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Federal Real Property: Public-Private Partnerships Have a Limited Role in Disposal and Management of Unneeded Property
GAO-16-776R: Published: Aug 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2016.
Federal and state agencies have used public-private partnerships to dispose of unneeded property to a limited extent. General Services Administration (GSA) officials stated that public-private partnerships are explored on a case-by-case basis along with other options for disposing of a federal property and that partnerships are considered for fewer than 10 cases each year. While partnerships can t...
Intelligent Transportation Systems: Improved DOT Collaboration and Communication Could Enhance the Use of Technology to Manage Congestion
GAO-12-308: Published: Mar 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2012.
State and local governments currently use ITS technologies in various ways to monitor and control traffic and inform travelers. For example, transportation agencies use cameras to monitor traffic conditions, signal technologies to control traffic flow, and dynamic message signs to inform travelers about travel conditions. By interviewing experts, GAO identified several emerging uses of ITS that ha...
Traffic Congestion: Road Pricing Can Help Reduce Congestion, but Equity Concerns May Grow
GAO-12-119: Published: Jan 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 2012.
DOT approves all congestion pricing projects on roadways that receive federal funds and provides grants for project studies, implementation, and evaluation. Nearly all HOT lane projects and most peak-period pricing projects in operation today received federal funds at one time or another. DOTs largest programs for congestion relief, the Urban Partnership Agreement and Congestion Reduction De...
Transportation Research: The Department of Transportation Has Made Progress in Coordinating and Reviewing Its Research Activities
GAO-09-361T: Published: Feb 12, 2009. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 2009.
Research, development, and technology (RD&T) activities are vital to meeting the Department of Transportation's (DOT) priorities, such as increasing safety, enhancing mobility, and supporting the nation's economic growth. In fiscal year 2008, the department's RD&T budget totaled over $1.1 billion, primarily for highway and aviation projects. Over the years, concerns have been raised about DOT's ca...
Transportation Research: Opportunities for Improving the Oversight of DOT's Research Programs and User Satisfaction with Transportation Statistics
GAO-06-917: Published: Aug 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2006.
The Department of Transportation's (DOT) research, development, and technology (RD&T) budget totaled $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2005. DOT's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)--which includes the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)--oversees DOT's RD&T activities. GAO examined (1) how RITA's responsibilities for overseeing DOT's RD&T activities differ from those of its...
District of Columbia's Department of Transportation's Reorganization and Use of Federal-Aid Funding
GAO-04-644R: Published: May 14, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2004.
The District of Columbia's (the District) transportation system is critical to the District's residents and businesses, the federal government, and the millions of tourists who visit the nation's capital annually. To help build and maintain its bridges and roads, the District receives federal highway funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). All of the District's bridges and about 30 p...
Pipeline Safety: Systematic Process Needed to Evaluate Outcomes of Research and Development Program
GAO-03-746: Published: Jun 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2003.
From 1998 through 2002, a total of 1,770 pipeline accidents occurred, resulting in 100 fatalities and $621 million in property damage. The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) within the Department of Transportation operates a research and development (R&D) program aimed at advancing the most promising technologies for ensuring the safe operation of pipelines. In fiscal year 2003, OPS received $8.7 mil...
Transportation Research: Actions Needed to Improve Coordination and Evaluation of Research
GAO-03-500: Published: May 1, 2003. Publicly Released: May 1, 2003.
The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) within the Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for coordinating and ensuring the evaluation of DOT research programs to promote the efficient use of departmental research funds, which in fiscal year 2002 totaled over $1 billion. RSPA is also responsible for conducting multimodal research that cuts across different modes of trans...
Pipeline Safety: Progress Made, but Significant Requirements and Recommendations Not Yet Complete
GAO-01-1075: Published: Sep 28, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 2001.
In a May 2000 report on the performance of the Department of Transportation's Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS), GAO found that the number of pipeline accidents rose four percent annually from 1989 to 1998--from 190 in 1989 to 280 in 1998. GAO also found that OPS did not implement 22 statutory requirements and 39 recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board. Since GAO's May repor...
Pipeline Safety: The Office of Pipeline Safety Is Changing How It Oversees the Pipeline Industry
RCED-00-128: Published: May 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Transportation Office of Pipeline Safety's (OPS) performance in regulating pipeline safety, focusing on: (1) the extent of major pipeline accidents from 1989 through 1998; (2) OPS' implementation of the 1996 Accountable Pipeline Safety and Partnership Act's risk management demonstration program; (3) OPS' inspection and enforcement...