Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st century, known as MAP-21, is a law designed to develop a streamlined and performance-based surface transportation program.
MAP-21 supports research that addresses the complex relationships affecting individuals, communities, the economy, and the environment. While projects supported under the previous laws are still underway, MAP-21 continues efforts to take existing research projects to the next level.
The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty supports and conducts research under MAP-21 that:
The Office's research provides transportation best practices to advance planning and environmental considerations. For example, the "Transportation and Environmental Justice Case Studies Guidebook" highlights environmental justice principles that inform transportation decision making.
Another example is a research project about challenges of locating renewable energy and alternative fuel facilities within highways' right-of-way. This research resulted in several best practices that help practitioners plan for the challenges, and opportunities, of a rapidly evolving field.
e-NEPA is an electronic tool that allows many agencies to review documents at the same time. It accelerates project delivery and minimizes environmental impact.
Other research like Eco-Logical helps partners work together on infrastructure projects that incorporate wildlife and ecosystem concerns into planning and decision making for projects.
Our office also uses research to promote increased efficiency in the field. We recently hosted a series of workshops on performance-based planning and performance management. During the workshops, experts shared approaches to performance-based planning and programming that encourage efficient and effective decision making.
For more information, please visit our website. There, you'll find contact information for our Research Program Coordinators and subject matter experts who can answer your questions.