ABSTRACT

Effects of Catastrophic Events on Transportation System Management and Operations: August 2003 Northeast Blackout Great Lakes Region   [open pdf - 436KB]

"This report documents the actions taken by transportation agencies in response to the August 14, 2003, blackout throughout the Northeast. It is part of a larger effort to examine the impacts of catastrophic events on transportation system facilities and services and the role that intelligent transportation systems (ITS) play in emergencies. It also highlights the importance of good communications between transportation agency staff and the public safety officials who are the first responders during catastrophic events. The findings documented in this report are a result of the creation of a detailed chronology of events in the Great Lakes region, a literature search, and interviews of key personnel involved in transportation operations decision-making during the blackout. A companion case study of the New York City area has also been prepared. As part of a larger effort, four case studies have already been produced examining catastrophic events: 1) New York, N.Y., terrorist attack, September 11, 2001 2) Washington, D.C., terrorist attack, September 11, 2001 3) Baltimore, Md., rail tunnel fire, July 18, 2001 4) Northridge, Calif., earthquake, January 17, 1994."

Report Number:
DOT-VNTSC-FHWA-04-02
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Date:
2004-05
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
National Transportation Library: http://ntl.bts.gov/
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pdf
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