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TCRP A-41: Final Research Report 41 Workshop and Additional Interim Outreach Research for the project included a workshop with two objectives: to pilot the Guidebook organization and content and to obtain feedback from transit industry professionals. The workshop was held on Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as one of the pre-conference workshops offered by the TRB 11th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management. The 33 attendees represented: 14âtransit organizations; 6ââprivate sector companies, or were themselves consultants 5ââstate DOTs; 3ââfederal agencies (FTA and FHWA); 3ââeducational organizations (institutes or universities); and 2ââno affiliation disclosed. After three hours of mixed presentation by the team and animated discussion by participants, it was clear that many people would have stayed longer had the room not been required for another event. Some participants asked where and when other similar opportunities to get information and exchange experience and questions with industry colleagues might be available. The chief lesson for the team was how much desire exists for training and discussion on the topic of transportation resilience. Although the focus of the workshop was transit, other participantsââespecially DOTsââcontributed information, lessons learned, and anecdotes from related experience. The workshop focused on five objectives and a closing questionnaire tested response. ï· Consider different definitions of transit system resilience and the domains of resilience adoption. Most participants rated themselves as having medium knowledge of transit system planning at the beginning of the workshop, and at the end rated their knowledge (as stated in the objective ) as between 4 and 5 on a scale where five is strongest. Increased understanding was the highest rated result from the workshop. ï· Explore which pathway to resilience might be right for your transit agency. Participants agreed this objective was met (4+ of 5). ï· Learn four basic steps to chart a course to resilience. Participants rated this 4+ of 5. ï· Understand regional and multi-sector context of interdependencies to promote regional resilience. This objective generated spirited discussion and mixed results, largely 4s. ï· Learn about tools and resources to help your agency achieve its resilience goals. Information presented on this was general (specifics not yet developed), but response was interested and participants rated the potential usefulness of the Guidebook to their agencies as 4-5. Participants also indicated the workshop showed ways to explore resilience planning in participantsâ organizations, gave them ideas about which approaches might work for them, and shaped their thinking about resilience planning. The majority of respondents said resilience had not been a priority in comprehensive planning in their organizations. The presentation slides for the Workshop summarized the proposed content and organization of the Guidebook. The positive reception at the workshop confirmed the team plan. The presentation slides are included on the Webpage.
TCRP A-41: Final Research Report 42 In addition to the workshop, the framework and basic content for the Guidebook were presented at two APTA Committee Conferences, as part of regular sessions. This included the APTA Sustainability Conference in Austin, Texas (July 24 to 27, 2016) and the APTA Multimodal Conference in Calgary, Alberta, (July 31 to August 3.) Attendees expressed great interest in seeing the completed Guidebook.