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Reports Required from USDOT

# Report Description Due Date
1 Obligations
[Sec. 1103(h)]
DOT to report the amounts obligated by each State for federal-aid highways and highway safety construction programs during the past year. Report end of year unobligated balances for each State. Report unobligated balances available for distribution by the Secretary. Report obligation rates by program, funding category, improvement type, State, and sub-State area. Every fiscal year
2 Intermodal Freight Connectors
[Sec. 1106(d)(1)]
DOT to review condition and improvements made since NHS designation to NHS connectors to seaports, airports, and other intermodal frieght transportation facilities. 6/9/2000
3 Interstate Needs
[Sec. 1107(c)]
DOT, with States and affected MPOs, to determine expected condition of the Interstate over the next 10 years; needs of States and MPOs to reconstruct and improve Interstate. Identify resources to maintain and improve Interstate. 1/1/2000
4 National Bicycle Safety Education Curriculum
[Sec. 1202]
DOT to develop a national bicycle safety education curriculum and transmit a copy to Congress. 6/9/1999
5 Participation of Local Elected Officials
[Sec. 1204(i)]
DOT to determine the effectiveness of participation of local elected officials in transportation planning and programming. 6/9/2000
6 Ferry Transportation
[Sec. 1207(c)(2)]
DOT to identify ferry operations in US and possessions. Identify potential ferry routes, and develop information on those routes. Identify potential for high speed ferries and alternative- fueled ferry services. None specified
7 Winter Home Heating Oil Delivery
[Sec. 1211(j)(2)]
DOT to report the results of the Winter Home Heating Oil Delivery State Flexibility program, including an assessment of any impact on public safety. 1 year after pilot program
8 Future Corridor Segment (TN to AR)
[Sec. 1211 (k)]
DOT to determine the feasibility of providing an Interstate quality road that runs south/west generally along US Route 61 and crosses the Mississippi River near Memphis, to Highway 79 and generally along Highway 79 to Pine Bluff, AR. Funding: $500,000 for FY 1999 (HA/HTF) None specified
9 Use of Uniformed Police Officers
[Sec. 1213(c)]
DOT to assess the extent and effectiveness of use by States of uniformed police officers on Federal-aid highway construction projects. 6/9/2000
10 Southwest Border Transportation Infrastructure
[Sec. 1213(d)]
DOT, in consultation with State Dept., Justice Dept., Treasury Dept., Coast Guard, GSA, Int'l Border Commission (US & Mexico), border State DOTs and law enforcement agencies, border municipal governments and DOTs, to comprehensively assess the state of SW border infrastructure. Consider traffic flow, adequacy of transportation border infrastructure, adequacy of border law enforcement and narcotics abatement activities. Assess future border transportation infrastructure demands. Make legislative and administrative recommendations to facilitate legitimate cross-border traffic in the border area, while maintaining the integrity of the border. 6/9/1999
11 Specialized Hauling Vehicles
[Sec. 1213(f)]
DOT to examine the economic, safety, and infrastructure impact of truck weight standards on specialized hauling vehicles. 6/9/2000
12 State Practices on Specific Service Signing
[Sec. 1213(g)]
DOT to determine State practices regarding the eligibility, erection, maintenance, and name removal from specific service food signs. 6/9/1999
13 State Vehicle Weight Enforcement
[Sec. 1213(h)]
DOT to study the effectiveness of State penalties in deterring illegally overweight trucking operations. 6/9/2000
14 Interstate High-Speed Ground Transportation
[Sec. 1213(k)]
DOT to determine feasibility of providing high speed passenger rail service from Atlanta, GA, to Charleston, SC. Assess potential impact of rail service on tourism. 6/9/2000
15 JFK Center Access
[Sec. 1214 (a)]
DOT, with the JFK Center, DOI, and DC, to study methods to improve pedestrian and vehicular access to the JFK Center. Assess environmental, esthetic, economic, and historic impacts of the various methods. Funding: $500,000 for FY 1998 (HA/HTF). 9/30/1999
16 Welcome Center Pilot Project
[Sec. 1217(h)]
DOT to report of results of Georgia’s pilot program of operating a demonstration safety rest area and information center along I-75. 6/9/2000
17 Elimination of Regional Office Responsibilites Implementation Plan
[Sec. 1220(c)]
DOT to submit detailed implementation plan. After the report is submitted, subsequent periodic progress reports should be submitted. 9/30/1998
18 Effectiveness of Design-Build Contracting Procedures
[Sec. 1307(f)]
DOT to assess effectiveness of design-build contracting on project quality, cost and timeliness. Provide recommendations on appropriate level of design for design-build procurements. Assess impact on small businesses. Assess subjectivity in design-build contracting. Provide other recommendations, as needed. 6/9/2003
19 Discretionary Grant Criteria Explanation
[Sec. 1311(b)(2), as added by TEA-21 Restoration Act (technical corrections), P.L. 105-206, Sec. 9004]
DOT to submit a list of the discretionary grant projects selected and an explanation of how the selections were based on criteria established under subsection (a). Quarterly
20 Traffic Flow and Safety Applications of Road Barriers
[Sec. 1402(b)]
DOT to assess technologies and methods to enhance safety, streamline construction, and improve capacity by providing positive separation between traffic, equipment, and workers on highway construction projects. Assess how such technologies can improve capacity and safety on projects where reversible lane, contraflow, and HOV lane operations are used during peak traffic periods. 12/9/1999
21 Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) -- report on projects
[Sec. 1503(a)]
DOT to summarize the financial performance of projects receiving TIFIA assistance. Make recommendations as to whether to continue the program as is, establish a government corporation or government sponsored enterprise to run the program, or phase out the program and rely on market mechanisms. 6/9/2002
22 Highway Safety Education and Information
[Sec. 2001(f)]
DOT to assess the effectiveness of allowing States to purchase television and radio time for highway safety public services messages. None specified
23 Child Passenger Protection and Education Grants
[Sec. 2003(b)(6)]
DOT to report on implementation of the grant program and of the program activities carried out and the materials developed and distributed by the States receiving grants 6/1/2002
24 National Driver Register, Commercial Motor Vehicle Information System Program, and Commercial Driver’s License Information System
[Sec. 2006(c)(3)]
DOT to evaluate the implementation of these programs and identify alternatives to improve ability of States to exchange information about unsafe drivers and drivers with multiple licenses. DOT to conduct, with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, a technology assessment of ways to improve access to and sharing of motor vehicle driver records. Funding: $250,000 for technology assessment. 6/9/2000
25 Blowout Resistant Tires
[Sec. 2007(a) & (c)]
DOT to study benefits to public safety by using blowout resisitant tires on commercial motor vehicles, and on the potential to decrease the incidence of accidents and fatalities from accidents occuring from blown out tires. Funding: $200,000 from 23 USC 403. 6/9/2000
26 School Bus Occupant Safety
[Sec. 2007(b) & (c)]
DOT to assess occupant safety in school buses. Examine available information and analyze options for improving occupant safety. Funding: $200,000 from 23 USC 403. 6/9/2000
27 Fixed Guideway Systems Funding Levels and Allocations
[Sec. 3009(i)]
DOT to report on the proposal on the allocation of the grants and loans given out under this program for new fixed guideways, including evaluations and ratings of projects. First Monday in February, annually
28 Supplemental Report on New Starts
[Sec. 3009(i)]
DOT to evaluate and rate each New Start project that has completed alternatives analysis or preliminary engineering since the last report. The report will include all relevant information, including a financial plan for each project. 8/31/XX, annually
29 Local Share
[Sec. 3011(c)]
DOT to report on fund recipients who have used proceeds from revenue bonds as part of the local matching funds for a capital project. 1/1/2003
30 International Mass Transportation Program
[Sec. 3015(a)]
DOT to report on the activities funded under this program. 1/1/XX, annually
31 Intercity Rail Infrastructure Investment Pilot Program
[Sec. 3021]
DOT to report on the pilot program. Evaluate the effects of the pilot program on alternative forms of transportation in Oklahoma. Evaluate effect of the program on mass transit operators and passengers. Calculate amount of federal assistance provided under this section transferrred for intercity passenger rail service. Estimate benefits to intercity passenger rail service, including number of passengers served, number of route miles covered, and number of localities served. 1/1/2002
32 Contracting Out Mass Transit Operation and Administrative Functions
[Sec. 3032(b)]
DOT to report on the results of the NAS/TRB study on contracting out mass transit operation and adminstrative functions. Funding: $250,000 (MTA/HTF) to conduct study. 9/9/2000
33 Urbanized Area Formula
[Sec. 3033]
DOT to determine whether the formula for apportioning funds to urbanized areas under 49 USC 5336 accurately reflects the transit needs of urbanized areas. If it does not reflect these needs, DOT to evaluate formula changes or other mechanisms to reflect that some urbanized areas of 50,000 to 200,000 population have transit systems that carry more passengers per mile or per hour than the average of those transit systems in urbanized areas of over 200,000 population. 12/31/1999
34 Access to Jobs Evaluation
[Sec. 3037(k)(2)]
DOT to evaluate the Access to Jobs grant program. 6/9/2000
35 Transit Needs in National Parks
[Sec. 3039]
DOT, in consultation with DOI, to study alternative transportation needs in national parks and public lands. 1/1/2000
36 Motor Carrier Pilot Programs Assessment
[Sec. 4007(a)]
DOT, at the conclusion of each pilot program, shall report the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the program. Include susggested amendments to laws and regulations that would enhance motor carrier, commercial motor vehicle, and driver safety, and improve compliance with national safety standards. At conclusion of each pilot program
37 Insulin Treated Diabetes Mellitus
[Sec. 4018]
DOT to determine whether a practicable and cost effective screening, operating, and monitoring protocal could likely be developed for insulin treated diabetes mellitus individuals who want to operate commercical motor vehicles in interstate commerce that would ensure a safety level equal or greater than that acheived with the current prohibition on diabetic individuals. Report is required only if no protocol could likely be developed. None specified
38 Post-Accident Alcohol Testing
[Sec. 4020(b)]
DOT to study feasibility of utilizing law enforcement officers to conduct post-accident alcohol testing of motor vehicle operators under 49 USC 31306 to obtain more timely information. Assess the impact of current post-accident alcohol testing requirements on motor carrier employers, including any burden that employers may encounter in meeting the current testing requirement. 12/9/1999
39 Employee Protections
[Sec. 4023]
DOT, in conjunction with DOL, to report on the effectiveness of existing statutory employee protections under 49 USC 31105 (i.e., motor vehicle safety law). Make recommendations to address any statutory changes necessary to strengthen the enforcement of such employee protections provisions. 6/9/2000
40 Adequacy of Parking Facilities
[Sec. 4027]
DOT to determine the location and quantity of parking facilities at commercial truck stops and travel plazas and public rest areas that could be used by motor carriers to comply with Federal hours of service rules. Include an inventory of current facilities serving the NHS. Analyze where shortages exist or are projected to exist. Propose plan to reduce shortages. Include appropriate recommendations. May conduct study in cooperation with research entities representing motor carriers, the travel plaza industry, and commercial motor vehicle drivers. Funding: $500,000 for each FYs 1999- 2001 from 23 USC 104(a) setaside. 6/9/2001
41 Qualifications of Foreign Motor Carriers
[Sec. 4028(c)]
DOT to review the qualifications of any foreign motor carrier to operate as a motor carrier in the US, whose application has not been processed due to the moratorium on the granting of authority to foreign motor carriers. Review the likely ability of the foregin motor carrier to comply with US laws and applications. Report will include findings, information on applying carriers, and a description of the review process for safety fitness. 10/9/1998
42 School Transportation Safety
[Sec. 4030(c)]
DOT to submit report containing results of study conducted by NAS/TRB on safety issues attendant to the transportation of school children to and from school and school related activities by various transportation modes. Funding: $200,000 for each of FY 2000 and FY 2001 (GF), subject to appropriations; available until expended. 9/9/1999
43 Effect of MCSAP Grant Reduction
[Sec. 4032]
DOT to study the effects of reductions of grants under 49 USC 31102, due to nonconformity of State intrastate motor carrier, commercial motor vehicle, and driver requirements with Federal interstate requirements. Consider national uniformity and the purposes of MCSAP, State motor carrier, commercial motor vehicle, and driver safety oversight and enforcement capabilities, and the safety impacts, costs, and benefits of full participation in the program. 6/9/2000
44 Infrastructure Investment Needs (a.k.a. Conditions and Performance)
[Sec. 5102]
DOT to estimate future highway and bridge needs, and backlog of current highway and bridge needs. 1/31/1999, and then biennially
45 Technology Deployment
[Sec. 5103]
DOT to report on progress and result of activities carried out under the Technology Deployment Initiatives and Partnerships program. 12/9/1999
46 Merit Review and Performance Measurement
[Sec. 5108]
DOT to describe competitive merit review procedures for use in selecting grantees and contractors in the programs covered by the surface transportation research and technology development strategic plan. 6/9/1999
47 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Program
[Sec. 5111 (a)]
DOT to report on the projects undertaken by the eligible consortia, and on the progress made in advancing the purposes of this section. Annually
48 International Trade Traffic
[Sec. 5115]
BTS to measure ton-miles and value-miles of international trade traffic carried by highway for each State. Evaluate accuracy and reliability of such measures for use in highway apportionment formula. Evaluate accuracy and reliability of the use of diesel fuel data as a measure of international trade traffic by State. Identify needed improvements in long term data collection programs to provide accurate and reliable measures of international trade traffic for highway apportionment formulas. 6/9/01
49 Corrosion Control and Prevention
[Sec. 5117(b)(4)]
DOT to make a grant to study the costs and benefits of corrosion control and prevention. DOT to report on the results of the study. The study to be conducted in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team of experts in metallurgy, chemistry, economics, and other appropriate fields. Funding: $500,000 for each of FY 1999 and FY 2000 from Sec. 5001(a)(1) (HA/HTF). 9/30/2001
50 Critical ITS Standards
[Sec. 5206(b)]
DOT to identify which ITS standards are critical to ensuring national interoperability or to the development of other standards. Specify the status of the development of each standard identified. 6/1/1999
51 Trunk Lid Interior Release Installation Assessment
[Sec. 7106(e)]
NHTSA to determine the benefits to motor vehicle drivers of a regulation to require the installation in a motor vehicle of an interior device to release the trunk lid. 12/9/1999
52 Light Density Rail Line Pilot Project
[Sec. 7202(a)]
DOT to determine the public interest benefits associated with light density railroad networks in the US and their contribution to a multimodal transportation system by reference to the pilot projects carried out with grant assistance under this section. Make recommendations, as appropriate, regarding eligibility of light density rail networks for Federal infrastructure financing. 3/31/2003
53 Compliance with One-Call Minimum Standards
[Sec. 7302(a)]
DOT to describe the extent to which each State has adopted and implemented the minimum federal standards or maintains an alternative program. Analyze overall effectiveness of one-call program and areas where improvement are needed. This is a new requirement attached to an existing report. 6/9/2001
54 Review of One-Call System Best Practices
[Sec. 7302(a)]
DOT to identify those practices of one-call notification that are the most and least successful in preventing damage to underground facilities, and in providing effective and efficient service to excavators and underground facility operators. 6/9/1999 (not required if data is readily available elsewhere)
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Reports Required from Other Federal Agencies

# Report Description Due Date
1 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
[Sec. 1101(b)(6)]
GAO to review the impact throughout the US of administering the DBE Program. 6/9/2001
2 Study of the CMAQ Program
[Sec. 1110(e)(1)]
National Academy of Science (NAS) in agreement with DOT and EPA, to evaluate air quality impacts of motor vehicle emissions. Evaluate negative effects of traffic congestion (including economic effects of lost time). Report CMAQ obligations and project types. Evaluate emissions reductions attributable to CMAQ projects. Assess CMAQ project effectiveness. Estimate cost per ton of pollution reduction. Assess cost effectiveness of CMAQ projects. Compare CMAQ emissions reductions costs to other reduction measures (including stationary sources). Make recommendations on improving program effectiveness, and on expanding program scope to traffic related pollutants, not yet addressed by the program. NAS to report on results of above study and make recommendations regarding changes to CMAQ program. 1/1/2000 Note: NAS study not required to be completed until 1/1/2001.
3 Highway Economic Requirement System
[Sec. 1213(a)(1)]
GAO to evaluate the HERS methodology, including assessment of whether model estimates an optimal level of highway infrastructure investment. 6/9/2000
4 State Investment Plans
[Sec. 1213(a)(2)]
GAO, with State DOTs and other officials, to evaluate whether the HERS model can be used to provide States with useful information for developing STIPs and investment projections. 6/9/2001
5 International Roughness Index
[Sec. 1213(b)]
GAO to specify the extent of usage of the index and the extent to which the index is reliable across different manufacturers and pavement types. 6/9/2000
6 Procurement Practices and Project Delivery
[Sec. 1213(e)]
GAO to assess the impacts on the delivery and cost of Federal-aid highway and bridge projects of failure of utility to timely relocate its facilities. Study methods States use to mitigate delays. Study extent and types of incentives and penalties on relocating utilities. Determine extent which States have used new technologies to eliminate or reduce need for utility relocations. 6/9/1999
7 Commercial Motor Vehicle
[Sec. 1213(i)]
NAS/TRB, as requested by DOT, to conduct a study of the regulation of weights, lengths, and widths of commercial motor vehicles operating on Federal-aid highways. Make recommendations regarding changes in laws and regulations. Funding: $250,000 for each FY 1999 and FY 2000 (HA/HTF). 6/9/2000
8 Drugs and Driver Behavior
[Sec. 2002(b)(2)]
DOJ, USDA, DOI, Treasury Dept., Capitol Police, and GSA to each report on that agency’s policy concerning motor vehicle pursuits by that agency’s law enforcement officers. 12/9/1998
9 Effectiveness of Laws Establishing Minimum Blood Alcohol Concentrations
[Sec. 2008(a)]
GAO to evaluate effectiveness of State 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration laws and State 0.02 blood alcohol concentration under 21 year old laws in reducing number and severity of alcohol related crashes. 6/9/2000
10 Annual GAO Review of Funding Levels and Allocations of Funds for Fixed Guideway Systems
[Sec. 3009(I)]
GAO to review the processes and procedures for evaluating, rating, and recommending projects and of DOT's implementation of such processes and procedures. 4/30/XX, annually
11 Dollar Value of Mobility Improvements
[Sec. 3010(b)]
GAO to study the dollar value of mobility improvements and their relationship to overall transportation justification of a new fixed guideway system or extension. 1/1/2000
12 Coordinated Transportation Services
[Sec. 3034(c)]
GAO to study federal agencies (other than DOT) that receive financial assistance for non-emergency transportation services in the previous 3 fiscal years. GAO will identify the projects and activities funded using such financial assistance. GAO will make recommendations to improve coordination between DOT and other federal agencies that fund non-emergency transportation. 6/9/1999
13 Clean Fuel
[Sec. 3036(b)]
GAO to study various low and zero emission fuel technologies for transit vehicles, including compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, biodiesel fuel, battery, alcohol based fuel, hybrid electric, fuel cell, and clean diesel fuel to determine the status and development of such fuels, the environmental benefits of such technologies under the Clean Air Act, and the cost of such technologies and equipment. 1/1/2000
14 Access to Jobs Evaluation
[Sec. 3037(k)(1)]
GAO to evaluate the Access to Jobs grant program. 12/9/1998, then biannually
15 Future Strategic Highway Research Program
[Sec. 5112]
NAS/TRB, in agreement with DOT, in consultation with AASHTO and other appropriate entities, to determine goals, purposes, research agenda and projects, administrative structure, and fiscal needs for a new strategic highway research program to replace the current one. 9/6/2003
16 PM2.5 Federal Reference Method Field Study
[Sec. 6102(e)]
EPA to conduct a field study of the ability of the PM2.5 Federal Reference Method to differentiate those particles that are larger than 2.5 micrograms in diameter. 6/9/2000
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Reports Required from Other Entities

# Report Description Due Date
1 Impacts of Weight Exemptions on Colorado
[Sec. 1212(d)(2(A)]
Colorado DOT, in consultation with USDOT, to analyze the economic, safety, and infrastructure impacts of permitting vehicles designed to carry 2 or more precast concrete panels to be considered an indivisible load. Funding: $200,000 for FY 1999 (HA/HTF). None specified
2 Impact of Weight Exemptions on Louisiana
[Sec. 1212(d)(2)(B)]
Louisiana DOT, in consultation with USDOT, to analyze the economic, safety, and infrastructure impacts of permitting specially permitted vehicles over 100,000 pounds GVW to haul sugarcane during harvest season, not exceeding 100 days. Funding: $200,000 for FY 1999 (HA/HTF) None specified
3 Impact of Weight Exemptions on Maine
[Sec. 1212(d)(2)(C)]
Maine DOT, in consultation with USDOT, to analyze the economic, safety, and infrastructure impacts of permitting grandfathering of pre-October 1, 1995, non-Interstate vehicle weight limits on portions of Interstate Routes 95 and 495. Funding: $200,000 for FY 1999 (HA/HTF) None specified
4 Impact of Weight Exemptions on New Hampshire
[Sec. 1212(d)(2)(D)]
New Hampshire, in consultation with USDOT, to analyze the economic, safety, and infrastructure impacts of permitting grandfathering of pre-January 1, 1987, non-Interstate vehicle weight limits on portions of Interstate Route 95. Funding: $200,000 for FY 1999 (HA/HTF) None specified
5 State Infrastructure Bank Requirements
[Sec. 1511(f)]
States with SIBs (CA, FL, MO, RI) shall report to the Secretary biennially about their SIBs. Biennial
6 Highway Safety Education and Information
[Sec. 2001(f)(2)]
Each state that uses funding from this section to purchase television and radio time for highway safety public services messages shall report to the Secretary on the effectiveness of the practice. None specified
7 Child Passenger Protection and Education Grants
[Sec. 2003(b)(5)]
Each State that receives a grant describes the program activities it has carried out with the grant funds. None specified
8 Urbanized Area Formula Grants
[Sec. 3007(f)]
Each recipient of these funds shall submit an annual certification to the Secretary listing of the projects carried out using these grants. Annually
9 Public Boat Access Needs Survey
[Sec. 7404(b)]
Each State that agrees to conduct a public boat access needs survey following the recommended national survey to determine the adequacy, number, location, and quality of facilities providing access to recreational waters for all sizes of recreational boats. 12/9/1999
10 Public Boat Access Needs Plan
[Sec. 7404(c)]
States that submit a public boat access needs survey may submit a plan for the construction, renovation, and maintenance of facilities for transient, nontrailerable recreational vessels, and access to those facilities, to meet the needs of such vessels operating navigable waters in the State. 6 months after submitting survey; not mandatory
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