Safety standards (71 - 80 of 157 items)
Mass Transit: WMATA Is Addressing Many Challenges, but Capital Planning Could Be Improved
GAO-01-1161T: Published: Sep 21, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2001.
In recent years, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) public transit system has experienced safety and reliability problems, including equipment breakdowns, delays in scheduled service, unprecedented crowding on trains, and accidents and tunnel fires. WMATA is examining ways to ease crowding on the systems rail cars and determining whether and how to expand Metrorail maint...
Aviation Security: Terrorist Acts Demonstrate Urgent Need to Improve Security at the Nation's Airports
GAO-01-1162T: Published: Sep 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2001.
A safe and secure civil aviation system is a critical component of the nation's overall security, physical infrastructure, and economic foundation. Billions of dollars and myriad programs and policies have been devoted to achieving such a system. Although it is not fully known at this time what actually occurred or what all the weaknesses in the nation's aviation security apparatus are that contri...
Aviation Security: Terrorist Acts Illustrate Severe Weaknesses in Aviation Security
GAO-01-1166T: Published: Sep 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2001.
A safe and secure civil aviation system is critical to the nation's security, physical infrastructure, and economy. Billions of dollars and myriad programs and policies have been devoted to achieving such a system. Although it is not fully known at this time what actually occurred or what all the weaknesses in the nation's aviation security apparatus are that contributed to the horrendous events...
General Aviation: Status of the Industry, Related Infrastructure, and Safety Issues
GAO-01-916: Published: Aug 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2001.
Over the past decade, the booming growth in scheduled commercial airline traffic has tended to obscure developments in another part of the aviation industry--general aviation. General aviation covers all civil aircraft not flown by commercial airlines or the military. In 1994, concerned that general aviation was in decline, Congress passed the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA), which soug...
Performance and Accountability: Challenges Facing the Department of Transportation
GAO-01-443T: Published: Feb 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 2001.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) faces critical challenges in achieving its goals of ensuring the safe and efficient movement of people and goods and in making cost-effective investments in the nation's transportation infrastructure. Many of the challenges GAO identified at DOT are long-standing and will require sustained attention by the new administration and Congress. Although the Departm...
Aviation Security: Additional Controls Needed to Address Weaknesses in Carriage of Weapons Regulations
RCED-00-181: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2000.
GAO provided information on aviation security, focusing on: (1) the frequency with which law enforcement officers carry weapons on board commercial aircraft; and (2) if weapons carriage regulations, both current and proposed, are sufficient to ensure the safety of passengers and the security of the aircraft.GAO noted that: (1) the number of law enforcement officers who fly while armed is unknown b...
Aviation Safety: Safer Skies Initiative Has Taken Initial Steps to Reduce Accident Rates by 2007
RCED-00-111: Published: Jun 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Safer Skies Initiative, focusing on: (1) to what extent addressing the safety problems to be addressed by the initiative will help reduce the fatal accident rate; (2) what progress the initiative has made in identifying and implementing interventions to address each of these safety problems; (3) what prog...
Aviation Security: Slow Progress in Addressing Long-Standing Screener Performance Problems
T-RCED-00-125: Published: Mar 16, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed airport screeners' role in enforcing aviation security, focusing on: (1) the causes of screener performance problems in detecting threat objects; (2) the status of efforts being made by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address these causes; and (3) the screening practices in five other countries as compared with the United States.GAO n...
Transportation Safety: Information Concerning Why a 1980 Aircraft Report Was Not Provided Earlier to the National Transportation Safety Board
OSI-00-2R: Published: Nov 3, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the reasons why a Boeing report entitled Center Wing Fuel Tank Heating Study (also referred to as the Panama Study) dated March 14, 1980, was not provided to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to aid in its investigation of the 1996 Trans World Airlines (TWA) flight 800 crash until June 1999.GAO noted that: (1) Air Force...
Reagan National Airport: Capacity to Handle Additional Flights and Impact on Other Area Airports
RCED-99-234: Published: Sep 17, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1999.
GAO examined the impact of legislative proposals to increase the number of flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on two other area airports-Washington Dulles International (BWI) Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Airport, focusing on: (1) the most prominent proposals that would allow an increased number of takeoffs and landings at Reagan National and create exemptions to...