National Survey of US Public Transit Agency Experience with and Response to Extreme Weather Events
23 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2018
Date Written: November 30, 2016
Extreme weather events disrupt transit operations, impair service quality, increase threats to public safety, and damage infrastructure. This paper presents the findings from a recent national survey of public transit agencies in the US investigating their extreme weather experiences, perceived risks, responses, coordination efforts and preparation activities. We find that extreme events are common and transit managers perceive increased risks from these events. Most agencies rely on the ex post emergency management approaches rather than proactive adaptation to future expected extreme weather. Limited financial resources is the greatest challenge to adaptation planning and preparation.
Keywords: Extreme weather, public transit agencies, experience and response
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