Take Action! Integrating Climate Change into Transportation Design and Planning

Symposium A6


This session will highlight recent and ongoing efforts that transportation agencies are taking to integrate climate science into decision-making and everyday practices. The examples demonstrate that agencies need: (1) accessible climate information on the impacts that they need to prepare for; and (2) clear internal guidance on how to integrate that information into both strategic and tactical decision making.
• The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has implemented Design Guidelines on Climate Resilience.
• Maryland Department of Transportation/State Highway Administration has developed a CoastSmart program with guidance for building in the coastal zones and integrated sea level rise considerations in their NEPA process.
• The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (the T) in Boston, is institutionalizing resiliency through system-wide policy and embedding climate change awareness and consideration in all capital projects moving forward.
• Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has developed a Strategic Implementation Plan for
Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resilience for Transportation.
• ICF is currently preparing a handbook for an Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) project on how to integrate climate risk into existing management systems.
This session will provide examples of how these groups are making climate information accessible and integrating future risk information into their transportation decision-making practices. They’ll share best practices and lessons learned to help enable other practitioners to take their own next steps to make climate considerations part of everyday practice.

Cassie Bhat, Manager, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, ICF
Marybeth Riley-Gilbert, Climate Change Resiliency Specialist, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Elizabeth Habic, Climate Risk and Resiliency Program Manager, Maryland Department of Transportation/State Highway Administration (SHA)
Sarah Hammitt, Climate Resilience Specialist, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ)
Jim Pappas, PE, Deputy Director of Transportation Solutions, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)

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