Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation (DOT) coordinates with USGCRP and its participating agencies to inform transportation system mitigation and resilience solutions. DOT initiatives to improve the resilience of the U.S. transportation sector include:
- The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are working with States, public transportation agencies, and metropolitan areas to increase the health and longevity of the Nation's Highways and public transportation systems, respectively, through an ongoing program of assessing vulnerabilities; considering resilience in the transportation planning process; incorporating resilience in asset management plans; addressing resilience in project development and design; and optimizing operations and maintenance practices.
- The Maritime Administration (MARAD) Ports Team is scoping a framework for a proposed asset management tool called the “Waterfront Asset Management Tool” (WFAM) for domestic port planning. This proposed asset management tool would assist public and private ports with tools to establish risk-based asset management plans to prioritize maintenance dollars and provide justification for spending scarce funding for maintenance and/or resiliency priorities.
- The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R) is working in partnership with FHWA and DOT’s Office of Intelligence, Security, and Emergency Response to ensure that the costs and benefits of resilience are incorporated into the transportation infrastructure planning process. The goal is to develop nationally replicable modelling tools capable of estimating the regional-scale impacts of natural and man-made disasters on the transportation system. These tools will enhance pre-event planning and disaster recovery capabilities.