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This tab includes guides to help practitioners conduct an adaptation plan in the transportation sector.

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The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice (Focus Area 7: Integrate Transportation and Land Use Decision-Making – Climate Change Resilience and Long-Range Planning Section)

January 2015

“The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice,” developed by the State Smart Transportation Initiative and Smart Growth America, contains a resiliency section that provides guidance for state departments of transportation (DOTs) on how to incorporate climate change adaptation into long-range transportation planning. It provides state DOTs with a comprehensive list of reforms that will address potential climate-related vulnerabilities and reduce the likelihood, magnitude, duration and cost of disruption associated with extreme weather.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Caltrans - Addressing Climate Change Adaptation in Regional Transportation Plans: A Guide for California MPOs and RTPAs

February 2013

This guide is intended to be a resource to support metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and regional transportation planning agencies (RTPAs) in incorporating climate change impacts into their decision-making and planning processes. The guide helps MPOs and RTPAs with assessing risks to transportation assets from different climate stressors, inventorying assets, assessing the vulnerability of assets, and incorporating climate change into long-range planning and investment decisions. To facilitate these processes, the guide includes: background information on climate adaptation, recommended data and information to assist in incorporating climate considerations into regional planning, and a step-by-step process for integrating climate risks into plans.

Related Organizations: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

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FHWA INVEST Tool – Infrastructure Resiliency Criteria

October 2012

The Federal Highway Administration’s INVEST Tool (Tool) provides a collection of voluntary best practices (“criteria”) and associated point values to help transportation agencies and practitioners evaluate and improve the sustainability and climate resilience of their projects and programs. The Tool allows transportation agencies to evaluate the sustainability of their agency practices and projects across the entire transportation lifecycle, by self-assigning points based on how well they have met requirements set out for each particular criterion.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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FDOT Resilience Quick Guide: Incorporating Resilience in the MPO Long Range Transportation Plan

January 2020

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) produced this Resilience Quick Guide (guide) in January 2020 to provide concise guidance to metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) on best practices for integrating resilience into long-range transportation plans. The guide notes that Florida's regions are challenged by extreme events and changing conditions including inland flooding, sea-level rise, more frequent and severe storm events, worsening drought, fires, and more - all of which can affect transportation facilities and systems and result in other social and economic impacts.

Related Organizations: Florida Department of Transportation

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Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems Threatened by Natural Disasters, Vol. 1: A Guide

December 18, 2017

The Transit Cooperative Research Program of the Transportation Research Board published a volume of three reports, titled “Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems Threatened by Natural Disasters. ” Volume 1 is a Guide, Volume 2 is a Research Overview, and Volume 3 contains Literature Reviews and Case Studies.  As climate exacerbated extreme weather events and natural disasters threaten operations and transportation assets, the Guide focuses on how to create resilient transit systems of all sizes.

Related Organizations: Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies

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FTA Transit Asset Management Guide

November 2016

The Federal Transit Administration's guide provides a framework for transit-specific asset management, and includes a section on climate change adaptation. State departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and transit providers are now required to develop asset management plans to comply with regulations that were finalized by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and FTA in 2016. Although FTA's final rule does not require transit providers to conduct formal climate resiliency analysis in investment prioritization processes, FTA recommends that transit providers have an understanding of and consider risks posed by climate change and extreme weather events.

Related Organizations: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

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Climate Change Adaptation Guide for Transportation Systems Management, Operations, and Maintenance

November 2015

This guide from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides a primer to help transportation agencies understand risks posed by climate change and consider how to adapt their transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) and maintenance programs. The guide is intended to be used by TSMO and maintenance program managers, emergency managers, planners, and supervisors involved in operations at transportation agencies, in order to help increase the resilience of transportation systems.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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FHWA Synthesis of Approaches for Addressing Resilience in Project Development

July 2017

Developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this report summarizes lessons and findings from a range of research projects, pilot projects, and other studies conducted or sponsored by FHWA in the area of climate change resilience for transportation. The report is designed particularly for those working in transportation project development processes, to help identify the key process steps and methods for incorporating climate change into project design and decisionmaking.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Washington State DOT - Guidance for Considering Impacts of Climate Change in WSDOT Plans

July 2017

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) developed this guidance to assist the department's planners with integrating climate change considerations in planning processes in order to build greater resilience of the state's transportation system. The guidance helps implement Strategy 3. 2 of the department's strategic plan, Results WSDOT, which states that "WSDOT’s plans and projects undergoing environmental review, will document how climate change and extreme weather vulnerability are considered, and propose ways to improve resilience.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Transportation

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Adaptation to Natural Hazards and Climate Change in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

August 2015

This report was developed to help Rhode Island local governments assess vulnerabilities to natural hazards, such as sea-level rise and coastal flooding, and prepare implementable coastal adaptation strategies. Strategies derived from this process can be included in local planning documents, and used to prioritize adaptation investments through local transportation and capital improvement programs. The stepwise approach described in the report was piloted in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and is intended to provide a model for other municipalities in the state.

Related Organizations: University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant

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