National Survey of US Public Transit Agency Experience with and Response to Extreme Weather Events

23 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2018

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Eric Welch

Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies

Qing Miao

Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies

Fengxiu Zhang

Arizona State University (ASU), School of Public Affairs, Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies

P. S. Sriraj

University of Illinois at Chicago

Date Written: November 30, 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Welch, Eric and Miao, Qing and Zhang, Fengxiu and Sriraj, P. S., National Survey of US Public Transit Agency Experience with and Response to Extreme Weather Events (November 30, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3092890 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3092890

Eric Welch

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Qing Miao

Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies ( email )

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Fengxiu Zhang (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU), School of Public Affairs, Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies ( email )

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United States

P. S. Sriraj

University of Illinois at Chicago ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60607
United States

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