The Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty (HEP) is committed to conducting and promoting research that strengthens transportation decision-making and promotes efficiency while protecting and enhancing our communities and environment.
Between 2006 and 2012, The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research, or STEP Program, funded projects focused on national research priorities for environment, planning, and realty. The goal of the program was to improve the understanding of the complex relationship between surface transportation, planning, and the environment.
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) repealed the STEP program, but also established policy, principles, and planning practices for a flexible national research and technology program. A key research program area includes planning, environment, and realty. HEP is responsible for developing and implementing research projects focused on the following objectives:
This web site features information about HEP's research activities that are developed to achieve these objectives.