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2009 STEP Power Point Presentation

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: A Federal Research Program - conducting research that links to practice.

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What is FHWA's STEP?

STEP Background

STEP Objectives

FHWA's STEP Emphasis Areas

Image of a Venn diagram illustrating the relationship between STEP emphasis areas. STEP emphasis areas are grouped under environment, planning, and tools to support environment and planning. FHWA's STEP environment emphasis areas include; Air Quality & Global Climate Change, Water/Wetlands/Vegetation/Wildlife/Habitat/Brownfields, Outdoor Advertising Control/Realty, Environmental Streamlining/Stewardship, Context Sensitive Solutions, Bicycle /Pedestrian and Health, Historic Preservation, and Noise. FHWA's STEP planning emphasis areas include; Congestion, Safety Planning, Freight Planning, Public Involvement, Environmental Justice, Visualization in Planning, U.S. Canada & U.S. Mexico Border Planning, and National Security, Defense, & Interstate Planning. FHWA's STEP tools to support environment & planning include Travel Modeling and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

FHWA's STEP Legislative Guidance

How is FHWA's STEP funded?

Who gets FHWA's STEP money?

How are FHWA's STEP funds awarded?

FHWA's STEP Funds Match Requirement

FHWA's STEP - Challenges

Stakeholder Involvement

STEP Tier I Stakeholders

STEP Tier II Stakeholders

STEP Tier III Stakeholders

Nongovernmental Transportation and Environmental Stakeholders

  • American Automobile Association
  • American Road & Transportation Builders Association
  • American Highway Users Alliance
  • Surface Transportation Policy Project
  • Defenders of Wildlife American
  • Association of Retired Persons
  • Sierra Club
  • Conservation Law Foundation
  • American Council of Engineering Companies
  • American Planning Association
  • League of American Bicyclists
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • International Right of Way Association
  • National Alliance of Highway Beautification Agencies

STEP Implementation Stages

Stage 1: Strategy Development/Outreach

Stage 2: Overall STEP Plan Development

Stage 3: Emphasis Area Work Plan Development/Implementation

Stage 4: Research Deployment and Dissemination


STEP Emphasis Areas & Estimated FY09 Funding


  • Water/Wetlands/Vegetation/Wildlife/ Habitat/Brownfields
  • $1,070,000
  • Environmental Streamlining and Stewardship
  • $1,663,500
  • Air Quality & Global Climate Change
  • $1,250,000
  • Outdoor Advertising Control/Realty Program
  • $585,000
  • Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)
  • $500,000
  • Noise
  • $390,000
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Health
  • $270,000
  • Historic Preservation
  • $225,000


  • Activities that Support State/Local/Tribal Planning Capacity Building
  • $2,600,000
  • Congestion
  • $750,000
  • National Security, Defense, and Interstate Planning
  • $600,000
  • U.S./Canada and U.S. Mexico Border Planning
  • $525,000
  • Public Involvement, Environmental Justice, Visualization in Planning
  • $200,000
  • Freight
  • $200,000
  • Safety Planning
  • $100,000

Tools to Support Environment & Planning

  • Travel Modeling
  • $1,170,000
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • $405,000

STEP Program Management and Outreach

  • Program Outreach
  • $350,000
  • Financial Management Support
  • $350,000
  • Web site support for Research and Programs
  • $300,000

STEP Environment Research Highlights

Climate Change Local Mitigation and Impacts

Image of the kind of native vegetation growing in the ROW that NMDOT will be quantifying to determine the amount of greenhouse gas produced in the largest volume by human activities that can be sequestered.

Ecological Grant Program

International Best Management Practices (BMP) Stormwater Database

Interim Report to the U.S. Congress on the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program

STEP Planning Research Highlights

Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Program

Border Wait Times

STEP Tools to Support Environment & Planning Research Highlights

Travel Modeling

Using GIS in Planning and Environment Linkages

STEP Implementation Timeline

Environment Emphasis Area Contacts

Planning Emphasis Area Contacts

Planning Focus Areas

State/Local/Tribal Planning Capacity Building

National/International Planning

Tools to Support Planning and Environment

Program Management and Outreach .Emphasis Area Contact

This information has been provided by the Federal Highway Administration's Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP)
Updated: 9/30/2012
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