CEOs of departments of transportation (DOTs) face many challenges, including some that will have serious impacts on people's mobility and safety, and possibly on the tenure of CEOs. Many of these challenges revolve around the resilience of the transportation system—how well it can withstand disruptions from natural causes, catastrophic failures of the infrastructure or cyber events, and how quickly the agency can restore services when they are impacted.
The TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program's NCHRP Research Report 976: Resilience Primer for Transportation Executives provides a quick grounding in resilience benefits, the CEO’s role in resilience, and approaches taken in various states to increase the resilience of their transportation system. It also offers concepts and tools to lead agencies toward greater resilience.
An electronic brochure, Resilience in Your Pocket, details for practitioners internal and external resilience talking points and action steps.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Resilience Primer for Transportation Executives. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/26195.
|Chapter 1 - Introduction||3-3|
|Chapter 2 - The CEO Role in Resilience||4-12|
|Chapter 3 - How to Incorporate Resilience in Your Agency||13-22|
|Chapter 4 - Conclusion||23-23|
|Appendix A - Definitions of Resilience||24-25|
|Appendix B - Economic and Community Benefits of Resilience||26-27|
|Appendix C - Mutual Resilience Roles Within the Agency||28-29|
|Appendix D - Additional Useful Resources||30-34|
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