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Highway Safety: Federal and State Efforts Related to Accidents That Involve Non-Commercial Vehicles Carrying Unsecured Loads
GAO-13-24: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) collects limited information on crashes involving vehicles carrying unsecured loads but plans to make changes to collect better information. Currently, NHTSA collects some data in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the National Automotive Sampling System General Estimates System. However, the systems do not currently have a data ca...
Information on Materials and Practices for Improving Highway Pavement Performance
GAO-13-32R: Published: Nov 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2012.
The nation's more than 4 million miles of roads are key to the economy, facilitating the movement of goods and people. Although highways are highly durable and can last for decades, they deteriorate from traffic wear and tear, inadequate drainage, construction deficiencies, and weather. Keeping them in good condition requires substantial resources: public entities spent more than $180 billion in 2...
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...
Maritime Infrastructure: Opportunities Exist to Improve the Effectiveness of Federal Efforts to Support the Marine Transportation System
GAO-13-80: Published: Nov 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2012.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) use a variety of programs to maintain and improve Marine Transportation System (MTS) infrastructure. The Corps is the lead federal agency responsible for maintaining and improving navigable waterways. Corps data show that obligations for navigable waterways have decreased from over $3 billion in fiscal year 2009 to...
Surface Transportation: Financing Program Could Benefit from Increased Performance Focus and Better Communication
GAO-12-641: Published: Jun 21, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2012.
Projects that received credit assistance through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program, administered by the Department of Transportation (DOT), tend to be large, high-cost highway projects. As of April 2012, DOT has executed 27 TIFIA credit agreements for 26 projects with project sponsors such as state DOTs and transit agencies. Overall, DOT has provided near...
Highway Projects: Some Federal and State Practices to Expedite Completion Show Promise
GAO-12-593: Published: Jun 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2012.
The process to complete highway projects is complicated and lengthy due to multiple factors. Specifically, highway projects can involve many stakeholders, including agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the public. These stakeholders perform a number of tasksfor major highway projects, as many as 200 steps from planning to constructionbut their level...
Highway Projects: Survey of State Departments of Transportation (GAO-12-637SP, June 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-593
GAO-12-637SP: Published: Jun 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2012.
This is an E-supplement to GAO-12-593. This e-supplement presents the results of GAO's Web-based survey of state departments of transportation (DOTs) about their perspectives on the benefits and challenges of provisions meant to expedite highway projects established in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and practices the state DOTs...
Kachemak Bay Ferry: Federally Funded Ferry Was Constructed with Limited Oversight and Faces Future Operating Challenges
GAO-12-559: Published: Jun 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2012.
In examining the history of the Kachemak Bay ferry project, GAO found that the Seldovia Village Tribe’s federally funded ferry differs significantly from its original proposal. In 2002, the tribe proposed a vehicle and passenger ferry with year-round service between Homer, Alaska, on the north shore of Kachemak Bay and multiple southern ports, including the city of Seldovia. Federal funding was...
Planning and Flexibility Are Key to Effectively Deploying Broadband Conduit through Federal Highway Projects
GAO-12-687R: Published: Jun 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2012.
A federal dig once policy would likely have several advantages, including potentially decreasing the frequency of construction on major highways and the cost of installation, while accelerating access to and reliability of broadband networks. However, disadvantageswhich could be exacerbated by a requirement to install conduit as part of certain federally funded highway constructionincl...
Highway Infrastructure: Federal-State Partnership Produces Benefits and Poses Oversight Risks
GAO-12-474: Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: May 29, 2012.
Over the years, the federal-aid highway program has expanded to encompass broader goals, more responsibilities, and a variety of approaches. As the program grew more complex, the Federal Highway Administrations (FHWA) oversight role also expanded, while its resources have not kept pace. As GAO has reported, this growth occurred without a well-defined overall vision of evident national intere...