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2009 Annual Report


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 research web site.

Executive Summary

Pie chart: FY2009 Research Budgets by Category: Environment 5,953,500; Planning 4,975,000; Tools to Support Environment and Planning 1,575,000; Program Management and Outreach 1,000,000; HEP Associate Administrator 1,185,934.

*Includes funds that were provided in supplemental apprpriations via technical corrections late in FY 2009.

Figure 1: FY2009 Research Budgets by Category

Since 2006, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has administered the Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP) to encourage new, strategic, and applied research on the relationship between surface transportation planning and the environment. Federal, State, and other stakeholders are involved throughout the STEP process to shape, refine, and implement research agendas.


Section 5207 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) established the STEP program for 2006-2009. SAFETEA-LU authorized $16.875 million annually to implement the STEP. After adjusting for obligation limitations, rescissions, and the over-designation of Title V Research in SAFETEA-LU, $14.5 million was available for the FY2009 STEP.

FY2009 STEP Accomplishments


STEP is the primary source of SAFETEA-LU funding for FHWA research on planning and the environment.


Updated: 9/30/2012
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