Appendix C. DOT Goals and RDT Strategies

Appendix C. DOT Goals and RDT Strategies

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DOT Goal RD&T Strategies
Safety

Enhance public health and safety by working toward the elimination of transportation-related deaths and injuries
• Conduct and support research to understand and address the causal factors and risks in accidents and to anticipate future safety risks in all transportation modes

• Conduct and support research to determine the most effective ways of mitigating the consequences of transportation accidents and incidents in all modes

• Support safety rulemaking by assessing the potential safety impacts of new transportation technologies, vehicles, concepts, designs, and procedures
Reduced Congestion

Reduce congestion and other impediments to using the Nations transportation system
• Conduct and support research to reduce urban and suburban traffic congestion, freight gateway congestion, and aviation system congestion

• Conduct and support research to extend the life of the existing transportation system and improve the durability of infrastructure

• Conduct and support research to advance the use of next generation technologies and to make effective use of combinations of modes in moving people and goods

• Conduct and support research to improve the planning, operation, and management of surface transportation and aviation services and assets

• Conduct and support research to improve transportation services for underserved areas and populations

• Advance the Nations transportation research capability through capacity building, fellowships, grants, and cooperative research with universities, the private sector, and State and local governments
Global Connectivity

Facilitate an international transportation system that promotes economic growth and development
• Conduct and support research leading to harmonized international standards, improved cross-border collaboration, and global leadership for U.S. transportation providers
Environmental Stewardship

Promote transportation solutions that enhance communities and protect the natural and built environment
• Conduct and support research to understand the various impacts of transportation activities on the natural and built environment and communities and to advance technologies and concepts to mitigate those impacts

• Conduct and support research on ways to improve the environmental review process to achieve the timely delivery of transportation projects
Security, Preparedness, and Response

Balance transportation security requirements with the safety, mobility and economic needs of the Nation and be prepared to respond to emergencies that affect the viability of the transportation sector
• Conduct and support research to reduce the vulnerability of transportation systems and to improve their ability to prepare for and recover from attacks, natural disasters, and emergencies

• Conduct and support research to develop technologies and procedures to secure hazardous materials shipments and to assess the risks of hazmat events
Organizational Excellence

Advance the Department's ability to manage for results and achieve the goals of the President's Management Agenda
• Consistently apply the Presidents R&D Investment Criteriarelevance, quality, and performanceto all DOT-sponsored and in-house research