This report provides the outlook for the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Research and Technology (R&T) Program for 1996-2000. It identifies the transportation issues that the FHWA can help resolve; and the R&T products, practices, or services that the FHWA develops and delivers to do so. The R&T Program is funded through FHWA's annual appropriations and authorizations in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), and will continue to develop and implement new technologies that can improve transportation performance at lower overall costs. The report includes the introduction, and an explanation of the R&T Program Management. The Research and Technology Executive Board provides policy direction and reviews FHWA's R&T Program priorities. The Research and Technology Coordinating Groups, composed of cross-organizational FHWA groups, develop and review the R&T Program budget and acquisition plans. The Research and Technology Coordinating Committee, convened by the Transportation Research Board at FHWA's request, assists FHWA in identifying research gaps and duplications, and plans ways to increase State, local, and private sector participation in highway research. The report also includes a list of abbreviations at the end. The report covers the following research areas: highway safety; motor carrier safety; intelligent transportation systems (includes advanced travel management, advanced commercial vehicle systems, rural applications of ITS, system architecture and standards, and automated highway system); infrastructure assessment and renewal (includes research and development: pavements and structures; materials to strengthen and enhance performance; construction repair, and rehabilitation of highway infrastructure; systems management to increase service life; infrastructure to meet the needs of commercial vehicles; long-term pavement performance program; and exploratory research); productivity, planning, and the environment (includes planning research, policy research, environmental research, and right-of-way research); and technology transfer (includes technology assessment and deployment, education and training, and international programs).

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, 6300 Georgetown Pike
    McLean, VA  United States  22101
  • Publication Date: 1996-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 42 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00725002
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-96-094
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1996 12:00AM