Transportation safety (101 - 110 of 546 items)
Commercial Aviation: Potential Safety and Capacity Issues Associated with the Introduction of the New A380 Aircraft
GAO-07-483: Published: Apr 20, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2007.
Airbus S.A.S. (Airbus), a European aircraft manufacturer, is introducing a new aircraft designated as the A380, which is expected to enter service in late 2007. The A380 will be the largest passenger aircraft in the world, with a wingspan of about 262 feet, a tail fin reaching 80 feet high, and a maximum takeoff weight of 1.2 million pounds. The A380 has a double deck and could seat up to 853 pass...
Federal Aviation Administration: Key Issues in Ensuring the Efficient Development and Safe Operation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System
GAO-07-636T: Published: Mar 22, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2007.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operates one of the safest air transportation systems in the world. It is, however, a system under strain. The skies are becoming more crowded every day, with an estimated 1 billion passengers per year expected by 2015. The current aviation system cannot be expanded to meet this growth. The reauthorization of FAA is an opportunity to examine how the agency...
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...
Underinflated Tires in the United States
GAO-07-246R: Published: Feb 9, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2007.
More than a quarter of automobiles and about a third of light trucks (including sport utility vehicles, vans, and pickup trucks) on the roadways of the United States have one or more tires underinflated 8 pounds per square inch (psi) or more below the level recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, according to a report by the Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Adm...
Federal Aviation Administration: Challenges Facing the Agency in Fiscal Year 2008 and Beyond
GAO-07-490T: Published: Feb 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 2007.
FAA operates one of the safest air transportation systems in the world. It is, however, a system under strain. The skies over America are becoming more crowded every day. FAA faces the daunting task of safely integrating a growing influx of passengers and aircraft into the system and simultaneously leading the transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)--a complicated eff...
Passenger Rail Security: Enhanced Federal Leadership Needed to Prioritize and Guide Security Efforts
GAO-07-225T: Published: Jan 18, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2007.
The July 2005 London subway bombings and July 2006 rail attacks in Mumbai, India dramatically revealed the vulnerability of passenger rail and other surface transportation systems worldwide to terrorist attack and demonstrated the need for increased focus on the security of these systems. This testimony, which is based primarily on GAO's September 2005 report on passenger rail security (GAO-05-851...
National Transportation Safety Board: Progress Made, Yet Management Practices, Investigation Priorities, and Training Center Use Should Be Improved
GAO-07-118: Published: Nov 22, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2006.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plays a vital role in advancing transportation safety by investigating accidents, determining their causes, and issuing safety recommendations. To support its mission, NTSB's training center, which opened in 2003, provides training to NTSB investigators and others. It is important that NTSB use its resources efficiently to carry out its mission. GAO...
Commercial Space Launches: FAA Needs Continued Planning and Monitoring to Oversee the Safety of the Emerging Space Tourism Industry
GAO-07-16: Published: Oct 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 2006.
In 2004, the successful launches of SpaceShipOne raised the possibility of an emerging U.S. commercial space tourism industry that would make human space travel available to the public. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has responsibility for safety and industry promotion, licenses operations of commercial space launches and launch sites. To allow the industry to grow, Congress proh...
Aviation Safety: FAA's Safety Efforts Generally Strong but Face Challenges
GAO-06-1091T: Published: Sep 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2006.
The U.S. commercial aviation industry has had an extraordinary safety record in recent years. However, expected increases in air-traffic--including the introduction of new vehicles into the national airspace, such as unmanned vehicles and very light jets--and human resource issues, present challenges that have the potential to strain the existing safety oversight system. GAO's testimony focuses on...
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 (...