Implementation Plan from Final Report
The Resilience Guidebook and Self-Assessment Tool is designed to provide transportation officials with a capability to identify and implement actions and strategies to enhance their agency’s resilience-related capabilities. As such, it provides an approach to overcome some of the implementation challenges noted earlier. However, efforts still need to be made to discuss the availability of the tool, provide an exposure to how it can be used, and overview the types of strategies that could be considered by transportation officials. Such efforts could be undertaken by numerous organizations, including AASHTO, TRB, FHWA, the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO), and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC).
The initial challenge is getting top leadership interested and committed, especially with all the other demands on their time. Therefore, a key to successful implementation is cultivating the active engagement of a core group of state DOT CEOs and career agency leaders who become advocates for resilience actions and can convey the benefits of such an approach to their counterparts.
Second, many state DOTs tend to look toward to the leading edge of practice before deciding whether to move in the same direction and at the same pace. There is a natural tendency of wanting others to “take the first step,” particularly in areas that are still relatively new to an organization. By highlighting leading states via future peer exchanges, newsletter articles and even national recognition awards (from AASHTO and FHWA), one can establish which states are leading examples of a culture of resilience, with systems-oriented, integrated readiness to respond to threats. Doing this requires the commitment of agencies and organizations that support peer exchanges and for presence at the national level (AASHTO, FHWA, and TRB).
Third, as with most topics in transportation, the concepts associated with resilience will be changing quite often, as new agencies contribute to the dialogue, and quite frankly, as new disasters focus attention on the importance of having a resilient transportation system. There should thus be a system in place for providing updates on the latest information on resilience strategies (something NTIMC does an excellent job at for incident management). Other examples include AASHTO’s Resilient and Sustainable Transportation Systems (RSTS) technical services programs and its Center for Environmental Excellence.
This component of an implementation strategy could include:
· Peer exchanges among transportation agencies interested in finding out about best practices
· Pilot studies on use of the Resilience Guidebook and Self-Assessment Tool
· Presentation at conferences and annual meetings.
· Information dissemination on the Resilience Guidebook and Self-Assessment Tool aimed at target audiences.