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Transportation Infrastructure: Limited Improvement in Bridge Conditions over the Past Decade, but Financial Challenges Remain
GAO-13-713T: Published: Jun 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2013.
There has been limited improvement in bridge conditions in the past decade, but a substantial number of bridges remain in poor condition. Of the 607,380 bridges on the nation's roadways in 2012, 1 in 4 was classified as deficient. Some are structurally deficient and have one or more components in poor condition and others are functionally obsolete and may no longer be adequate for the traffic they...
Aviation Safety: FAA Efforts Have Improved Safety, but Challenges Remain in Key Areas
GAO-13-442T: Published: Apr 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2013.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for approving the design and airworthiness of new aircraft and equipment before they are introduced into service. FAA approves changes to aircraft and equipment based on evaluation of industry submissions against standards set forth in federal aviation regulations and related guidance documents. In September 2011, we reported that, overall,...
Department of Transportation: Key Issues and Management Challenges, 2013
GAO-13-402T: Published: Mar 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2013.
Leveraging surface transportation investments to further national interests: The Department of Transportation (DOT) faces several challenges leveraging investment in surface transportation networks to meet national goals and priorities. For example, DOT has to transition to a goal-oriented, performance-based approach for highway and transit programs, as required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in...
Pipeline Safety: Better Data and Guidance Needed to Improve Pipeline Operator Incident Response
GAO-13-168: Published: Jan 23, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2013.
The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has an opportunity to improve the ability of pipeline operators to respond to incidents by developing a performance-based approach for incident response times. The ability of transmission pipeline operators to respond to incidents--such as leaks and ruptures--is affected by numerous variables, s...
ADA Paratransit Services: Demand Has Increased, but Little is Known about Compliance
GAO-13-17: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
Little is known about the extent of transit agencies' compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit service requirements. FTA does receive some assurance that agencies are complying with federal statutes and regulations, including ADA paratransit requirements, because transit agencies that receive FTA funding are required to self-certify and assure that they are complying w...
General Aviation Safety: Additional FAA Efforts Could Help Identify and Mitigate Safety Risks
GAO-13-36: Published: Oct 4, 2012. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 2012.
The number of nonfatal and fatal general aviation accidents decreased from 1999 through 2011; more than 200 fatal accidents occurred in each of those years. Airplanesparticularly single-engine piston airplanesflying personal operations were most often involved in accidents. Most general aviation accidents are attributed to pilot error and involved a loss of aircraft control. Some segments of t...
Aviation Safety: FAA Has An Opportunity to Enhance Safety and Improve Oversight of Initial Pilot Training
GAO-12-537T: Published: Mar 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2012.
FAAs pilot training requirements for certification of commercial pilots are not aligned with airline operations or emphasize skills that airlines consider important for greater aviation safety.Requirements do not emphasize training in decision-making, although this skill is essential to the airline pilot profession. According to FAA and other stakeholders, the regulations regarding ground sc...
National Transportation Safety Board's Implementation of GAO Recommendations
GAO-12-306R: Published: Jan 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2012.
NTSB has fully implemented all of the 21 recommendations we have made to the agency since 2006. After assessing NTSBs progress since our 2010 report, we conclude that NTSB has now fully implemented the 12 recommendations not previously closed. Among the actions NTSB took since January 2010 are the following:developed a strategic training plan that is aligned with its revised strategic plan,e...
Motor Carrier Safety: More Assessment and Transparency Could Enhance Benefits of New Oversight Program
GAO-11-858: Published: Sep 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2011.
Over 3,600 people in this country died in 2009 as a result of crashes involving large commercial trucks and buses. Until recently the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and its state partners tracked the safety of motor carriers--companies that own these vehicles--by conducting resource-intensive compliance reviews of a small percentage of carriers. In 2004, FMCSA began its Compli...
Traffic and Vehicle Safety: Reauthorization Offers Opportunities to Extend Recent Progress
GAO-11-866T: Published: Jul 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2011.
Traffic fatalities and fatality rates have substantially decreased over the last 10 years, yet far too many people continue to be killed or injured on the nation's roadways. In addition, auto safety defect recalls are on the rise. On average, about 70 percent of vehicles subject to a recall are fixed, leaving the remainder to continue posing risks to vehicle owners, passengers, and pedestrians. Th...