GAO Report On Highway And Transit Investments

A new GAO report explores improving information on transit projects' benefits and costs and increasing accountability for results.
January 26, 2005, 1pm PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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In this new report, Highway and Transit Investments: Options for Improving Information on Projects' Benefits and Costs and Increasing Accountability for Results Report (#GAO-05-172), the U.S. General Accounting Office identifies (1) the categories of benefits and costs that can be attributed to new highway and transit investments and the challenges in measuring them; (2) how state, local, and regional decision makers consider the benefits and costs of new highway and transit investments when comparing alternatives; (3) the extent to which investments meet their projected outcomes; and (4) options to improve the information available to decision makers.

Several options exist to improve the information available to decision makers about new highway and transit investments and to make analytic information more integral to decision making. These options, such as improving modeling techniques and evaluating the outcomes of completed projects, focus on improving the value this information can have to decision makers and holding agencies accountable for results. Even if steps are taken to improve the analytic information available to decision makers, however, overarching issues, such as the structure of the federal highway and transit programs, will affect the extent to which this information is used. Nevertheless, the increased use of economic analysis, such as benefit-cost analysis, could improve the information available, and ultimately, lead to better-informed transportation investment decision making.

[Editor's note: This link is to a 1.13 MB PDF document.]

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Published on Monday, January 24, 2005 in U.S. General Accounting Office
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