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National Airspace System: FAA's Approach to Its New Communications System Appears Prudent, but Challenges Remain
GAO-02-710: Published: Jul 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2002.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provides air-ground voice and data communications for pilots and air traffic controllers to safely coordinate all flight operations, ground movement of aircraft at airports, and in-flight separation distances between aircraft. However, the anticipated growth in air traffic, coupled with FAA's efforts to reduce air traffic delays and introduce new air traff...
Mass Transit: Status of New Starts Program and Potential for Bus Rapid Transit Projects
GAO-02-840T: Published: Jun 20, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2002.
The Federal Transportation Administration's (FTA) New Starts Program helps pay for designing and constructing rail, bus, and trolley projects through full funding grant agreements. The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), authorized $6.1 billion in "guaranteed" funding for the New Starts program through fiscal year 2003. Although the level of New Starts funding is higher than e...
Airport Infrastructure: Unresolved Issues Make It Difficult to Determine the Cost to Serve New Large Aircraft
GAO-02-251: Published: Feb 4, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2002.
Airbus Industrie plans to introduce the New Large Aircraft (NLA) to U.S. airports in 2006. The Boeing 747 (B-747)is currently the largest commercial aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sets standards that govern how an airport must be configured to safely serve aircraft with certain wingspans and weight. A B-747 operates under Design Group V standards, while FAA has determined that...
Mass Transit: Bus Rapid Transit Shows Promise
GAO-01-984: Published: Sep 17, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2001.
To make buses a more reliable and effective high-speed transit alternative, a new concept-- Bus Rapid Transit--proposes (1) running buses on highways exclusively for them or on HOV lanes or (2) improving service on busier routes on city streets. Federal support for Bus Rapid Transit projects may come from several different sources, including the Federal Transit Administration's New Starts, Bus Cap...
Army Corps of Engineers: An Assessment of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement of the Lower Snake River Dams
RCED-00-186: Published: Jul 24, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army Corps of Engineers' environmental impact statement (EIS) of the Lower Snake River dams, focusing on: (1) extent to which the Corps followed applicable procedures and guidelines in preparing the draft EIS; and (2) reasonableness of the methodology the Corps used to analyze and present the effects of breaching the dams, specifically with res...
Essential Air Service: Changes in Passenger Traffic, Subsidy Levels, and Air Carrier Costs
T-RCED-00-185: Published: May 25, 2000. Publicly Released: May 25, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, focusing on: (1) changes in the number of communities and passengers receiving subsidized service; (2) changes in the level of subsidies provided; and (3) reasons why the subsidy levels changed.GAO noted that: (1) between 1995 and 1999, the overall number of communities receiving EAS-subsidized service decr...
Mass Transit: Review of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District's Airport Extension Finance Plan
RCED-00-95R: Published: Mar 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Bay Area Rapid Transit District's (BART) finance plan for an airport extension, focusing on: (1) BART's proposed grant amendment and revised project completion schedule; and (2) the reasonableness of the assumptions contained in the finance plan.GAO noted that: (1) BART has requested that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA...
Mass Transit: Review of the Tren Urbano Finance Plan
RCED-00-94R: Published: Mar 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority's finance plan for its Tren Urbano Rapid Rail Line Project, focusing on the: (1) financing of the Tren Urbano project; and (2) reasonableness of the assumptions contained in the finance plan.GAO noted that: (1) the Authority has sufficient funding to meet the expected cost of the project withou...
Port Infrastructure: Financing of Navigation Projects at Small and Medium-Sized Ports
RCED-00-58: Published: Mar 2, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army Corps of Engineers' financing of navigation projects at small and medium-sized public ports, focusing on: (1) how small and medium-sized public ports financed the nonfederal share of the cost of navigation projects from 1986 through 1999; (2) the extent to which projects have been terminated or suspended at small and medium-sized public po...
Mass Transit: Use of Alternative Fuels in Transit Buses
RCED-00-18: Published: Dec 14, 1999. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reported on the: (1) status of the development and use of alternative fuel technologies in transit buses, particularly the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) as a fuel; (2) air quality benefits of such technologies; (3) costs incurred by transit operators to use CNG buses, as well as other alternative fuels, compared with the costs to use diesel buses; a...