffic control (ATC) system has suffered from cost, schedule, and/or performance shortfalls in its system acquisitions for more than two decades and has been on our list of high risk programs since 1995. FAA's performance-based Air Traffic Organization (ATO) was created in February 2004, in part,...
Questions for the Record Related to Amtrak's Food and Beverage Service
GAO-05-893R: Published: Jul 11, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2005.
On June 9, 2005, GAO testified before the Subcommittee on Railroads, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure at a hearing on "Amtrak Food and Beverage Operations." This letter responds to a Congressional request that we provide answers to questions for the record.GAO found that Amtrak has not required the food and beverage contractor to submit the contractually required and independen...
Amtrak: Management and Accountability Issues Contribute to Unprofitability of Food and Beverage Service
GAO-05-761T: Published: Jun 9, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2005.
Amtrak has provided food and beverage service on its trains since it began operations in 1971. Amtrak has struggled since its inception to earn sufficient revenues and depends heavily on federal subsidies to remain solvent. While a small part of Amtrak's overall expenditures, Amtrak's food and beverage service illustrates concerns in Amtrak's overall cost containment, management and accountability...
Highlights of an Expert Panel: The Benefits and Costs of Highway and Transit Investments
GAO-05-423SP: Published: May 6, 2005. Publicly Released: May 6, 2005.
The nation's economy and its citizens' quality of life depend on our transportation system. While all government levels have made significant investments in transportation, projections of future passenger and freight travel indicate that considerable investment will be needed to maintain the system. However, this comes amid growing concern about the size of the federal budget deficit and increasin...
Aviation Fees: Review of Air Carriers' Year 2000 Passenger and Property Screening Costs
GAO-05-558: Published: Apr 18, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2005.
The Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) authorized the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to impose an Aviation Security Infrastructure Fee (ASIF) on air carriers to help pay for the costs of aviation security services. To impose the ASIF, TSA issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) and required air carriers to report their passenger and property screening costs incurred in 2000 o...
National Airspace System: Progress and Ongoing Challenges for the Air Traffic Organization
GAO-05-485T: Published: Apr 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2005.
Congress's formation of the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) and the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), both within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), represent the latest efforts to address the monumental challenges of modernizing the national airspace system (NAS) during the first quarter of the twenty-first century. For more than two decades, FAA has been working to modernize t...
National Airspace System: Experts' Views on Improving the U.S. Air Traffic Control Modernization Program
GAO-05-333SP: Published: Apr 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2005.
In 1981, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began a program to modernize the national airspace system and a primary component, the air traffic control (ATC) system. The ATC component of this program, which is designed to replace aging equipment and accommodate predicted growth in air traffic, has had difficulty for more than two decades in meeting cost, schedule, and performance targets. Th...