state relations (71 - 80 of 84 items)
Deteriorating Highways and Lagging Revenues: A Need To Reassess the Federal Highway Program
CED-81-42: Published: Mar 5, 1981. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1981.
A review was conducted of recent trends in state and federal highway financing, the effects of these trends on state highway programs, and the actions taken or proposed to obtain additional financing.The condition of U.S. highways has been deteriorated. The interstate system has seen the most serious decline with its percentage of miles in poor condition doubling from 1975 to 1978. Billions of dol...
111953: Mar 28, 1980
GAO reported on consumers' auto repair problems in an effort to help clarify the federal role in dealing with them, including the relationship of federal agencies to state and local governments. The most serious problems are faulty repairs, unnecessary repairs, and unanticipated repair costs. GAO believes these problems are most directly caused by a shortage of skilled mechanics and by questionabl...
Federal Efforts To Reduce Red Tape in Highway Construction Have Had Limited Success
107342: Aug 18, 1978
The Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA) Certification Acceptance Procedure was established as an alternative procedure for administering federally financed construction of highways. Under this procedure, the Secretary of Transportation may transfer certain of his duties for administering federal-aid highways to the states in order to reduce the level of federal involvement and the amount of pa...
The National Driver Register: A Valuable Licensing Tool That Needs To Be Improved
CED-78-129: Published: Jun 15, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1978.
The National Driver Register (NDR) was authorized in 1960 to provide state driver licensing authorities with a central index of relevant information pertaining to individuals who have had their driving privileges suspended or revoked. Participation in the program is voluntary, and all states, territories, and federal agencies can participate; however, NDR information can only be provided to these...
Making Future Transportation Decisions: Intermodal Planning Needed
CED-78-74: Published: Mar 16, 1978. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1978.
Recognizing that they cannot continue to focus on the isolated needs of individual transportation modes, federal, state, and local governments have begun to take a broader approach to planning their transportation programs and to consider each mode as an integral part of an overall transportation system. This broader planning perspective is called intermodal.The federal government has taken some p...
Obstacles to Billboard Removal
CED-78-38: Published: Feb 27, 1978. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1978.
The Highway Beautification Act of 1965 encouraged States to control outdoor advertising according to national standards and provided for the forfeit of 10 percent of Federal highway funds for noncompliance. The Act exempts signs which are located on-premise or in zoned and unzoned industrial and commerical areas and meet State permit requirements as to size, lighting, and spacing.Since the Act's p...
Highway Construction Zone Safety: Not Yet Achieved
CED-78-10: Published: Dec 23, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 1977.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHwA) has expressed concern about construction zone safety for over 11 years, but this concern has not always been reflected in the safety provisions made by state highway agencies.Unsafe conditions existed at all of the 26 construction sites visited in seven states. Designs for worksite safety varied widely from state to state and from project to project. Altho...
Federal Interests Should Receive More Consideration under the Forest Highway Program
CED-77-130: Published: Oct 13, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 1977.
The Forest Highway Program, as currently administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHwA) and the Forest Service, is not meeting the Forest Service's needs for managing the national forest resources.Forest highways total about 22,000 miles and are of special federal interest because they link the national forests to the federal-aid highway system. Congress, in establishing the Forest High...
Speed Limit 55: Is It Achievable?
CED-77-27: Published: Feb 14, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 1977.
The national 55 mile per hour (mph) speed limit law was enacted as a fuel conservation measure after the 1973 Arab oil embargo, and secondarily, to improve highway safety. Its effectiveness was evaluated from Department of Transportation (DOT) information, meetings with law enforcement and highway officials in five states, and discussions with regional safety administration offices.During the firs...
The Appalachian Development Highway System in West Virginia: Too Little Funding Too Late?
PSAD-76-155: Published: Nov 3, 1976. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 1976.
The status of the Appalachian Development Highway System in West Virginia is described, and factors preventing its timely completion are identified. The Highway System was authorized to overcome the region's isolation and to encourage economic growth.Estimated costs rose from $618 million in 1966 to $1,573 million by January 1976, and, although all West Virginia highway corridors were to be comple...