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High-Speed Passenger Rail: Preliminary Assessment of California's Cost Estimates and Other Challenges
GAO-13-163T: Published: Dec 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2012.
Based on an initial evaluation of the California High Speed Rail Authority's (Authority) cost estimates, GAO found that they exhibit certain strengths and weaknesses when compared to best practices in GAO's Cost Guide. Adherence with the Cost Guide reduces the risk of cost overruns and missed deadlines. GAO's preliminary evaluation indicates that the cost estimates are comprehensive in that they i...
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...
Commuter Rail: Potential Impacts and Cost Estimates for the Cancelled Hudson River Tunnel Project
GAO-12-344: Published: Mar 9, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2012.
Studies estimated that the Access to the Regions Core commuter rail project would have provided mobility benefits, but other benefits would either have been limited or are difficult to measure. According to various studies:The project would have helped meet the projected increase in travel demand and improved mobility by doubling the number of daily peak period trains, and significantly incr...
Federal Transit Programs: Federal Transit Administration Has Opportunities to Improve Performance Accountability
GAO-11-54: Published: Nov 17, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2010.
Public demand and federal funding for transit have grown in recent years, yet most of this funding is not tied to performance. As Congress prepares for reauthorization of the federal surface transportation programs, GAO was asked to report on (1) the extent to which federal transit programs use performance information in making decisions about funding distribution and in evaluating the programs' e...
Highway Public-Private Partnerships: More Rigorous Up-Front Analysis Could Better Secure Potential Benefits and Protect the Public Interest
GAO-08-1149R: Published: Sep 8, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2008.
In February 2008, GAO released a report entitled Highway Public-Private Partnerships: More Rigorous Up-Front Analysis Could Better Secure Potential Benefits and Protect the Public Interest (GAO-08-44) that reviewed: (1) the benefits, costs, and trade-offs of highway public-private partnerships; (2) how public officials have identified and acted to protect the public interest in these arrangements;...
Mass Transit: Information on the Federal Role in Funding the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
GAO-05-358T: Published: Feb 18, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 18, 2005.
In recent years, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has faced serious financial and budgetary problems as well as continuing challenges related to the safety and reliability of its transit services. At the same time, ridership is at an alltime high, and WMATA continues to provide critical services and considerable benefits to the Washington region's economic well-being and...
Mass Transit: FTA Needs to Provide Clear Information and Additional Guidance on the New Starts Ratings Process
GAO-03-701: Published: Jun 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2003.
Under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21 st Century (TEA-21), Congress authorized federal funding for New Starts fixed guideway transit projects--including rail and bus rapid transit projects that met certain criteria. In response to an annual mandate under TEA-21, GAO assessed the New Starts evaluation and ratings process for the fiscal year 2004 cycle, including (1) changes to the process...
Intercity Passenger Rail: Issues for Consideration in Developing an Intercity Passenger Rail Policy
GAO-03-712T: Published: Apr 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2003.
The Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970 created Amtrak to provide intercity passenger rail service because existing railroads found such service unprofitable. Amtrak operates a 22,000-mile network, primarily over freight railroad tracks, providing service to 46 states and the District of Columbia. Most of Amtrak's passengers travel on the Northeast Corridor, which runs between Boston, Massachusetts...
Transportation Infrastructure: Alternative Financing Mechanisms for Surface Transportation
GAO-02-1126T: Published: Sep 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2002.
As Congress considers reauthorizing the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) in 2003, it does so in the face of a continuing need for the nation to invest in its surface transportation infrastructure at a time when both the federal and state governments are experiencing severe financial constraints. As transportation needs have grown, Congress provided states--in the National Hi...