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Emergency Relief Reports

Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems Threatened by Natural Disasters

In 2014, FTA sponsored the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) to develop a compendium of practices used by transit agencies to improve the resilience of their systems to natural disasters. The research backing up this guide includes an extensive literature review and 17 case studies that showcase leading practices in resilience adoption across a wide spectrum of transit agency organizational structures, sizes, hazard profiles, and regions. 

  • On March 12, 2018, FTA and TRB held a webinar to share the results of this research with stakeholders.

Other Reports

    • Microgrids and Their Application for Airports and Public Transit (2018)
      This report describes microgrids that airports and public transit agencies can implement to increase resilience of their critical infrastructure.
    • Response to Extreme Weather Impacts on Transportation Systems (2014)
      This report examines eight cases of extreme weather in the United States from the perspectives of transportation operations, maintenance, design, construction, planning, communications, interagency coordination, and data and knowledge management.
    • The Role of Transit in Emergency Evacuations (2008)
      This report explores the roles that transit systems can play in accommodating the evacuation, egress, and ingress of people from and to critical locations in times of emergency. 
    • Paratransit Emergency Preparedness and Operations Handbook (2013)
      This report includes guidance, strategies, tools, and resources to help paratransit service providers plan and prepare for, respond to, and recover from a range of emergencies. The guidance has applicability to urban, suburban, rural, and tribal paratransit operating environments.
    • Guidelines for Ferry Transportation Services (2012)
      This report examines the history and characteristics of ferry systems throughout North America and offers guidelines for planning, marketing, operating, and managing a ferry system as a component of an overall transportation network, including the role of ferries in disaster preparedness and response.
    • Transportation and Emergency Preparedness Checklist
      This checklist was developed by a gathering of public and community transportation professionals who convened in April 2006 at the behest of the National Consortium on the Coordination of Human Service Transportation. It is intended to provide practical guidance to transportation providers and their partner organizations in planning for the transport of persons requiring mobility assistance in the event of an emergency.
    Updated: Monday, October 29, 2018
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