Resilient Transportation Systems in a Post-Disaster Environment: A Case Study of Opportunities Realized and Missed in New Orleans and the Louisiana Coastal Region

Research efforts will focus on specific non-highway transportation systems which have been used in response to recent man-made and natural disasters in the United States. The 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center will be used to establish a national perspective on non-highway modes for disaster evacuation and recovery: i.e. public transit, passenger and freight rail, and maritime. These same systems, serving both New Orleans and Coastal Louisiana, have also been used in post-disaster evacuation and recovery efforts since August, 2005. We will review the impacts to and response of these systems in specific natural disasters: i.e. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Ike and Gustav in 2008. These storms and their aftermath exposed significant disconnects in our pre-storm disaster planning relative to the use of specific transportation assets. Recommendations will be made per mode so that individually and collectively they will form integral parts of a resilient transportation system serving the region, the state as well as the nation's Hurricane Belt.


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  • Accession Number: 01464113
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:36PM