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Resilience Primer for Transportation Executives

Posted on Aug. 16, 2021

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Transportation Research Board; National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Co-authored by Deborah Matherly, Jane Mobley, WSP USA Solutions; Patricia Bye; Joan McDonald, JMM Strategic Solutions, LLC; William Ankner, Karl Kim, Eric Yamashita, University of Hawaii, NDPTC; Clemson University Pam Murray-Tuite; Anurag Pande, California Polytechnic State University; Florida Atlantic University John Renne; Louisiana State University Brian Wolshon

CEOs of departments of transportation (DOTs) face many challenges, including some that will have serious impacts on people's mobility and safety, and possibly on the tenure of CEOs. Many of these challenges revolve around the resilience of the transportation system—how well it can withstand disruptions from natural causes, catastrophic failures of the infrastructure or cyber events, and how quickly the agency can restore services when they are impacted.

The TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program's NCHRP Research Report 976: Resilience Primer for Transportation Executives provides a quick grounding in resilience benefits, the CEO’s role in resilience, and approaches taken in various states to increase the resilience of their transportation system. It also offers concepts and tools to lead agencies toward greater resilience.

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