Executive Summary

Strategic Planning Document -
Transportation R&D


This summary of Federal transportation research and development priorities has been prepared for the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) by the NSTC Committee on Transportation R&D and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The plan reflects current progress in the ongoing effort to assess Federal transportation research and to develop long-term R&D programs integrated across agencies in specific transportation-related areas of common interest. The plan was compiled from subcommittee reports which contain extensive additional detail concerning agency programs, goals, issues and resources. Efforts of the Committee in 1994 focused on identification of perceived R&D gaps and opportunities. The following objectives were developed for coordinated public and private R&D:

These objectives provide the foundation for generation in 1995 of detailed and comprehensive description of Federal transportation R&D goals, plans, measures, budgets, and priorities, including active coordination with relevant other NSTC Committees.

The purpose of this report is to highlight ongoing Federal research efforts in this science and technology (S&T) field and to identify new and promising areas where there might be gaps in Federal support. The report is intended for internal planning purposes within the Federal agencies and as a mechanism to convey to the S&T community the types of research and research priorities being sponsored and considered by the Federal agencies. The Administration is committed to a broad range of high priority investments (including science and technology), as well as to deficit reduction, and to a smaller, more efficient Federal government. These commitments have created a very challenging budget environment--requiring difficult decisions and a well thought-out strategy to ensure the best return for the nation's taxpayer. As part of this strategy, this document does not represent the final determinant in an overall Administration budget decision making process. The research programs presented in this report will have to compete for resources against many other high priority federal programs. If these programs compete successfully, they will be reflected in future Administration budgets.

Transportation R&D - Table of Contents


Executive Summary

I. Overview

II. Summary

II. Summary - continued

II. Summary - continued

III. Conclusion


Strategic Planning Document - Transportation R&D

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