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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...
Federal-Aid Highways: Trends, Effect on State Spending, and Options for Future Program Design
GAO-04-802: Published: Aug 31, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2004.
In 2004, both houses of Congress approved separate legislation to reauthorize the federal-aid highway program to help meet the Nation's surface transportation needs, enhance mobility, and promote economic growth. Both bills also recognized that the Nation faces significant transportation challenges in the future, and each established a National Commission to assess future revenue sources for the H...
Highway Projects--Extent of Unobligated Balances for Demonstration Projects as of April 30, 2004
GAO-04-935R: Published: Aug 18, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 2004.
Congress has provided funding for numerous highway demonstration projects in legislation authorizing surface transportation programs as well as in annual appropriations acts for the Department of Transportation (DOT). In some cases, the projects are identified in the legislation itself. In others, they are identified in committee reports accompanying the legislation. These projects are all designa...
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,...
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...
Surface and Maritime Transportation: Challenges and Strategies for Enhancing Mobility
GAO-02-1132T: Published: Sep 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2002.
The scope of the U.S. surface and maritime transportation systems--which primarily includes roads, mass transit systems, railroads, and ports and waterways--is vast. One of the major goals of these systems is to provide and enhance mobility. With increasing passenger and freight travel, the surface and maritime transportation systems face a number of challenges in ensuring continued mobility. Thes...
Highway Infrastructure: Preliminary Information on the Timely Completion of Highway Construction Projects
GAO-02-1067T: Published: Sep 19, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2002.
The United States is the most mobile nation on the planet. Constructing, improving, and repairing roads and bridges is fundamental to meeting the nation's mobility needs to facilitate commerce, national defense, and pleasure use and to promote economic growth. Therefore, it is important that highway projects using federal financial support are completed in as timely a manner as possible. According...
Highway Projects: Extent of Unobligated Balances for Demonstration Projects as of March 31, 2002
GAO-02-721R: Published: Jun 5, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2002.
Congress has provided funding for numerous highway demonstration projects in legislation authorizing surface transportation programs as well as annual appropriations acts for the Department of Transportation (DOT). In some cases, the projects are identified in the legislation itself. In others, they are identified in committee reports accompanying the legislation. These projects are all designated...
Highway Projects: Extent of Unobligated Balances for Demonstration Projects
GAO-01-985R: Published: Aug 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2001.
Congress has funded many highway demonstration projects either through legislation authorizing surface transportation programs or annual appropriations for the Department of Transportation. As of April 2001, 28 highway demonstration projects with unobligated balances were no longer needed by the states because, according to the Federal Highway Administration, the projects are completed. These proj...
Surface Infrastructure: Costs, Financing and Schedules for Large-Dollar Transportation Projects
RCED-98-64: Published: Feb 12, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the costs, financing, and schedules for large-dollar transportation projects, focusing on eight projects that will play critical roles in the infrastructure networks of six urban areas in the United States.GAO noted that: (1) in 1997, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system began construction on an 8-mile extension of its existing system to provide trans...