Deploying Transportation Resilience Practices in State DOTs

Although comparatively large public- and private-sector investments have been made to improve transportation system resiliency over the past decade, the 2013 TRB Report on Critical Issues in Transportation concluded that “[T]he performance of the transportation system is neither reliable nor resilient, yet transportation’s role in economic revival and in global economic competition has never been more important.” This finding was echoed by AASHTO’s Standing Committee on Research (SCOR) which noted that “[a] major performance issue across all modes is the inadequacy of preparation” for natural and human-made disasters as well as for extreme weather events when it identified resilience as the number one NCHRP Emphasis Area for FY2017. SCOR also noted that the application of resiliency engineering in the transportation sector is still in its infancy. This finding is echoed by the USDOT, the National Research Council, AASHTO’s Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management and others that have indicated the need for more work to be done in implementing systemic resilience-based approaches in surface transportation. TRB cooperative research projects have produced a wealth of resiliency-related studies, products, guidelines and effective practices aimed at those responsible for system operations and performance. Those research projects have included recommendations for implementation but have not had dedicated resources to carry out a systematic program of implementation support. Consequently, in spite of this large collective research effort, successful “on-the-ground” deployment has been ad hoc, inconsistent, fragmented, and slow. The fundamental problem is that new guidelines and effective practices developed by these and other programs are not being deployed by the state DOTs in a timely and uniform manner, leaving travelers, businesses, and governments at greater risk than necessary. Research is needed to develop a set of implementation support tools and services to assist state DOTs and other entities in deploying resilience-based innovations and effective practices found effective at the state, local, tribal, and territorial scales. The objectives of this research are to assist state DOTs and other entities in achieving a resilience-focused culture in their organization through developing (1) a Transportation Resilience Guide and Toolkit (with associated model curricula) and (2) a national summit and peer exchange on transportation resiliency. The resilience guide and toolkit should present the state of the art and the state of the practice. The national summit and peer exchange should showcase effective practices across the transportation enterprise, particularly focused on implementation within the varied policy environments of state DOTs.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $1076200
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-117

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:


    One Penn Plaza
    250 W 34th Street
    New York, New York  United States  10119
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hammond, Paula

  • Start Date: 20170616
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200930
  • Actual Completion Date: 20200930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40854

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01599006
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-117
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: May 12 2016 1:00AM