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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). Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program.

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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).

Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program

5 FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT STEP

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  • STEP is a federally administered research effort to help improve the understanding of the relationship between surface transportation, planning, and the environment.

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Environment, Planning and Real Estate Initiatives

  • STEP funds can be awarded to state/local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, universities, federal agencies, and the private sector.
  • STEP research improves state of the practice regarding the impact of transportation on the environment.
    • Climate Change
    • Economic Development Case Studies
    • Effects of Commercial Electronic Variable Message Signs on Drivers
    • Health and Environmental Benefits of Walking and Biking
    • Improving Project Delivery
    • Linking Land Use and Planning
    • Mobile Source Emissions Analysis
    • Stormwater Management Techniques

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  • STEP stakeholder input is used to help identify and prioritize STEP research topics.

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  • STEP funds are used to identify, address and reassess national research priorities for planning, environment and realty.

Supporting Tools

  • The following STEP tools are developed in partnership with state and local government.
    • Census Transportation Planning Package
    • FHWA Traffic Noise Model version 3.0 Development
    • GIS for Transportation Applications Database
    • Global Positioning System Tool for Corridor Vegetation Inventories
    • Right of Way Professional Competency Navigator Tool
    • Web-based Biological Assessment Tool

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  • More STEP information and research results are available at:

www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/step/index.htm

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

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HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH STEP

STEP Publications

  • Stakeholders are involved in a variety of ways. The information below provides tips for stakeholder participation.
    • Review proposed FY2010 STEP Implementation Strategy, which outlines the likely research priorities for the year at:
    • Develop and submit feedback on suggested lines of research that are related to the proposed STEP research priorities at:
    • Review Annual STEP Plan on the STEP website, once approved by HEP Associate Administrator at:
    • After the STEP Plan has been approved, monitor FEDBIZOPPS.GOV. Funding opportunities will be posted at:
  • Through STEP funding, the following publications were developed to support the various emphasis areas:
    • ENVIRONMENT
    • Best Practices Manual: Wildlife Vehicle Collision Reduction Study
    • Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Evaluation Study
    • Guidebook: Context Sensitive Solutions in Designing Urban Thoroughfares for Walkable Communities
    • Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure--Gulf Coast Study, Phase I
    • State Transportation Liaison Funded Positions Study
    • Structural Acoustic Analysis of Piles Study
    • Ten (10) Simple Steps to Reducing Climate Change
    • PLANNING
    • A Guide to Transportation Decisionmaking
    • A Primer on Safety Performance Measures and the Transportation Planning Process
    • Border Master Plans – California/Baja California
    • Building Planning Capacity Between Public and Private Sector Partners with the Freight Industry: A Resource Manual
    • Statewide Opportunities for Linking Planning and Operations
    • The Transportation Planning Process: Key Issues
    • REAL ESTATE SERVICES
    • Real Estate Acquisition Guide for Local Public Agencies
    • Utilization of Right of Way Incentive Payments
    • International Right of Way and Utility Scan

www.fhwa.dot.gov/HEP/STEP/strategy.htm

http://knowledge.fhwa.dot.gov/cops/step.nsf/home

www.fhwa.dot.gov/HEP/STEP/plans.htm

www.fbo.gov

STEP CONTACTS

Stakeholders should contact individual STEP emphasis area representatives to discuss the status of research in specific areas. STEP contacts are located on the STEP website—

www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/step/contacts.htm

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

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