Homeland Security for Rural Transportation Networks

This project addresses vulnerability assessment of rural transportation networks. There are clear differences between rural and urban transportation networks including higher costs due to widely dispersed population and industry in rural networks. Exploration of rural transportation security issues is important because these networks are essential for enabling commercial shipping and linking rural residents with distant services. This research investigates whether or not the methodologies of urban assessment studies can be applied to rural transportation networks and selects preferred procedures for conducting rural transportation vulnerability assessments. After a comparative methodology analysis, the United States Department of Transportation’s "Guide to Highway Vulnerability Assessment for Critical Asset Identification and Protection" is selected to be the most robust vulnerability assessment tool for rural transportation networks. A modification of this vulnerability assessment tool is developed as an alternative means of rural transportation vulnerability assessment. Two examples based on Jackson County, Arkansas are conducted to show the applicability of each methodology on a rural transportation network.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Mack-Blackwell Transportation Center

    University of Arkansas, 4190 Bell Engineering Center
    Fayetteville, AR  United States  72701

    Research and Special Programs Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Nachtmann, Heather
    • Pohl, Edward A
    • Cassady, C Richard
    • Kaya, Oksan
    • Borin, Seth
  • Publication Date: 2007-5-25


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 119p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01053575
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MBTC - 2085
  • Files: UTC, NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 8 2007 5:36PM