RES2016-30: The Use of Freight Advisory Committees in Responding to Freight Supply Chain Disruptions

The objective of this research project was to develop approaches for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to consider that would empower its state and regional freight advisory committees (FACs) to serve as coordinating bodies in the event of disruptions that would have an adverse impact on the supply chains of shippers critical to the vitality of Tennessee’s economy. The research activity was comprised of three tasks: (1) review existing supply chain response coordination efforts, (2) develop supply chain disruption scenarios applicable to Tennessee, and (3) facilitate discussions with TDOT’s state and regional FACs to formulate a list of strategies that would engage these groups in improving future supply chain disruption response. Based on these findings, TDOT is encouraged to take the following actions: (1) Appoint one or more FAC members as representatives to participate in TDOT/TEMA operations planning and to attend/present at TDOT’s annual incident management conference. In this manner, FAC members will be able to provide input and serve as a liaison to freight community. (2) Share TDOT’s route diversion plan with the FACs for comment. Feedback received could prove instrumental in maintaining supply chain continuity and in providing food, water and supplies to areas of immediate need. (3) Ask FACs to identify routes that need to be repaired/reopened in the event of a supply chain disruption. This would consist of a prioritized list of critical freight infrastructure that could have the greatest impact on saving lives and maintaining economic vitality following an event. This could also impact planning in terms of how projects are prioritized to improve response/recovery. (4) In concert with TDOT and TEMA, have FACs help develop a communications plan so that the freight industry is fully aware of the status of transportation disruptions during a hazard event. These recommendations can be achieved through a follow-up project implemented as part of TDOT’s research program.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $112378
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Tennessee Department of Transportation

    James K. Polk Building
    Fifth and Deaderick Street
    Nashville, TN  United States  37243-0349
  • Managing Organizations:

    Tennessee Department of Transportation

    James K. Polk Building
    Fifth and Deaderick Street
    Nashville, TN  United States  37243-0349
  • Performing Organizations:

    Vanderbilt University

    Box 96-B
    Nashville, TN  United States  37235
  • Principal Investigators:

    Abkowitz, Mark

  • Start Date: 20161220
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180613
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180613
  • USDOT Program: Transportation, Planning, Research, and Development

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01764383
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: RES2016-30
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 4 2021 2:57PM