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STEP 2010 TRB Handout

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.

Publication No. FHWA-HEP-10-012, January 2010

5 Facts You Should Know About Step

  1. STEP is a federally administered research effort to help improve the understanding of the relationship between surface transportation, planning, and the environment.
  2. STEP funds can be awarded to state/local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, universities, federal agencies, and the private sector.
  3. STEP stakeholder input is used to help identify and prioritize STEP research topics
  4. STEP funds are used to identify, address and reassess national research priorities for planning, environment and realty.
  5. More STEP information and research results are available at:

Program Overview

STEP is a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) research program authorized in the "Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A legacy for Users" (SAFETEA-LU).

Environment: Air Quality & Climate Change; water/wetlands/vegetation/wildlife/habitats/brownlands; Environmental Streamlining/Stewardship; Context Sensitive Solutions; Bicycle/Pedestrian & Health; Historic Preservation; Noise. Planning: Congestion, Safety Planning; Freight Planning; Public Involvement, Environmental Justice; Visualization in Planning; Other Activities That Support State/Local/Tribal Planning Capacity Building; US/Canada & US/Mexico Border Planning; National Security, Defense & Interstate Planning; Real Estate Services: Real Estate Program Stewardship; Outdoor Advertising Control. Support Tools: Travel Modeling; Geographic Information Systems.

Environment, Planning and Real Estate Initiatives

STEP research improves state of the practice regarding the impact of transportation on the environment.

Supporting Tools

Census Transportation Planning Package

STEP Publications



Real Estate Services

For further information on each publication, please contact the emphasis area representative.

How to Get Involved with STEP

Stakeholders are involved in a variety of ways. The information below provides tips for stakeholder participation.

Updated: 9/30/2012
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