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HEP Research Program Frequently Asked Question

  1. What is the main focus of the research program within the Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty?
    • The research funding mechanism was changed by legislation, but the research program areas remain similar and are focused on strengthening transportation planning and environmental decision-making.
    • The research program area has a national focus to improve transportation planning, processes, programming, operations, and coordination.
  2. How is HEP's research coordinated with other transportation research?
    • Research is coordinated through all programs including:
    • The Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) funding will help transportation agencies begin deploying products developed under the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP).
    • The Center for Environmental Excellence, developed in cooperation with FHWA, continues to promote environmental stewardship and innovative ways to streamline the transportation delivery process.
    • The National Cooperative Highway Research Program conducts research in problem areas that affect highway planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance nationwide.
    • The Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center which provides FHWA and the world highway community with research and development related to new highway technologies.
  3. How is research funded?
    • o The FHWA Office of Planning, Environment and Realty (HEP) receives funding from two programs under MAP-21:
      • The Highway Research and Deployment Program (HRD) $13.5 million is reserved for activities that strengthen transportation planning and environmental decisionmaking and replaces the STEP program with a new program focused on environment, planning and real estate services.
      • The Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) provides $2.5 million annually for technology deployment in environment and planning.
  4. Who can I contact for more information?
Updated: 10/21/2015
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