Effects of Catastrophic Events on Transportation System Management and Operations: Comparative Analysis   [open pdf - 5MB]

"In order to provide a better understanding of how the surface transportation system is both affected and utilized in an emergency situation, the U.S. Department of Transportation Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Operations commissioned a series of six case studies examining the effects of catastrophic events on transportation system management and operations: 1. Blackout, New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan Area, August 14, 2003 2. Blackout, Great Lakes Region, August 14, 2003 3. Terrorist attack, New York City, September 11, 2001 4. Terrorist attack, Washington, D.C., September 11, 2001 5. Rail tunnel fire, Baltimore, Maryland, July 18, 2001 6. Earthquake, Northridge, California, January 18, 1994 Each of the events resulted in substantial, immediate, and adverse impacts on the transportation system, and each has had a varying degree of influence on the longer-term operation of transportation facilities and services in its respective region. This comparative analysis summarizes the surface transportation activities associated with these catastrophic events and the lessons learned from each. The case studies have provided material for a series of Transportation Response and Recovery Workshops developed by the FHWA and held in major metropolitan areas around the country."

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