Interview and Survey Results: Assessment of the State of the Practice and State of the Art in Evacuation Transportation Management

Much of what is known about evacuations is based on preparations for incidents, such as hurricanes, for which there is advance warning. With advance warning, evacuations can be planned and managed using procedures and systems that have been developed as a result of extensive and methodical pre-planning. This approach, however, does not adequately support management of incidents when there is no advance warning or when conditions are changing rapidly. Evacuations in response to these types of incidents tend to be monitored, but not well managed. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recognized the importance of and need for new tools and processes to help agencies plan for and manage evacuations where there is little or no advanced warning. Consequently, the FHWA initiated a project to assess the state of the practice and state of the art in evacuation transportation management. The purpose of this report is to document emergency evacuation plans and practices employed by transportation management organizations in several large metropolitan areas in the United States. This document discusses specific practices with regard to management through the use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and related traffic management tools such as CCTV cameras, Dynamic Message Signs (DMS), Highway Advisory Radio (HAR), 511 systems, websites, interconnected traffic signal systems, High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, and traffic signal priority for transit. Interview results for 14 public and private transportation agencies from five large metropolitan areas are documented in this report.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Evacuation Transportation Management Task 4: Interview and Survey Results.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Kimley-Horn and Associates, Incorporated

    7878 North 16th Street, Suite 300
    Phoenix, AZ  United States  85020

    Booz Allen Hamilton

    8283 Greensboro Drive
    McLean, VA  United States  22102

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Pretorius, Pierre
    • Anderson, Susan
    • Akwabi, Kwasi
    • Crowther, Brent
    • Ye, Queenie
    • Houston, Nancy
    • Easton, Andrea Vann
  • Publication Date: 2006-6


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: 80p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01143746
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-HOP-08-016
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 4 2009 12:25PM