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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.


Below is information about FHWA research initiatives funded under the FY2006 STEP. Some projects will continue into FY2007, and are described in the FY2007 STEP Plan.

Table 1: FY 2006 STEP Initiatives

Emphasis Area Number of Research Initiatives 2006 STEP Budget
ENVIRONMENT EMPHASIS AREAS
NATURAL ENIVRONMENT
Air Quality and Global Climate Change 7 $2,373,400
Water Wetlands, Vegetation, Wildlife Habitat, Brownfields 17 $1,217,500
HUMAN ENVIRONMENT
Historic Preservation 2 $200,000
Bicycle/Pedestrian and Health 4 $295,000
Noise 1 $100,000
Outdoor Advertising Control/Realty Program Management 1 $100,000
ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS IMPROVEMENT
Environmental Streamlining/Stewardship 11 $2,830,000
Context Sensitive Solutions 5 $700,000
PLANNING EMPHASIS AREAS
PLANNING FOCUS AREAS
US/Canada and US/Mexico Border Planning 1 $300,000
Congestion 3 $950,000
Safety Planning 1 $70,000
Freight Planning 1 $100,000
STATE/LOCAL/TRIBAL PLANNING CAPACITY BUILDING
Public involvement, Environmental Justice, and Visualization 1 $50,000
Other Activities to Strengthen/Advance State/Local/Tribal Capabilities 4 $485,000
TOOLS TO SUPPORT PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT EMPHASIS AREAS
GIS/Spatial Information for Improved Decision Making 1 $100,000
Travel Modeling 1 $290,000
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND OUTREACH
Program Management and Outreach 2 $644,449.96
HEP ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR
HEP Associate Administrator 2 $1,108,775.04
TOTAL 65 $11,914,125

Environment Emphasis Areas

Natural Environment

Air Quality and Global Climate Change
Contact persons: Cecilia.Ho@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
Evaluation and Dissemination of Conformity Best Practices $150,000
Diesel Emissions Reduction Research $150,000
Mobile Sources Air Toxics (Court Settlement) $840,000
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality $490,400
Global Climate Change Center $250,000
Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse $178,000
It All Adds Up to Clean Air $315,000
TOTAL $2,373,400
Water/Wetlands/Vegetation/Wildlife/Habitat/Brownfields
Contact person: Carol.Adkins@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
Advancing Methods, Maps, and Tools Used for Decision Support and Impact Analyses for Transportation, Wildlife, & Ecological Systems $160,000
Synthesis on the Fate and Effects of Chloride from Road Salt Applied to Highways for Deicing $100,000
Research and Innovation Agreements with US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers and US Forest Service $100,000
Deer-Vehicle Crash Information and Research Center Support $25,000
PDA-GPS Road Kill Data Collection System $30,000
Cooperative Weed Management Areas: Information Dissemination and Feedback $50,000
Finalize the Protocol and Tool for Corridor Vegetation Inventories $50,000
Weed Control Alternatives, Costs, and Efficacies $25,000
Percentage Invasive Species in Reference Sites as a Performance Standard for Wetland Mitigation $125,000
Effects of Pile Driving on Aquatic Animals $25,000
Develop New National Highway Institute Training Courses for Wetlands Regulatory Compliance and Mitigation $150,000
Supporting Peer Exchange and Research Dissemination at Environmental Conferences and Workshops $120,000
Wildlife Vehicle Collision Reduction Study $100,000
Coastal America $12,500
FY2006 National Mitigation Banking Conference $10,000
International BMP Stormwater Database $50,000
International Conference on Ecology and Transportation $85,000
TOTAL $1,217,500

Human Environment

Historic Preservation
Contact person: MaryAnn.Naber@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
Historic Preservation Initiatives $30,000
Research and Innovation Agreement with Advisory Council on Historic Preservation $170,000
TOTAL $200,000
Bicycle/Pedestrian and Health
Contact person: Gabe.Rousseau@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
Collection of Data on Pedestrian and Bicycle Use and the Extent of Facilities $30,000
Determining the Effectiveness of Providing Facilities and Programs to Encourage Bicycle and Pedestrian Use $45,000
Non-Motorized Pilot Study $120,000
Bicycle/Pedestrian Use and Facility Data $100,000
TOTAL $295,000
Noise
Contact person: Mark.Ferroni@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
FHWA Traffic Noise Model Version 3.0 Development $100,000
TOTAL $100,000
Outdoor Advertising Control/Realty Program Management
Contact person: Arnold.Feldman@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
The Safety Effects of Electronic Advertising Signs on Driver Attention $100,000
TOTAL $100,000

Environmental Process Improvement

Environmental Streamlining / Stewardship
Contact person: Shari.Schaftlein@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
Evaluation of Transportation Liaison Agreements $75,000
Research on Project Cost Estimation in Environmental Documents $100,000
Environmental Stewardship and Streamlining Outreach and Technology Transfer $30,000
Conservation and Transportation Planning Workshops $80,000
Linking Eco-logical to Planning and Project Development $400,000
Leveraging FHWA and State DOT Environmental Research Projects $100,000
Research and Innovation Agreements with US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers and US Forest Service $250,000
Environmental Competency Building $90,000
Advancing Innovations in FHWA’s Environmental Review Process $505,000
Assessment of the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Pilot Program: Evaluating FHWA’s Role in the National Environmental Policy Act Process $200,000
Environmental Vital Few Goal Implementation Activities $1,000,000
TOTAL $2,830,000
Context Sensitive Solutions
Contact person: Shari.Schaftlein@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
Advancing Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) Implementation: Stakeholder Exchange $50,000
Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) Clearinghouse $50,000
CSS University Curriculum - Phase 3 $100,000
CSS Targeted Technical Assistance $300,000
CSS National Dialogue $100,000
CSS Website Development $100,000
TOTAL $700,000

Planning Emphasis Areas

Planning Focus Areas

US/Canada and US/Mexico Border Planning
Contact person: Roger.Petzold@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
US/Canada and US/Mexico Border Planning $300,000
TOTAL $300,000
Congestion
Contact person: Harlan.Miller@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
Congestion (including Operations) $375,000
Environmental Benefits and Barriers for Congestion Relief Strategies $500,000
Exploring Attitudes about Tolling and Congestion Pricing $75,000
TOTAL $950,000
Safety Planning
Contact person: Laurie.Lau@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
Safety Planning $70,000
TOTAL $70,000
Freight Planning
Contact person: Spencer.Stevens@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
Freight Planning $100,000
TOTAL $100,000

State, Local, Tribal Planning Capacity Building

Public Involvement, Environmental Justice, and Visualization in Planning
Contact Person: Brenda.Kragh@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
Building on a Foundation of Public Participation and Community Impact Assessment and Incorporating Emerging Issues of Environmental Justice and Visualization for Transportation Planning $50,000
TOTAL $50,000
Other Activities that Support State/Local/Tribal Planning Capacity Building
Contact Person: Robert.Ritter@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
Other Activities that Support State/Local/Tribal Planning Capacity Building $360,000
Statewide Transportation Planning Issues $50,000
Metropolitan Transportation Planning Issues $50,000
Rural Transportation Planning Issues $25,000
TOTAL $485,000

Tools to Support Planning and Environment

Geographic Information System (GIS) and Spatial Information for Improved Decision-Making
Contact person: Roger.Petzold@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
GIS and Spatial Information for Improved Decision-Making $100,000
TOTAL $100,000
Travel Modeling
Contact person: Fred.Ducca@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
Travel Model Improvement Program Outreach, Knowledge Base and Peer Reviews $290,000
TOTAL $290,000

Program Management and Outreach

Contact person: Felicia.Young@dot.gov
Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
Information Technology Support $256,180
Program Management/Outreach $388,269.96
TOTAL $644,449.96

HEP Associate Administrator

Research Initiatives FY06 STEP Budget
Other Planning, Environment and Realty Research $1,108,775.04
TOTAL $1,108,775.04
Updated: 08/21/2014
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