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Ongoing Planning, Environment, and Realty Research

The Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty's (HEP) research activities support program and policy objectives that help the FHWA create the best transportation system in the world. The research primarily addresses topics associated with comprehensive intermodal and multimodal transportation planning, enhancement of community and social benefits of highway transportation, and improvements to the quality of the natural and human environment—by reducing highway-related impacts and by protecting and enhancing ecosystems. Additionally, research on the fair and prudent acquisition and management of real property is carried out. Research is categorized under three disciplines and further divided into five offices: Planning, Project Development and Environmental Review, Human Environment, Natural Environment, and Real Estate Services.

Updated: Monday, December 2, 2019