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A Pandemic Playbook for Transportation Agencies


Understanding pandemics, their impacts to transportation, and potential effective response has become more important, not only for the response to COVID-19, but also if, as the World Health Organization warns, we are now “living in a time of viruses.”

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program and Transit Cooperative Research Program have jointly issued this pre-publication draft of NCHRP Research Report 963/TCRP Research Report 225: A Pandemic Playbook for Transportation Agencies, which was created to improve transportation agency responses to a pandemic.

The Playbook concentrates on what needs to be done, when and by whom. It briefly addresses planning for a pandemic, a topic addressed in greater depth in NCHRP Report 769: A Guide for Public Transportation Pandemic Planning and Response. It summarizes effective practices currently used by transportation agencies based on interviews with state departments of transportation and transit agency leaders and operational personnel, supplemented with national and international research results.

The final version of NCHRP Research Report 963/TCRP Research Report 225: A Pandemic Playbook for Transportation Agencies has been released and can be found at TRB has decided to continue to have the pre-publication version available online to ensure that any linkages or references to the publication that might be in use now are not lost. At the conclusion of the pandemic, the pre-publication version of the publication will be removed from the National Academies Press website.


Suggested Citation

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. A Pandemic Playbook for Transportation Agencies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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Chapters skim
Front Matter 1-3
Contents 4-6
Summary 7-8
Introduction 9-9
Part 1 10-18
Part 2 19-23
Part 3 24-58
Part 4 59-60
Chapter Notes 61-68
Appendices 69-80

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