The main purpose of this study was to provide an in-depth analysis of the Department of Transportation's (DOT's) organization and structure and to develop specific recommendations as to whether new organizational or structural alignments for surface transportation activities are required for the nation's surface transportation goals and policies to be fully and successfully implemented. The study was conducted by the National Academy of Public Administration's Panel on Surface Transportation Organization. The report has four chapters. Chapter 1 discusses the study purpose, how the study was conducted, and previous efforts to evaluate surface transportation organization. The remaining chapters cover the report's three primary topics. Chapter 2 summarizes the evolving surface transportation context. An analysis is presented on how DOT currently addresses surface transportation issues and how its counterparts (or clients) at the state and local levels manage their transportation activities and needs. This chapter further describes the Department's current activities that respond to the National Transportation Policy (NTP) goals and how current DOT initiatives encourage cross-modal communication and action. Finally, Chapter 2 includes summaries of the laws authorizing surface transportation programs, both current and proposed. Chapter 3 presents the results of the Panel's deliberations on its criteria for surface transportation organization. The development of the criteria is described further, and a discussion is presented on how the current and proposed surface transportation organization meets the criteria and the challenges that lie ahead for surface transportation in the nation. It is in this chapter that the Panel lays a foundation for exploring the feasibility of establishing a Surface Transportation Administration. Chapter 4 closes out the report by presenting the Panel's observations, conclusions and recommendations.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Academy of Public Administration

    1120 G Street, NW, Suite 540
    Washington, DC  United States  20005
  • Publication Date: 1991-8

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 120 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00616402
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1991 12:00AM