Legal Aspects of Transit and Intermodal Transportation Programs. Topic 18-05. Fix It, Sign It, or Close It: State of Good Repair in an Era of Budget Constraints

The condition of the transportation infrastructure in the United States is an issue of national importance. State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and transit agencies are facing tough choices with limited finances. These transportation agencies are having to make decisions about how and when to keep the assets safely open to the public. Transportation agencies that are recipients of federal formula grant dollars may need the funding agency to be involved in any decision to repair the asset(s) or whether to improve, rebuild, or close them. Research is needed on the legal ramifications to transportation agencies that are faced with deciding whether to repair, improve, or rebuild assets that are in poor repair. The objective of this research is to provide a state by state summary of pertinent laws and practices related to achieving a state of good repair for transportation assets and include a summary of decisions and the experiences of transportation agencies.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $50000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-05, Topic 18-05

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Chisholm-Smith, Gwen

  • Performing Organizations:

    Parker Corporate Enterprises, Ltd

    City,   United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Parker, Terri

  • Start Date: 20190128
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200128
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01677639
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-05, Topic 18-05
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 13 2018 3:02PM