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TIFIA Projects Are Mostly Large Highway Projects; Performance
Measures Are Needed to Better Evaluate Program Outcomes
DOT Used a Competitive Process to Evaluate Projects, but This
Process Could Benefit from Increased Transparency
Flexible Repayment Terms and Other Factors Influence whether
States and Other Sponsors Seek TIFIA Assistance; Future
Demand Is Difficult to Gauge
Options Proposed to Modify the TIFIA Program
Recommendations for Executive Action
Appendix I Scope and Methodology 49
Appendix II Projects Receiving TIFIA Credit Assistance 55
Appendix III Responses to Questions from GAO's Survey on TIFIA 58
Appendix IV GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments 69
Table 1: DOT Definitions and Clarifications of TIFIA Statutory
Table 2: Number of LOs, by Fiscal Year and Outcome of
Multimodal Team's Assessment
Table 3: Number of LOs Invited to Apply, by Fiscal Year and Mode
Table 4: Status of Projects Invited to Apply, by Fiscal Year
Table 5: Top Factors That Affected Recent Applicants' Decisions to
Seek TIFIA Assistance
Table 6: Other Factors That Affected Recent Applicants' Decisions
to Seek TIFIA Assistance
Table 7: Factors That Affected State DOTs' Decisions to Not Seek
GAO-12-641 Surface Transportation
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United States. Government Accountability Office. Surface Transportation: Financing Program Could Benefit from Increased Performance Focus and Better Communication, report, June 21, 2012; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc302599/m1/3/: accessed August 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.