The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Planning, Environment and Realty's (HEP) Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP) ended on September 30, 2012. For current HEP research information, please see HEP's MAP-21 research web site.
Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program
5 Facts You Should Know About STEP
- STEP is a federally administered research effort to help improve the understanding of the relationship between surface transportation, planning, and the environment.
- STEP funds can be awarded to state/local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, universities, federal agencies, and the private sector.
- STEP stakeholder input is used to help identify and prioritize STEP research topics.
- More STEP information and research results are available at: www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/step/index.cfm
STEP is a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) research program authorized in the "Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A legacy for Users" (SAFETEA-LU).
Environment, Planning and Real Estate Initiatives
STEP research improves state of the practice regarding the impact of transportation on the environment.
- Climate Change
- Economic Development Case Studies
- Effects of Commercial Electronic Variable Message Signs on Drivers
- Health and Environmental Benefits of Walking and Biking
- Improving Project Delivery
- Linking Land Use and Planning
- Mobile Source Emissions Analysis
- Stormwater Management Techniques
The following STEP tools are developed in partnership with state and local government.
- Census Transportation Planning Package
- FHWA Traffic Noise Model version 3.0 Development
- GIS for Transportation Applications Database
- Global Positioning System Tool for Corridor Vegetation Inventories
- Right of Way Professional Competency Navigator Tool
- Web-based Biological Assessment Tool
Through STEP funding, the following publications were developed to support the various emphasis areas:
Real Estate Services
For further information on each publication, please contact the emphasis area representative.
How to Get Involved with STEP
Stakeholders are involved in a variety of ways. The information below provides tips for stakeholder participation.
- Review proposed FY2010 STEP Implementation Strategy, which outlines the likely research priorities for the year at: www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/step/about_step/strategy/
- Develop and submit feedback on suggested lines of research that are related to the proposed STEP research priorities at: http://knowledge.fhwa.dot.gov/cops/step.nsf/home (link no longer active 5/12)
- Review Annual STEP Plan on the STEP website, once approved by HEP Associate Administrator at: www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/step/resources/research_plans/
- After the STEP Plan has been approved, monitor FEDBIZOPPS.GOV. Funding opportunities will be posted at: www.fbo.gov
Stakeholders should contact individual STEP emphasis area representatives to discuss the status of research in specific areas. STEP contacts are located on the STEP website-www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/step/contacts/
Publication No. FHWA-HEP-10-012, January 2010
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