Economic Impacts of Multi-Modal Transportation Network Recovery

Recent US planning documents focus on transportation network preparedness, emphasizing “securing and managing flows of people and goods” along transportation networks. Presidential Policy Directive 21 states that critical infrastructure “must be secure and able to withstand and rapidly recover from all hazards.” This combination of the abilities to (i) withstand the effects of a disruption and (ii) recover timely is often referred to as resilience. A prior Southern Plains Transportation Center (SPTC) project dealt with the vulnerability dimension of resilience by approaching the importance of the components in a multi-modal transportation network relative to (i) their commodity flows and (ii) the interdependent, multi-regional, multi-industry impact of those commodity flows (as a primary role of the multi-modal network is as a connector of multiple industries). This project will extend the previous project to include the recoverability dimension of resilience to provide an optimization formulation to recover disrupted components in the multi-modal transportation network with multi-industry impacts in mind. The importance of this work to transportation planners is in understanding (i) what order of components to repair and (ii) how to schedule work crews to perform this repair. This could assist municipalities for short-term recovery actions (e.g., debris removal) and state-level entities for long-term actions (e.g., rebuilding damaged assets). An important innovation in this work is the inclusion of multi-industry economic impacts, providing insights on recovery processes that lessen adverse economic impacts.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contract to a Performing Organization has not yet been awarded.


  • Status: Completed
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Southern Plains Transportation Center

    University of Oklahoma
    201 Stephenson Pkwy, Suite 4200
    Norman, OK  United States  73019
  • Principal Investigators:

    Barker, Kash

  • Start Date: 20171015
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01650551
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Southern Plains Transportation Center
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 1 2017 2:01PM