Lessons From Katrina and Rita - What Major Disasters Can Teach Transportation Planners

The author notes that hurricanes Katrina and Rita can teach valuable lessons to those involved in transportation planning. He discusses how the planners failed the people in both hurricanes. For hurricane Katrina, though sufficient resources existed documenting the fact that a large proportion of evacuees would have to rely on public transit to get out of the path of the hurricane, these transit options were not made available to the people in New Orleans who needed them. In the case of hurricane Rita, the authorities failed to communicate to drivers that it could realistically take them 20 hours to flee Houston. Again, for hurricane Rita, the availability of public transit services could have eased traffic congestion and made the evacuation process less horrific. The paper addresses a number of planning and policy strategies for emergency response planners to help create a more resilient, equitable and efficient transportation system.

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    Victoria Transport Policy Institute

    1250 Rudlin Street
    Victoria, British Columbia  Canada  V8V 3R7
  • Authors:
    • Litman, Todd
  • Publication Date: 2005-9-30


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 19p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01005997
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 7 2005 2:23PM