Federal aid for transportation (41 - 50 of 57 items)
Job Access and Reverse Commute: Program Status and Potential Effects of Proposed Legislative Changes
GAO-04-934R: Published: Aug 20, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 2004.
The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) authorized the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program to increase the transportation options of low-income workers. The act created JARC, in part because, as the act states, two-thirds of all new jobs were located in the suburbs, while three-fourths of welfare recipients lived in rural areas or central cities, and even in metropoli...
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...
Mass Transit: FTA Needs to Better Define and Assess Impact of Certain Policies on New Starts Program
GAO-04-748: Published: Jun 25, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2004.
The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and subsequent legislation authorized about $8.3 billion in guaranteed funding for the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) New Starts program, which funds fixed guideway transit projects, such as rail and trolley projects, through FFGAs. GAO assessed the New Starts process for the fiscal year 2005 cycle. GAO identified (1) the number o...
Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Federal Agencies Are Taking Steps to Assist States and Local Agencies in Coordinating Transportation Services
GAO-04-420R: Published: Feb 24, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2004.
In June 2003, we reported that over 60 federal programs can fund transportation services for certain "transportation-disadvantaged" populations (such as some elderly persons, persons with disabilities, or low-income persons) that lack the ability to provide their own transportation or have difficulty accessing conventional public transportation, but that several obstacles impede coordination of th...
Transportation Programs: Opportunities for Oversight and Improved Use of Taxpayer Funds
GAO-03-1040T: Published: Jul 22, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2003.
It is important to ensure that longterm spending on transportation programs meets the goals of increasing mobility and improving transportation safety. In this testimony, GAO discusses what recently completed work on four transportation programs suggests about challenges and strategies for improving the oversight and use of taxpayer funds. These four programs are (1) the federal-aid highway progra...
Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Some Coordination Efforts Among Programs Providing Transportation Services, but Obstacles Persist
GAO-03-697: Published: Jun 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2003.
Millions of Americans are unable to provide their own transportation--or even use public transportation--for Medicaid appointments, Head Start classes, job training, or other services. Such "transportation disadvantaged" persons are often disabled, elderly, or low income. Various federal programs are authorized to provide transportation services to them. GAO was asked to (1) identify the federal p...
Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Many Federal Programs Fund Transportation Services, but Obstacles to Coordination Persist
GAO-03-698T: Published: May 1, 2003. Publicly Released: May 1, 2003.
Numerous federal government programs provide assistance to "transportation-disadvantaged" individuals--those who are unable to provide their own transportation as a result of a disability, an age-related condition, or an income constraint. The assistance is provided to help these populations connect with services such as health and medical care, employment and training activities, and education pr...
Transportation Research: Actions Needed to Improve Coordination and Evaluation of Research
GAO-03-500: Published: May 1, 2003. Publicly Released: May 1, 2003.
The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) within the Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for coordinating and ensuring the evaluation of DOT research programs to promote the efficient use of departmental research funds, which in fiscal year 2002 totaled over $1 billion. RSPA is also responsible for conducting multimodal research that cuts across different modes of trans...
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...
Highway Research: Systematic Selection and Evaluation Processes Needed for Research Program
GAO-02-573: Published: May 24, 2002. Publicly Released: May 24, 2002.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has received hundreds of millions of dollars for its surface transportation research and technology program during the past decade. For example, in 1998 the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, included over $447 million for fiscal year 2002 for FHWA's transportation research and technology efforts for six-year period of 1998 through 2003. FHWA...