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2009 Annual Report

Section III: Research Highlights

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.


Research Highlights

STEP emphasis area contacts and program staff identified research activities for FY2009 based on stakeholder feedback and other national priorities. A summary table is provided below. Complete descriptions of each research activity recommended in FY2009 can be found on the STEP website at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/step/resources/fy_09_report/index.cfm.

Emphasis Area Number of Research Recommendations FY2009 STEP Budget
ENVIRONMENT EMPHASIS AREAS
Air Quality and Global Climate Change 4 $1,250,000
Water/Wetlands/Vegetation/Wildlife/Habitat/ Brownfields 9 $1,070,000
Historic Preservation 2 $225,000
Bicycle/Pedestrian and Health 3 $270,000
Noise 1 $390,000
Outdoor Advertising Control/Realty Program Management 6 $585,000
Environmental Streamlining/Stewardship 8 $1,663,500
Context Sensitive Solutions 2 $500,000
PLANNING EMPHASIS AREAS
Congestion 1 $750,000
Safety Planning 1 $100,000
Freight Planning 1 $200,000
Public Involvement, Environmental Justice, Visualization in Planning 1 $200,000
Other Activities that Support State/Local/Tribal Planning Capacity Building 9 $2,600,000
U.S./Canada and U.S./Mexico Border Planning 2 $525,000
National Security, Defense and Interstate Planning 4 $600,000
TOOLS TO SUPPORT PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT EMPHASIS AREAS
GIS/Spatial Information for Improved Decision Making 5 $405,000
Travel Modeling 1 $1,170,000
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND OUTREACH 3 $1,000,000
     
HEP ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR   $1,185,934
TOTAL 67 $14,689,434

STEP funds contributed to substantial advancements in research and tools to support transportation planning and the environment. In addition, STEP research projects have leveraged funds from other sources to complete this work. Several emphasis areas were involved in successful cost-sharing partnerships.

Descriptions of FY2009 research accomplishments by emphasis area, including those funded with FY2006, FY2007, or FY2008 funds, are listed below. These descriptions include accomplishments from both short-term and ongoing projects. The total budget for an emphasis area may not equal the sum of individual projects described in this report, as some projects started in FY2009 but are not yet complete and some accomplishments occurred in FY2009 but were funded in prior years.

Emphasis Areas Related to Environment

Air Quality and Global Climate Change

Emphasis Area Contacts: Cecilia Ho and Diane Turchetta

Level of FY2009 Funding: $1,250,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2009 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

This effort was conducted to determine if data enhancements and cost savings could be realized by purchasing gas chromatographs (GC) and installing them in the study's monitor trailers, with the goal of reducing the use of resource intensive canister and cartridge monitoring methods. The first part of the effort involved purchasing, installing, running, and analyzing one GC. Due to the success of the first GC, three additional GCs were purchased and installed and are now running in all four trailers.

Water/Wetlands/Vegetation/Wildlife/Habitat/Brownfields

Emphasis Area Contact: Patricia Cazenas

Level of FY2009 Funding: $1,070,000

FHWA participated in a domestic scan tour focused on best management practices (BMPs) in addressing the national pollutant discharge elimination system and other water quality issues in highway system management. The scan was conducted in cooperation with AASHTO and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). The purpose of the scan was to facilitate information sharing and technology exchange among transportation agencies and explore innovation and alternative methods of practices.

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2009 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Historic Preservation

Emphasis Area Contact: MaryAnn Naber

Level of FY2009 Funding: $225,000

Bicycle/Pedestrian and Health

Emphasis Area Contact: Gabe Rousseau

Level of FY2009 Funding: $270,000

Improved Data and Modeling for Walking and Bicycling Trips. (FY2009: $30,000 ). Research efforts continued on the NTPP. The NTPP is using various types of data collection to better measure walking and bicycling trips. Short summaries about these research efforts, including walking and bicycling counts, were published online at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/ntpp/index.cfm.

Noise

Emphasis Area Contact: Mark Ferroni

Level of FY2009 Funding: $390,000

Outdoor Advertising Control/Realty Program Management

Emphasis Area Contact: Carolyn James and MaryJane Daluge

Level of FY2009 Funding: $585,000

Environmental Streamlining/Stewardship

Emphasis Area Contact: Shari Schaftlein

Level of FY2009 Funding: $1,663,500

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2009 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Context Sensitive Solutions

Emphasis Area Contact: Shari Schaftlein

Level of FY2009 Funding: $500,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2009 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Emphasis Areas Related to Planning

Congestion

Emphasis Area Contact: Harlan Miller

Level of FY2009 Funding: $750,000

Safety Planning

Emphasis Area Contact: Lorrie Lau

Level of FY2009 Funding: $100,000

Freight Planning

Emphasis Area Contact: Spencer Stevens

Level of FY2009 Funding: $200,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2009 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding. Accomplishments can be reported for four freight projects, all of which have been arranged through the BAA process.

Public Involvement, Environmental Justice, Visualization in Planning

Emphasis Area Contact: Frederick Bowers and Brenda Kragh

Level of FY2009 Funding: $200,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2009 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Other Activities that Support State/Local/Tribal Planning Capacity Building

Emphasis Area Contact: Kenneth Petty

Level of FY2009 Funding: $2,600,000

U.S./Canada and U.S./Mexico Border Planning

Emphasis Area Contact: Roger Petzold

Level of FY2009 Funding: $525,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2009 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

National Security, Defense, and Interstate Planning

Emphasis Area Contact: Stefan Natzke

Level of FY2009 Funding: $600,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2009 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Emphasis Areas Related to Tools to Support Planning and Environment

Travel Modeling

Emphasis Area Contact: Sarah Sun

Level of FY2009 Funding: $1,170,000

GIS/Spatial Information for Improved Decision Making

Emphasis Area Contact: Mark Sarmiento

Level of FY2009 Funding: $405,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2009 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Program Management and Outreach

Emphasis Area Contact: Felicia Young

Level of FY2009 Funding: $1,000,000


[1] This was a cross-cutting project in both Environmental Streamlining/Stewardship and Other Activities that Support State/Local/Tribal Planning Capacity Building emphasis areas. Therefore, the project accomplishments listed here reflect accomplishments made within both emphasis areas.

 

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