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HRpt 106-355 CONFERENCE REPORT to accompany H.R. 2084 MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2000, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
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FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT (AIRPORT AND AIRWAY TRUST FUND)
Air traffic management.--The conference agreement provides $15,000,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of $42,000,000 proposed by the House. The conferees believe there is merit in exploring the possibility of privatizing the traffic management function currently within the FAA in order to affect operational improvements and efficiencies, and that further significant investment in upgrading the traffic management system should be deferred until completion of this analysis. The conferees direct FAA to task the National Academy of Sciences to conduct this analysis, to be completed as soon as practicable.
TRANSIT PLANNING AND RESEARCH
Transit data base.--The conferees are aware that state and local governments, transit industry personnel, and academic institutions rely heavily on operational data contained in the transit data base. The publication of this data is not timely, and excludes some performance statistics that may be particularly helpful to all parties. The conferees encourage the FTA to work with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to design a new transit data base, comprised of operational and performance measurements and financial data necessary to fulfill FTA's statutory responsibilities in distributing formula grants, while providing meaningful data for state and local governments, transit industry personnel, and academic institutions. Special attention should be paid to developing clear instructions to grantees and employing computer-based electronic data storage and access techniques. The NAS is encouraged to consult with the American Public Transit Association in developing the new transit data base model.
FTA shall submit the recommended transit data base design to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations and to the General Services Administration for review by May 31, 2000. FTA shall utilize existing administrative funds to implement the new transit data base design, and shall utilize the new design in the fiscal year 2001 cycle of federal