The Department of Transportation's Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA) provides funds both to purchase new buses and rehabilitate old buses. Recently, UMTA recoognized need to study the costs and benefits of rehabilitating buses. GAO believes that UMTA's planned study design needs several changes that would make the study more useful in developing UMTA's bus rehabilitation policy. UMTA's funding formula favors new bus purchases. Until UMTA's cost-benefit study is completed, GAO recommends that UMTA make its rehabilitation funding formula identical to the formula for new bus purchases so that UMTA's funding does not unduly influence transit authority's decision to buy new buses or rehabilitate existing buses. The Department agreed to make the new and rehabilitated buses' funding formulas identical and address some of GAO's concerns with its cost-benefit study.

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  • Accession Number: 00386355
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO/RCED-84-81
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1984 12:00AM