Surface Transportation Security Research

Emergencies arising from terrorist threats highlight the need for transportation managers to minimize the vulnerability of people and assets through incident prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Managers are seeking to reduce the chances that transportation vehicles and facilities are targets or instruments of terrorist attacks and to be prepared to respond to and recover from such possibilities. The Transit Cooperative Research Program has budgeted $2.75 million for coordinated security-related research in FY 2002 through FY 2006 (see The National Cooperative Highway Research Program has budgeted $6.5 million in FY 2002 through FY 2010 for coordinated security-related research (see A consolidated list of these and other security-related projects is updated monthly and posted online (see TRB-published reports can be accessed at Although a wealth of new resources is now available or under development through the cooperative research programs, TRB and the National Academies have generated extensive information on these issues in recent years. The TRB Transportation System Security website ( brings together much of this information. Also included are links to other related websites that contain discussions of issues, actions which can be taken, guidance, and training opportunities. The TRB Transportation System Security website is sponsored by the TRB Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection ( and is updated regularly. The AASHTO Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (formerly the Task Force on Transportation Security) and the APTA Executive Committee Security Affairs Steering Committee provide steering direction to the coordinated Cooperative Research Programs Security Research under NCHRP and TCRP, respectively. In addition, a technical panel provides all-hazards, all modes oversight and project selection guidance through NCHRP Project Panel 20-59, Surface Transportation Security Research, was in effect through 2014. In 2016, the 20-59 panel became responsible for NCHRP's projects on resilience. The objective of this program is to provide flexible, ongoing, quick-response research on transportation issues related to resilience, emergency incident prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery, paying particular attention to potential terrorist threats. Such research should be designed to develop improvements to analytical methods, decision support tools, procedures, and techniques employed by practitioners to support statewide, local, and metropolitan transportation organizations in planning, exercising, and evaluating their security programs.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-59

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Science Applications International Corporation

    1710 SAIC Drive
    McLean, VA  United States  22102

    McCormick, Taylor & Associates, Incorporated

    Two Commerce Square
    2001 Market Street
    Philadlphia, PA  United States  19103
  • Principal Investigators:

    Boyd, Annabelle

    Friedman, David

    Balog, John

  • Start Date: 20070801
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20230725
  • Source Data: RiP Project 7434

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547266
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-59
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 4 2014 1:01AM