DOT’s Vision for Transportation Research
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DOT’s Vision for Transportation Research

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    00783744
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    0033-3735
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    NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-PLANNING AND POLICY
  • Abstract:
    With an eye on the transportation system of the mid-21st century, the leadership of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has an new vision of the way research programs in the department will work. More and more, the surface and maritime programs in DOT are being tied to the strategic goals for the nation's transportation system: safety, mobility, human and natural environment, economic growth and trade, and national security. The new approach to research emphasizes cooperation, information-sharing, and development of formal research agendas among the agencies within DOT and across the entire government. It promotes partnerships with state and local governments, academia, and the private sector to accelerate the transformation of new technology, concepts, and ideas into better transportation systems, processes, and services quicker and more cost effectively. It also reflects an added sophistication in research decision-making and program formulation. The new vision for transportation innovation was first laid out in 1997 by the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Transportation Research and Development. In May 1999, a broader National Transportation Science and Technology Strategy was released. Both strategies used a four-tiered approach to transportation science and technology as the framework for the innovation process. The first tier is the strategic planning, policy research, and other activities to ensure that all transportation innovation, research, and education activities support the national transportation goals. The second tier represents strategic public-private partnership initiatives that address recognized national needs; have a technology focus; and, if successful, could rely on existing market forces and the private sector for implementation. The third tier is enabling research, while the fourth tier is transportation education and training.
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