Lessons Learned for Puerto Rico’s Transportation Infrastructure after Hurricane María

Hurricane María should serve as a golden opportunity to rethink and redesign Puerto Rico’s transportation infrastructure to be resilient. María was an extreme Category 4 storm that caused severe damages to the transportation systems and hindered for weeks the mobility of the 3.3 million residents of the commonwealth. The unprecedented 2,975 fatalities associated to the storm were mainly the result of the power blackout and the lack of access to essential medical and health services. This article discusses the importance of having a resilient and redundant system for prompt response and recovery. A resilient transportation system is vital for the livability and development of any country, but more so for Puerto Rico, and any Caribbean island, that is entirely dependent on the internal mobility of cargo and people through surface routes. Much of the vulnerability and damage resulting from the hurricane was associated to the exposures of the infrastructure in the coastal and mountainous zones

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    • Ríos, Benjamín Colucci
    • Medina, Alberto M Figueroa
    • Santiago, Alexander Molano
  • Publication Date: 2018-10

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01709547
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 27 2019 7:33AM