The STEP is a Federally administered research program authorized in the "Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users" (SAFETEA-LU). The general objective of the STEP is to improve understanding of the complex relationship between surface transportation, planning, and the environment. The FHWA anticipates that the STEP (or a similar program to provide resources for national research on issues related to planning, environment and realty) will be included in future surface transportation legislation.
The FHWA's Office of Planning, Environment and Realty (HEP) uses STEP funding to conduct research and develop tools and technologies to advance both the state of the practice and art for national environment, planning and realty research initiatives. Stakeholder input is used to help identify and prioritize STEP research topics and to develop and implement the national research agenda.
The FHWA issued a Federal Register notice on July 2, 2010 soliciting suggested lines of research for the proposed FY2011 STEP. To provide your feedback, please visit the STEP Web site and review the draft FY 2011 STEP Implementation Strategy: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/step/about_step/strategy/.
After reviewing the proposed strategy, please submit your feedback at: http://knowledge.fhwa.dot.gov/cops/step.nsf (link inactive 5/12). The deadline for submitting feedback is September 30, 2010.
The diagram above illustrates how STEP's Proposed FY 2011 emphasis areas are grouped
The information below provides tips for stakeholder participation in the proposed FY 2011 STEP.
The diagram above illustrates the process of how to participate in STEP.
Your input to the proposed FY 2011 STEP Implementation Strategy is requested by mm/dd/yyyy.
Please review the strategy and visit the STEP Feedback Web page: http://knowledge.fhwa.dot.gov/cops/step.nsf (link inactive 5/12).