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Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Annual Report

Executive Summary

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.

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.

FY 2011 Research Budgets by Category*

HEP Associate Administrator, $8,313,039. Environment, $2,960,000. Planning, $775,000. Real Estate Services, $680,000. Tools to Support Environment and Planning, $700,000. Program Management and Outreach, $1,120,000.

*Includes funds that were provided in supplemental appropriations via
technical corrections late in FY2011.


Section 5207 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) established the STEP. SAFETEA-LU and continuing resolutions authorized $16.875 million annually to implement the STEP. After adjusting for obligation limitations, rescissions, and the over-designation

FY2011 STEP Accomplishments


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

Updated: 9/30/2012
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