How can the transportation industry deal with and manage the COVID-19 outbreak? TRB hosted a webinar on Monday, March 23 from 2 to 3:30 PM Eastern that identified a holistic approach transportation and health agencies may take to contain and manage the outbreak. Addressing decision-making challenges in disease response in the transportation context is a multi-dimensional task, involving not only transportation and transit organizations, but health organizations, emergency management agencies, and communications outlets as well. Presenters discussed their experience with other outbreaks such as H1N1 (2009 – a.k.a. “swine flu”) and Avian Influenza. They identified challenges COVID-19 has presented in their transportation systems and what their agencies are doing to adapt and mitigate risks for those at greatest risk of contracting the illness. Presenters also discussed what can be done today to enhance the resiliency of our transportation systems at risk of future similar disease outbreaks.
Vicki Hertzberg, Director, Center for Nursing Data Science, Emory University - Expert in social contact networks, infectious diseases on networks, microbiome of the airplane cabin, and microbiome of the built environment
Herby Lissade, Deputy Division Chief Principal Transportation Engineer, California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) and Chair of NCHRP panels on Catastrophic Transportation Emergency Management, a Guide to Emergency Response Planning at State Transportation Agencies, and Emergency Management at State Transportation Agencies
Kim Fletcher, President, Loch Haven Partners - Expert in emergency management, trainer for emergency managers and field operations leaders, and lead author of NCHRP Report 769: A Guide for Public Transportation Pandemic Planning and Response
Moderated by: Neil Pedersen, Executive Director, Transportation Research Board (TRB)
1. What we know about how transportation agencies have responded to past communicable outbreaks
2. How should this outbreak be handled by transportation agencies and coordinated between various levels of government and the private sector?
3. Next steps for transportation and public health agencies
4. Question and answer session
For more information: nationalacademies.org/trb/transportation-research-board