Freight Transportation Resilience in Response to Supply Chain Disruptions

This report provides guidance for stakeholders to plan for, mitigate, and adapt to disruptions to supply chains with the aim of enhancing freight transportation system resilience. Disruptions are primarily defined as unplanned and unanticipated events that affect the normal flow of goods and operations in supply chains and transportation networks. This definition is, in certain cases, extended to include planned events, such as the planned shutdown of locks for maintenance that affect the normal flow of goods and operations in a supply chain. The research addresses issues related to improving freight transportation resiliency and develops guidance for resilience self-assessment. To accomplish the research objective, the research team (1) assessed research, practices, and innovative approaches in the United States and other countries that complement the research objective; (2) developed strategies to build relationships that result in effective communication, coordination, and cooperation among affected parties; (3) identified factors affecting resiliency; (4) analyzed potential mitigation measures; (5) characterized spatial and temporal scale considerations such as emergency planning and response timeframes; (6) prioritized response activities by cargo types, recipients, and suppliers; and (7) identified potential barriers and gaps such as political boundaries, authorities, ownership, modal competition and connectivity, and social and environmental constraints. The researchers also analyzed 10 commodity corridor scenarios, interviewed supply chain stakeholders, and examined the application of analysis tools and freight models to better understand the dynamics of supply chain responses to system disruptions. The results of this research are presented in Part 1 of this report. A self-assessment tool was developed (presented in Part 2 of this report) that allows users to identify the current capability of their organization and institutional collaboration in preparing for and responding to supply chain disruptions.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 165p
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  • Accession Number: 01704703
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309480680
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project NCFRP-50
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 17 2019 10:15AM