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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.


STEP emphasis area contacts and program staff identified research activities for FY2012 based on stakeholder feedback and other national priorities. A summary table is provided below. Complete descriptions of each research activity recommended in FY2012 can be found on the STEP website at www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/step/resources/research_plans/fy12rp.cfm.

Emphasis Area

Number of Research Recommendations

FY2012 STEP Budgets

ENVIRONMENT EMPHASIS AREAS

Air Quality and Climate Change

3

$1,640,000

Water/Wetlands/Vegetation/Wildlife/Habitat

5

$1,014,090

Historic Preservation

1

$200,000

Livability and Environmental Justice

1

$400,000

Bicycles/Pedestrians

1

$150,000

Noise

1

$310,000

Environmental Streamlining/Stewardship

4

$1,604,496

Context Sensitive Solutions

2

$380,000

PLANNING EMPHASIS AREAS

Congestion

1

$100,000

Safety Planning

1

$200,000

Freight Planning

2

$200,000

Performance-Based Planning

1

$200,000

Public Involvement and Visualization in Planning

1

$200,000

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

6

$1,375,000

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

9

$1,120,000

National Security, Defense and Interstate Planning

4

$80,000

REAL ESTATE SERVICES EMPHASIS AREAS

Real Estate Program Stewardship

5

$795,000

TOOLS TO SUPPORT PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT EMPHASIS AREAS

Travel Modeling

4

$1,325,000

GIS/Spatial Information for Improved Decision Making

1

$100,000

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND OUTREACH

2*

$1,312,000

HEP ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR

 

$1,213,686

TOTAL

55

$13,919,272

* Total includes one Financial Management and Program Assistance research recommendation

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 FY2012 research accomplishments by emphasis area, including those funded with prior year funding, 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 FY2012 but are not yet complete and some accomplishments occurred in FY2012 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 FY2012 Funding: $1,640,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2012 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Water/Wetlands/Vegetation/Wildlife/Habitat

Emphasis Area Contact: Marlys Osterhues

Level of FY2012 Funding: $1,014,090

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2012 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Historic Preservation

Emphasis Area Contact: MaryAnn Naber

Level of FY2012 Funding: $200,000

Livability and Environmental Justice

Emphasis Area Contact: Sharlene Reed and Shana Baker

Level of FY2012 Funding: $400,000

Bicycles/Pedestrians

Emphasis Area Contact: Shana Baker; Christopher Douwes

Level of FY2012 Funding: $550,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2012 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

FHWA also continued a cooperative agreement with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse (NTEC). NTEC maintains a Transportation Enhancements website (www.ta-clearinghouse.info/index) that provides program information, project examples, publications, an annual report on Transportation Enhancements spending, and support for State Transportation Enhancement Program Managers.

Noise

Emphasis Area Contact: Mark Ferroni

Level of FY2012 Funding: $310,000

Environmental Streamlining/Stewardship

Emphasis Area Contact: Bruce Bender

Level of FY2012 Funding: $1,604,496

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2012 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

FHWA will host the third workshop of the series in May 2013. FHWA also plans to host seven additional workshops in 2013 for the remaining portions of the country.

Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)

Emphasis Area Contact: Bruce Bender

Level of FY2012 Funding: $380,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2012 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Emphasis Areas Related to Planning

Congestion

Emphasis Area Contact: Egan Smith

Level of FY2012 Funding: $100,000

Safety Planning

Emphasis Area Contact: Sarah Sun

Level of FY2012 Funding: $200,000

Freight Planning

Emphasis Area Contact: Spencer Stevens

Level of FY2012 Funding: $200,000

There were no FY2012 accomplishments in this area.

Performance-Based Planning

Emphasis Area Contact: Harlan Miller

Level of FY2012 Funding: $200,000

Performance-Based Planning (FY2012: $200,000). FHWA hosted three one-day workshops with external stakeholders focused on performance-based planning and programming with State DOTs, MPOs, and transit agencies in southeastern states on March 29, 2012, New England states on June 19, 2012, and intermountain west states on September 18, 2012. FHWA also commenced development of a guidebook focused on performance-based planning and programming.

Public Involvement and Visualization in Planning

Emphasis Area Contact: Frederick Bowers

Level of FY2012 Funding: $200,000

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

Emphasis Area Contact: Kenneth Petty

Level of FY2012 Funding: $1,375,000

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

Emphasis Area Contact: Roger Petzold

Level of FY2012 Funding: $1,120,000

National Security, Defense, and Interstate Planning

Emphasis Area Contact: Stefan Natzke

Level of FY2012 Funding: $80,000

There were no FY2012 accomplishments in this area.

Emphasis Areas Related to Real Estate Services

Real Estate Program Stewardship

Emphasis Area Contact: Arnold Feldman

Level of FY2012 Funding: $795,000

FHWA published a project paper in the 2012 Environment issue of Transportation Research Board (TRB) Transportation Research Record; the paper can be found at pubsindex.trb.org/view.aspx?id=1129039. The research paper received the 2012 RITA Award for Best Paper/Presentation in November 2012.

The overall research effort lead to HEPR's initiation of a pilot project to support stakeholders, nationally, in their efforts to plan, develop, and execute projects that use highway ROW to accommodate renewable energy technologies.

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2012 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 FY2012 Funding: $1,325,000

GIS/Spatial Information for Improved Decision Making

Emphasis Area Contact: Mark Sarmiento

Level of FY2012 Funding: $100,000

The following research activities had accomplishments in FY2012 but were funded through prior years of STEP funding.

Program Management and Outreach

Emphasis Area Contact: Patricia Cazenas

Level of FY2012 Funding: $1,000,000

Updated: 08/21/2014
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