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09-01-2014
Catching Up: Greater Focus Needed to Achieve a More Competitive Infrastructure

This report provides a historical accounting of infrastructure investment and offers a “whole picture” assessment that is important to the well-being and growth of the manufacturing economy. The report provides new evidence on the state of private-sector infrastructure and offers additional data concerning the deteriorating state of U.S. public infrastructure.

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09-01-2014
GAO Surface Transportation Report Department of Transportation Should Measure the Overall Performance and Outcomes of the TIGER Discretionary Grant Program

A report to the Ranking Member,Committee on Environment and Public Works, U.S. Senate on Surface Transportation recommending that the Department of Transportation Should Measure the Overall Performance and Outcomes of the TIGER Discretionary Grant Program

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09-01-2014
Developing National Strategy Would Benefit from Added Focus on Community Congestion Impacts

Projected increases in the transport of freight by rail and truck may produce economic benefits but also increase traffic congestion in communities. MAP-21, which contains a number of provisions designed to enhance freight mobility, is currently before Congress for reauthorization. GAO was asked to review trends in freight flows and any related traffic-congestion impacts. This report addresses among other things: (1) recent changes in U.S. rail and truck freight flows and the extent to which related traffic congestion is reported to impact communities, and (2) the extent to which DOT’s efforts to implement MAP-21 address freight related traffic congestion in communities. GAO analyzed rail data from 2007 through 2012 and highway data from 2010 and 2012 and reviewed 24 freight-related traffic congestion mitigation projects at 12 locations selected on the basis of different geographical locations and sizes. The results are not generalizable. GAO also reviewed federal laws and interviewed

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