Under the leadership of U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, the FHWA Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty (HEP) serves as FHWA's advocate and national leader for environmental protection and enhancement, comprehensive intermodal and multi-modal transportation planning, and for fair and prudent acquisition and management of real property.
HEP provides policy and direction in several areas:
HEP has a staff of 100+ people with a wide professional range including community planners, environmental scientists, realty specialists, and transportation engineers. Our role includes policy, legislation, regulations, program guidance, development of training courses, research, and technical assistance.
Our closest partners are other FHWA Headquarters offices, the FHWA Divisions and Resource Center, the Federal Transit Administration, other components of the U.S. DOT, the Environmental Protection Agency and other Federal resource agencies.
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