As required by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, this
Transportation Research, Development and Technology Strategic Plan incorporates input from a broad range of
Departmental stakeholders, including State and local transportation agencies, not-for-profit institutions, academia,
and the private sector.
Primary outreach occurred through the posting of a working draft of the plan on the Department’s Docket
Management System at http://dms.dot.gov. At this site, stakeholders were able to access the draft and submit
comments. To obtain further stakeholder input, the Department published a Federal Register Notice on July 12,
2006. The Department also announced the availability of the draft plan through RITA’s website (with a link to the
Department’s Docket Management System) and disseminated a notice of availability for comment on July 11
through TRB’s E-Newsletter. Through these mechanisms, the Department requested comments from stakeholders
in the following specific areas:
- The relevance of the Department’s emerging research priorities to the Nation’s most pressing transportation
- Future directions for Departmental research.
- Ways to minimize unnecessary research duplication. The comments received are posted at: http://dms.dot.gov/search/searchResultsSimple.cfm (Docket #25247)
Comments included the following:
- Commend DOT for preparing a multiyear strategic RD&T plan.
- Multiple comments on options for organizing or connecting RD&T programs and projects to goals
- Continue emphasis on standards development, transit safety, and emergency preparedness.
- Place greater emphasis on RD&T supporting infrastructure preservation and durability.
- There is no obvious duplication of highway research with that of State DOTs.
Requests for Additional Information
- Provide more information on collaboration with other departments. Addressed in Chapter 9.
- Provide more information on DOT internal RD&T coordination. Addressed in Chapter 10.
- Provide more information on metrics and performance. Addressed in Chapter 10.
- Provide more information on the historical background for transportation RD&T.
- Provide information on the deployment of research results.
- Discuss DOT’s unique role in highway RD&T.
- Acknowledge constraints on strategic RD&T planning.
- Provide more details on RD&T programs that will support DOT’s emerging research priorities.
- Include the role of transportation libraries in information sharing and dissemination of research results.
Need for Additional Research
- Support further research in advanced vehicle technologies for safety.
- Support maritime and policy research.
- Accelerate development and deployment of fuel efficiency technologies for commercial aviation.
- Include research and development initiatives to advance real-time traffic data collection and dissemination.
- Further research on human factors in hazmat incidents, train control systems, standardized measurements for puncture-resistant tank cars, and remote monitoring.
- Research on transportation impacts on climate change.
- Research on unintended consequences to pedestrians of the reduction in sound emitted by hybrid and