Public roads or highways (101 - 110 of 361 items)
Highway Safety: Federal and State Efforts to Address Rural Road Safety Challenges
GAO-04-663: Published: May 28, 2004. Publicly Released: May 28, 2004.
Traffic crashes are a major cause of death and injury in the United States. In 2002, there were 42,815 fatalities and over 2.9 million injuries on the nation's highways. Crashes on rural roads (roads in areas with populations of less than 5,000) account for over 60 percent of the deaths nationwide, or about 70 deaths each day. Further, the rate of fatalities per vehicle mile traveled on rural road...
Highways and Transit: Private Sector Sponsorship of and Investment in Major Projects Has Been Limited
GAO-04-419: Published: Mar 25, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2004.
Many in Congress, as well as many transportation experts, believe more money needs to be spent to keep up with the country's surface transportation needs. As Congress considers reauthorization of the nation's surface transportation laws, many observers believe increased private participation and investment in transportation can help meet these needs. GAO was asked to examine cases where state and...
Freight Transportation: Strategies Needed to Address Planning and Financing Limitations
GAO-04-165: Published: Dec 19, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 2004.
The strong productivity gains in the U.S. economy have hinged in part on transportation networks working more efficiently. The nation's ports, which handle 95 percent of overseas freight tonnage, are a key link in this network, and efficient intermodal links between ship, rail, and highways are vital to continued productivity gains. GAO was asked to address (1) the challenges to freight mobility,...
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...
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...
Highway Infrastructure: Stakeholders' Views on Time to Conduct Environmental Reviews of Highway Projects
GAO-03-534: Published: May 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2003.
The federal government has a long-term commitment to helping states construct, improve, and repair roads and bridges to meet the nation's mobility needs. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) expects to provide states about $20 billion for highway construction projects in fiscal year 2003. State departments of transportation are primarily responsible for initiating and completing projects. Man...
Trends in Federal and State Capital Investment in Highways
GAO-03-744R: Published: Jun 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2003.
Amid projections that freight traffic will increase 65 percent by 2020 and that traffic congestion will worsen, many transportation officials are concerned about the challenge of maintaining and improving the condition and performance of the nation's highway infrastructure. In 1998, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century increased funding for highways by 27 percent in real terms over t...
Trends in State Capital Investment in Highways, an E-supplement to GAO-03-744R
GAO-03-915SP: Published: Jun 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2003.
This publication presents state-by-state information on trends in state and local expenditures for capital projects on highways, state and local levels of investment compared with measures of highway use and income, and state sources of funding from 1982 through 2000. The trend information is also compared with federal levels of investment and state averages. This report is the companion to our re...
Highway Infrastructure: Perceptions of Stakeholders on Approaches to Reduce Highway Project Completion Time
GAO-03-398: Published: Apr 9, 2003. Publicly Released: May 12, 2003.
Constructing, improving, and repairing roads is fundamental to meeting the nation's mobility needs. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) supplies most of the money (about $20 billion in fiscal year 2003), and state departments of transportation are primarily responsible for completing projects. Many federal and state agencies (called resource agencies) help ensure that environmental and other...
Federal-Aid Highways: Cost and Oversight of Major Highway and Bridge Projects--Issues and Options
GAO-03-764T: Published: May 8, 2003. Publicly Released: May 8, 2003.
Improving the oversight and controlling the costs of major highway and bridge projects is important for the federal government, which often pays 80 percent of these projects' costs. Widespread consensus exists on the need to fund such projects, given the doubling of freight traffic and worsening congestion projected over the next 20 years, yet growing competition for limited federal and state fund...