Many of the data programs which we have grown to know and love (NHTS,
HPMS, travel monitoring, highway statistics, etc) were under Chip's
domain as well as FHWA policy analyses like Truck Size and Weight. For
the curious, here is the web site for the policy shop
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Subject: FW: Announcement of Key Leadership Change from J. Richard Capka
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2006 10:48:44 -0500
From: "Christopher, Ed" <Ed.Christopher(a)fhwa.dot.gov>
From: HAHR EXRES
Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2006 9:10 AM
To: HQTRS; ##ALLFIELD
Subject: Announcement of Key Leadership Change from J. Richard Capka
Charles (Chip) Nottingham, the Federal Highway
Administrations (FHWA) Associate Administrator for Policy and
Governmental Affairs, assumed the position of Chairman of the
Surface Transportation Board on August 14.
During the past 4 years, Chip has provided exceptional
leadership as the senior policy, legislative, and
congressional affairs manager for the FHWA. Among his many
accomplishments, he successfully coordinated the team that
played the key role in enabling Congress to pass, and the
President to sign the surface transportation reauthorization
Please join me in wishing Chip well in his new position.
It is time for a quick update on TRB papers. This year I am doing
something that I have learned that several other committees do. I am
sending around the list of Papers assigned to the committee and asking
for volunteers. Of course, I will also be making assignments as I don't
expect every paper to be fully subscribed. Attached is the list of
papers we have so far. Its only 21. I emphasis "so far". Yesterday,
due to the excessive demands on the TRB servers, TRB extended the
deadline another day and I am sure that TRB staff is waiting for things
to settle down before they take another run at their committee
If you see a paper that you would like to review let me know as soon as
possible. Also, if you see a paper and you know of someone not on the
committee who is a particular expert in the area and interested let me
know that too. As in years past, I expect to be pulling in reviewers
from outside the immediate committee to assure that we have the proper
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I snagged this off the TMIP listserve and thought I would pass it along.
I would encourage folks to take a look at the STEP website and provide
their research ideas where appropriate. There ae so many ways where
data fits into this.
Subject: Feedback on FHWA Research Program
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 16:21:50 -0400
The purpose of this message is to update you on the status of the
Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research
Program (STEP). Section 5207 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible,
Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)
established the STEP program. The goal of the STEP is to improve
understanding of the complex relationship between surface
transportation, planning, and the environment.
The STEP program will be the primary source of funding for TMIP.
By September 15, 2006, FHWA invites stakeholders to review the
implementation strategy and provide suggested lines of research that may
be pursued during fiscal year 2007 via the STEP website at:
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/HEP/STEP. For example, stakeholders who have an
interest in the "Tools to Support Environment and Planning" emphasis
area might suggest that it is important to research ways to implement
tour-based travel forecasting models or to integrate freight forecasting
models within MPO forecasting procedures. Access to the STEP Emphasis
Areas can be found by clicking on Strategies, then on STEP Emphasis
The STEP website and feedback system are available now, so please
provide comments at your earliest convenience.
FHWA does not seek specific, detailed research proposals and discourages
researchers from submitting proposals of that nature. Specific research
work statements, if pursued under the STEP, would be crafted by FHWA,
after careful consideration of stakeholder views.
Please share information about the STEP implementation strategy and
Web-based feedback system with other stakeholders. We look forward to
your feedback regarding this important cooperative research program.
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