GAO examined bus rehabilitation issues to: (1) determine the costs and benefits of bus rehabilitation; (2) analyze the Urban Mass Transportation Administration's (UMTA) bus rehabilitation policies; and (3) review UMTA efforts to determine the costs and benefits of bus rehabilitation.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Transportation||1. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, UMTA, to make the funding formula for bus rehabilitation identical to that for new bus purchases until the results of its cost-benefit study are known.|
|Department of Transportation||2. The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, UMTA, to revise its proposed cost-benefit study of rehabilitation to include a comparison of the performance and cost of new as well as rehabilitated buses, a sufficient sample size, and a time frame for data collection which would allow for recognizing changes in new and rehabilitated operation and maintenance costs.|