Transportation System Resilience: CEO Primer & Engagement

The objectives of this project are to develop a primer and a series of briefings for state DOT CEOs and senior executives on transportation resilience. Together with the resilience research roadmap and resilience white papers currently being developed under NCHRP Project 20-59(54), this series of products and activities will lead into and inform the research in NCHRP Project 20-59(117) that will culminate in a national summit and peer exchange on transportation resilience to be held in late 2018. Accomplishment of the project objectives will require at least the following tasks: (1) Prepare an executive-level primer on transportation resilience--a concise and easy-to-follow report to explain the implications and dimensions of the emerging focus on resilience in transportation and the potential impact on agency programs. (2.)  Develop briefing materials on transportation resilience and provide a series of engagement forums (briefings) to senior transportation executives prior to the 2018 National Summit on Transportation Resilience. These forums will also serve to gauge interest in and garner support for resilience-related activities including the Summit, the resilience research roadmap, and local resilience-focused initiatives. The briefings are to inform the CEOs, get feedback from the CEOs on the briefings, and determine how best to structure the Summit so that it is meaningful and effective. Proposers are expected to provide detailed research plans with additional tasks described that will lead to the desired objectives. At a minimum, the research plans must include an amplified work plan, an interim report and associated in-person meeting with the project panel, draft final deliverables, and revised final deliverables. Systems interdependencies and lifelines should figure prominently in the primer and briefings developed under NCHRP 20-59(55). Contractors for NCHRP 20-59(55) are strongly encouraged to employ a construct adapted from the 2006 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Risk Management Framework, which calls on each sector to identify those functions, assets, networks, systems, and people (FANSP) that make up the nation’s critical infrastructure and key resources (CI/KR).  That construct was further elaborated on in the May 2007 Transportation Systems: Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Sector-Specific Plan as Input to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.  Each resiliency topic in the primer should explore interdependencies associated with the functions, assets, networks, systems, and people at a DOT that are impacted by actions or inactions taken to build resiliency around the subject area. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials will assist with outreach to state DOT CEOs for the primer and engagement forums; ballot the draft primer; upon approval, publish and distribute the primer; and assist with arranging the presentation of findings to appropriate audiences (e.g., by providing up-to-date contact information, time on agendas, etc.). It is anticipated that development of the primer and briefings will be iterative, with the final version of the primer revised at the conclusion of the 2018 National Summit on Transportation Resilience.  Proposers are encouraged to detail how they propose to engage CEOs: (a) in person, by webinars, or phone calls; (b) all CEOs together, in small groups, one CEO at a time; and/or (c) at the CEOs location.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-59(55)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth 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:

    Louis Berger and Associates, Incorporated

    100 Halsted Street
    East Orange, NJ  United States  07019
  • Principal Investigators:

    Matherly, Deborah

  • Start Date: 20170301
  • Expected Completion Date: 20211231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41295

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01618759
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-59(55)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 11 2016 1:00AM