Preparing Transit Systems for Extreme Weather

By Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (other events)

Monday, October 23 2017 9:00 AM 12:00 PM

Extreme weather events and other natural disasters threaten the operations and the capital assets of transit systems across the country. Billions of dollars of transit assets––vehicles, track, equipment––have been destroyed by extreme weather events, halting service, sometimes for long periods of time. In a changing climate, the frequency and severity of these disruptions are expected to increase. Transit agencies can greatly reduce this cost and disruption by incorporating resilience into their systems.

Jon A. Carnegie, AICP/PP, Executive Director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, will open the forum with a presentation of a completed research carried out for the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This research included an extensive literature review and practice scan, as well as 17 detailed case studies showcasing leading practices in resilience activities across a wide spectrum of transit agencies. 

Following Mr. Carnegie’s presentation, panelists from the major transit agencies that serve our region will each talk briefly about their agencies extreme weather resiliency and climate change adaptation activities. Mr. Carnegie will facilitate a discussion among panelists, as well as field comments and questions from forum participants

This will be an interactive workshop, with plenty of time for discussion and questions.

The panelists are:

Rohan Hepkins, Assistant General Manager, Delaware River Port Authority / Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO)

Brad Mason, Director, Capital Resilience & Continuity, New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit)

Dennis Stefanski, PE, Program Manager – Special Projects, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

Beth Termini, Senior Director, Environment & Sustainability, Amtrak

There is no cost for this workshop. For questions, contact Rob Graff at 215-238-2826 /

Approval for 2.5 APA AICP CM credits and 2.5 AIA (HSW) CES LUs is pending.
Attendance certificates for PE CE credit will be provided upon request.