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:
. 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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