TABLE 5-1 Funding for Surface Transportation Research

Transportation Research Program

FY 2001 ($ in millions)

Federal Highway Administration

 

Surface transportation research

86.1

Technology deployment

39.6

Training and education

15.8

Intelligent transportation systems

42.5

University transportation centers

23.9

State Highway

 

National Cooperative Highway Research Program

30.6

Other federal funds

185

State funds

153

Private Sector

75–150

Totala

621–696

aTotal federal funds spent on surface transportation in FY 2001 were $393 million.

SOURCE: TRB (2001b).

among decision makers, researchers, program managers, and state highway personnel. See Table 5-1 for a summary of research funding for surface transportation.

In FY 2001 the FHWA spent nearly $184 million on surface transportation research, technology deployment, training and education, and intelligent transportation system research and development (TRB, 2001b). About $2.5 million of this funding is devoted to road weather research and development (see Table 5-2). The FHWA also supports the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, the Highway Safety Information System database,1 and the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office. The FHWA conducts some research itself and contracts for the remainder with private firms, universities, and research institutes. The administration typically selects its research contractors through merit-based competition. In recent years, however, Congress has designated more research projects and research performers. Congressional designations under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century for 1999, 2000, and 2001 amounted to 44

1  

The Highway Safety Information System database includes crash, roadway inventory, and traffic-flow data from eight states and is used to study safety issues in roadway design, maintenance, and safety treatments.



The National Academies | 500 Fifth St. N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20001
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use and Privacy Statement