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FY 2010 Annual Report

Appendix B

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 FY2010 based on stakeholder feedback and other national priorities. A summary table is provided below. Complete descriptions of each research activity recommended in FY2010 can be found on the STEP website at /hep/step/resources/research_plans/fy2010rp.cfm.

Emphasis Area Number of Research Recommendations FY2010 STEP Budget
ENVIRONMENT EMPHASIS AREAS
Air Quality and Climate Change 4 $1,585,000
Water/Wetlands/Vegetation/Wildlife/Habitat 6 $1,070,000
Historic Preservation 2 $225,000
Bicycles/Pedestrians 2 $375,000
Noise 1 $590,000
Environmental Streamlining/Stewardship 6 $1,663,500
Context Sensitive Solutions 3 $500,000
PLANNING EMPHASIS AREAS
Congestion 1 $500,000
Safety Planning 1 $100,000
Freight Planning 1 $200,000
Public Involvement, Visualization in Planning/Environmental Justice 1 $200,000
Other Activities that Support State/Local/Tribal Planning Capacity Building 11 $2,850,000
U.S./Canada and U.S./Mexico Border Planning 3 $700,484
National Security, Defense and Interstate Planning 5 $520,000
REAL ESTATE SERVICES EMPHASIS AREAS
Real Estate Program Stewardship 4 $460,000
Outdoor Advertising Control 1 $150,000
TOOLS TO SUPPORT PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT EMPHASIS AREAS
GIS/Spatial Information for Improved Decision Making 5 $1,170,000
Travel Modeling 6 $405,000
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND OUTREACH 1 $1,000,000
HEP ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR 0 $450,540
TOTAL 64 $14,689,524

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 FY2010 research accomplishments by emphasis area, including those funded with FY2006, FY2007, FY2008, or FY2009 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 FY2010 but are not yet complete and some accomplishments occurred in FY2010 but were funded in prior years.

Emphasis Areas Related to Environment

Air Quality and Climate Change

Emphasis Area Contacts: Cecilia Ho and Diane Turchetta

Level of FY2010 Funding: $1,585,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2010 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Water/Wetlands/Vegetation/Wildlife/Habitat

Emphasis Area Contact: Marlys Osterhues

Level of FY2010 Funding: $1,070,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2010 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Historic Preservation

Emphasis Area Contact: MaryAnn Naber

Level of FY2010 Funding: $225,000

Bicycles/Pedestrians

Emphasis Area Contact: Gabe Rousseau

Level of FY2010 Funding:$375,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2010 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Noise

Emphasis Area Contact: Mark Ferroni

Level of FY2010 Funding: $590,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2010 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Outdoor Advertising Control

Emphasis Area Contact: Mary Jane Daluge

Level of FY2010 Funding: $150,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2010 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Real Estate Program Stewardship

Emphasis Area Contact: Carolyn James

Level of FY2010 Funding: $460,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2010 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Environmental Streamlining/Stewardship

Emphasis Area Contact: Shari Schaftlein

Level of FY2010 Funding: $1,663,500

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2010 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Context Sensitive Solutions

Emphasis Area Contact: Shari Schaftlein

Level of FY2010 Funding: $500,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2010 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Emphasis Areas Related to Planning

Congestion

Emphasis Area Contact: Harlan Miller

Level of FY2010 Funding: $500,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2010 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Safety Planning

Emphasis Area Contact: Lorrie Lau

Level of FY2010 Funding: $100,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2010 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Freight Planning

Emphasis Area Contact: Spencer Stevens

Level of FY2010 Funding: $200,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2010 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Public Involvement, Visualization in Planning/Environmental Planning

Emphasis Area Contact: Frederick Bowers, Brenda Kragh, and Susan Grosser

Level of FY2010 Funding: $200,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2010 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 FY2010 Funding: $2,850,000

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

Emphasis Area Contact: Roger Petzold

Level of FY2010 Funding: $700,484

National Security, Defense, and Interstate Planning

Emphasis Area Contact: Stefan Natzke

Level of FY2010 Funding: $520,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2010 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 FY2010 Funding: $1,170,000

GIS/Spatial Information for Improved Decision Making

Emphasis Area Contact: Mark Sarmiento

Level of FY2010 Funding: $405,000

Program Management and Outreach

Emphasis Area Contact: Patricia Cazenas

Level of FY2010 Funding: $1,000,000

Updated: 09/19/2014
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