Public roads or highways (81 - 90 of 361 items)
Federal-Aid Highways: Increased Reliance on Contractors Can Pose Oversight Challenges for Federal and State Officials
GAO-08-198: Published: Jan 8, 2008. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 2008.
Pressure on state and local governments to deliver highway projects and services, and limits on the ability of state departments of transportation (state DOT) to increase staff levels have led those departments to contract out a variety of highway activities to the private sector. As requested, this report addresses (1) recent trends in the contracting of state highway activities, (2) factors that...
Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Highway Trust Fund Excise Taxes
GAO-08-202R: Published: Nov 2, 2007. Publicly Released: Nov 2, 2007.
We have performed the procedures contained in the enclosure to this report, which we agreed to perform and with which the Department of Trasnportation (DOT) concurred, solely to assist your office in ascertaining whether the net excise tax revenue distributed to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007, is supported by the underlying records. As agreed with your of...
Highway and Transit Investments: Flexible Funding Supports State and Local Transportation Priorities and Multimodal Planning
GAO-07-772: Published: Jul 26, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2007.
The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 introduced two highway programs--the Surface Transportation Program (STP) and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program (CMAQ)--that may be used on both highway and transit projects and that are referred to as "flexible funding" for the purposes of this report. GAO was asked to examine (1) the degree to which STP and CMAQ funding...
Surface Transportation: Strategies Are Available for Making Existing Road Infrastructure Perform Better
GAO-07-920: Published: Jul 26, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2007.
For the past several decades, the capacity of the nation's road network has not grown fast enough to keep pace with demand. The increasing congestion is apparent to millions of commuters and freight operators. Although road building is perhaps the most familiar antidote, Congress, the Department of Transportation (DOT), and transportation research have emphasized the need to more efficiently use t...
Older Driver Safety: Knowledge Sharing Should Help States Prepare for Increase in Older Driver Population
GAO-07-413: Published: Apr 11, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2007.
As people age, their physical, visual, and cognitive abilities may decline, making it more difficult for them to drive safely. Older drivers are also more likely to suffer injuries or die in crashes than drivers in other age groups. These safety issues will increase in significance because older adults represent the fastest-growing U.S. population segment. GAO examined (1) what the federal governm...
Older Driver Safety: Survey of States on Their Implementation of Federal Highway Administration Recommendations and Guidelines (GAO-07-517SP), an E-supplement to GAO-07-413
GAO-07-517SP: Published: Apr 11, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2007.
This is the companion product to GAO-07-413. This document presents selected results of GAO's survey of the departments of transportation (DOT) in 50 states and the District of Columbia to obtain information on the extent to which states have implemented practices to make roads safer for older drivers. The questions in our survey were posed to obtain information on the extent to which states have...
Performance and Accountability: Transportation Challenges Facing Congress and the Department of Transportation
GAO-07-545T: Published: Mar 6, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2007.
A safe, efficient, and convenient transportation system is integral to the health of our economy and quality of life. Our nation's vast transportation system of airways, railways, roads, pipelines, transit, and waterways has served this need, yet it is under considerable strain from (1) increasing congestion, (2) the large costs to maintain and improve it, and (3) the human cost of over 44,000 peo...
Highway Emergency Relief: Reexamination Needed to Address Fiscal Imbalance and Long-term Sustainability
GAO-07-245: Published: Feb 23, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2007.
Since 1972, Congress has authorized $100 million a year for highway disaster recovery needs through the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Emergency Relief (ER) program. Increasingly, the program's actual costs have exceeded this amount, and Congress has provided additional funding. Because of this fiscal imbalance between program funding and program needs, we reviewed ER under the Comptrolle...
Truck Safety: Share the Road Safely Pilot Initiative Showed Promise, but the Program's Future Success Is Uncertain
GAO-06-916: Published: Sep 8, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2006.
In 2004, over 5,000 people died on our nation's roads in crashes involving large trucks. The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) operates truck safety programs, including Share the Road Safely (STRS), which has a goal to improve driving behavior around large trucks. At congressional direction, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (...
Public Transportation: New Starts Program Is in a Period of Transition
GAO-06-819: Published: Aug 30, 2006. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2006.
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) authorized about $7.9 billion in commitment authority, through fiscal year 2009, for the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) New Starts program, which is used to select fixed guideway transit projects, such as rail and trolley projects, and to award full funding grant agreements (FFGAs). The Ne...