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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...
Federal-Aid Highways: FHWA Needs a Comprehensive Approach to Improving Project Oversight
GAO-05-173: Published: Jan 31, 2005. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2005.
The federal-aid highway program provides over $25 billion a year to states for highway and bridge projects, often paying 80 percent of these projects' costs. The federal government provides funding for and oversees this program, while states largely choose and manage the projects. Ensuring that states effectively control the cost and schedule performance of these projects is essential to ensuring...
Highway And Transit Investments: Options for Improving Information on Projects' Benefits and Costs and Increasing Accountability for Results
GAO-05-172: Published: Jan 24, 2005. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2005.
Mobility is critical to the nation's economy. Projections of future passenger and freight travel suggest that increased levels of investment may be needed to maintain the current levels of mobility provided by the nation's highway and transit systems. However, calls for greater investment in transportation come amid growing concerns about fiscal imbalances at all levels of the government. As a res...
Surface Transportation: Many Factors Affect Investment Decisions
GAO-04-744: Published: Jun 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2004.
Passenger and freight traffic are expected to grow substantially in the future, generating additional congestion and requiring continued investment in the nation's surface transportation system. Over the past 12 years, the federal government has provided hundreds of billions of dollars for investment in surface transportation projects through the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of...
Comparison of States' Highway Construction Costs
GAO-04-113R: Published: Nov 3, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2003.
We are reporting to Congress on whether Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) data can help transportation stakeholders understand how states' costs to build, reconstruct, and maintain federally financed highways, roads, and bridges (termed "constructing highways" for this report) compare. Durig our review, we became aware of significant issues regarding the quality of the data that FHWA collects...
Mass Transit: Status of New Starts Transit Projects With Full Funding Grant Agreements
RCED-99-240: Published: Aug 19, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 19, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) new starts program, focusing on identifying those projects that have experienced changes in their baseline cost estimates and the reason for the changes.GAO noted that: (1) of the 14 transit projects with full funding grant agreements, 6 had experienced cost increases as of May 1999; (2) half of these 6 pr...
DOT's Restructuring: Limited Progress in Streamlining Field Office Structure
RCED-98-138: Published: Apr 30, 1998. Publicly Released: May 7, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the results of two of the Department of Transportation's (DOT) streamlining efforts--the field office Colocation Task Force and the Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA) Organization Structure Task Force.GAO noted that: (1) DOT's colocation effort will not result in the substantial restructuring of its field offices; (2) the 21-month colocation e...
Highway Signs: Conversion to Metric Units Could Be Costly
RCED-95-156: Published: Jul 7, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA) metric conversion plan, focusing on the: (1) status of federal and states' efforts to convert highway signs to metric units; and (2) possible costs involved in implementing the conversion.GAO found that: (1) in June 1994, FHwA announced that it was postponing the deadline for converting hig...
Surface Transportation: Tight Budget Environment Requires Sound Investment Strategy
T-RCED-94-146: Published: Mar 8, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 1994.
GAO discussed several issues affecting federal investment in the national highway infrastructure, focusing on: (1) the Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA) 1995 budget; (2) whether FHwA needs a project tracking system for individual highway demonstration project authorizations; (3) whether states use life-cycle costs to determine their highway budgeting; and (4) whether refinements are needed f...
Motor Vehicle Safety: Key Issues Confronting the National Advanced Driving Simulator
RCED-92-195: Published: Aug 18, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Transportation's (DOT) plans to develop a National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS), focusing on: (1) how NADS will benefit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) and the Federal Highway Administration's activities; (2) the projected capabilities of NADS compared with existing simulator capabilities; and (3)...