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Appendix B Stakeholder Input

Appendix B Stakeholder Input

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 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 challenges.
  • Future directions for Departmental research.
  • Ways to minimize unnecessary research duplication. The comments received are posted at: (Docket #25247)

Comments included the following:

Overall Comments

  • 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 and strategies.
  • 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 future vehicles.