Detailed Justification for Transportation Futures and Applied Technology Program

Detailed Justification for Transportation Futures and Applied Technology Program

FY 2008 Request: $0

Overview

The Transportation Futures Program is essential for enabling RITA to meet its Mineta Act mandate from Congress (PL 108-426), and is the next stage in the evolution of the Research, Development and Technology (RD&T) planning process established in FYs 2005 and 2006.  RITA has successfully institutionalized a process for coordinating, budget and program planning, and reviewing RD&T programs across the Department.  The Transportation Futures Program will add value to this process by adding the technical and analytical capabilities required to transform the RD&T Planning and Management function into that envisioned by the Congress and by the Secretary.

RITA’s unique role within DOT is to bring a cross-modal framework to modal research programs -- providing the technical assessments necessary for the Department to improve decision-making and policy-setting processes, eliminating program redundancies, and developing a long-range, multimodal roadmap for effective RD&T investment.

FY 2007 Base

The Transportation Futures Program is a new line item in the RITA budget.  The program expands upon activities formerly under the RD&T Coordination line.

Anticipated FY 2007 Accomplishments

This new program builds upon the work accomplished in FY 2006 in the RD&T Coordination program.  Under RD&T Coordination, RITA is developing the five-year transportation RD&T strategic plan, and conducting RD&T annual program reviews and RD&T budget and performance planning.

FY 2008 Budget Request: $0

In FY 2008, the Transportation Futures Program is being combined with the RD&T Coordination Program and thus, renamed.  The Transportation Futures Program was intended to help RITA meet its Mineta Act mission by providing the technical and analytical capabilities required to transform the RD&T planning and management function into that envisioned by the Secretary and Congress and will continue under the RD&T Coordination budget line item.