Category Archives: Transportation

Abandoned Boats! Who Responds to Abandoned and Derelict Boats and other Vessels?

Abandoned and derelict recreational boats, fishing boats, and barges can block U.S. waterways and pose threats to the environment and public health—as fuel and hazardous material can leak into the water when these boats and other types of vessels deteriorate. … Continue reading

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The Surge Sealift Fleet—Shipping Military Supplies For Any Major Event

More than 90% of military equipment, supplies, and fuel travels by sea. When the military deploys anywhere, the demand for naval transportation grows. Additional shipping capacity must be ready to assist in any major event, ranging from a natural disaster … Continue reading

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GAO Nerds Out for Comic-Con

Is it any surprise that GAO auditors know some things about Comic-Con? (It shouldn’t be.) To mark the start of this annual convention, here’s a look at some of our work through the lens of superheroes, adventurers, and other Comic-Con … Continue reading

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Help for International Air Travelers?

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the peak summer travel season, when the highest volumes of international travelers arrive at U.S. international airports, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. CBP and airport and airline stakeholders have taken a … Continue reading

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Technology in Transit

Do you use public transportation? If so, you may have noticed that your trips are more high-tech than they used to be. That’s because transit agencies are using Intelligent Transportation Systems—like computer-aided dispatch and automatic vehicle location—to help make your … Continue reading

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Transportation Security of Radioactive Sources (podcast)

Since September 11, 2001, concerns have been raised that medical, industrial, and research related radioactive materials could be stolen by terrorists and used to create a “dirty bomb.” As such, transportation security of high-risk radioactive materials is particularly important, and … Continue reading

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Planning of Metrorail’s SafeTrack Projects (podcast)

In response to serious safety concerns regarding Washington, DC’s Metrorail system, in May 2016 the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority started SafeTrack—a large-scale rehabilitation project. Along with addressing immediate safety concerns, SafeTrack was intended to tackle a backlog of track … Continue reading

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Vehicle Safety – A Closer Look

Driving is one of the riskiest things most Americans do. There were more than 5.5 million vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2013—killing more than 32,000 people and injuring another 2.3 million. You may remember getting your car inspected for … Continue reading

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Opportunity Knocks, 36,000 Feet in the Air

On December 17th, 1903, two brothers took to the skies. Orville and Wilbur Wright’s 12-second inaugural flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina launched a revolution that would affect everything from war to commerce to vacations. For National Aviation Day—established by … Continue reading

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Making Cycling and Walking Safer

If you biked or walked to work today, you’re not alone. Nearly a million more people reported walking or biking to work in 2013 than in 2005. This week is Bike to Work Week, so the WatchBlog is taking a … Continue reading

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