Status of the Center City Commuter Connection Project, Philadelphia, PA

MASAD-82-1: Published: Oct 6, 1981. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 1981.

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GAO examined the status of the Center City Commuter Connection Project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which will link two commuter rail lines currently in operation. The project is primarily financed with a capital assistance grant from the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA).

GAO found that the costs of other related projects not part of the Center City Commuter Connection construction grant had not been determined and, therefore, were not considered when the grant was awarded. When these costs are considered, the cost of the project is substantially increased. Further, UMTA and Philadelphia city officials have not ensured that all grant conditions have been met. In addition, current operating problems in Philadelphia's commuter rail system have led to decreased ridership which, if it continues, would make the value of the tunnel questionable.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration to assist the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in determining ways to reduce operating costs so that commuter rail ridership can be maintained and the use of the tunnel can be ensured.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA) to require the UMTA Philadelphia regional office to increase its monitoring efforts to ensure that all grant conditions are met.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration to identify and consider all costs of related projects when making grant awards.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

 

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