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STEP Fiscal Year 2012 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.

Pie chart: FY2012 Research Budgets by Category. HEP Associate Administrator $1,213,685. Environment $5,698,586. Planning $3,475,000. Real Estate Services $795,000. Tools to support Environmen6t and Planning $1,425,000. Program Management and Outreach, $1,312,000.

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. SAFETEA-LU and continuing resolutions 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, $13.9 million was available for the FY2012 STEP.

FY2012 STEP Accomplishments


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Updated: 9/30/2012
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