Transportation Goal 4: Increase the resilience of the transportation system to shocks and stresses of climate changes

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COBENEFITS

environmental quality
cost savings
resilience

LINKAGES

Infrastructure

  • Potential to reduce GHG

    Indirect

  • Status/Time frame

    Underway

  • Scale

    Local government, state

  • Lead

    Local/State

Partners

American Public Works Association, KDOT/MODOT, watershed managers

Equity considerations/opportunities

Priority should be given to retrofitting existing and adding new infrastructure that is designed to mitigate the effects of climate
change in vulnerable communities. Benefits include workforce development and jobs access.

Examples

  • Blue River Watershed Resiliece Study, Kansas State University

Action

  • Gather data and map where transportation infrastructure is particularly at-risk to flooding and potentially other hazards.
  • Support inclusion of green infrastructure when designing or retrofitting roadways, prioritizing areas where vulnerable populations are concentrated—green infrastructure may include restoration of impacted streams and stream corridors.
  • Provide educational opportunities for local governments on how to redesign and upgrade transportation infrastructure for climate resiliency.
  • Mitigation
  • Adaptation

Intelligent Transportation System technology

  • Potential to reduce GHG

    High

  • Status/Time frame

    Underway

  • Scale

    Regional

  • Lead

    MARC

Partners

Local governments, DOTs

Equity considerations/opportunities

Technology can be used to inform and alert communities about hazards and incidents that will affect travel and safety. Consideration should be given to how alerts and other communications can most effectively reach different segments of the community, especially individuals who may be hard to reach through traditional communications methods.

Examples

  • KC Scout
  • Operation Greenlight

Action

  • Explore use of intelligent transportation systems to adjust traffic signals and provide information about disruptions due to weather and other special events.
  • Expand technology to monitor integrity of transportation infrastructure and technologies.
  • Update traffic signal systems long-term to most efficiently move traffic based on changes to traffic patterns and demand.
  • Mitigation
  • Adaptation

Transportation and watershed system planning

  • Potential to reduce GHG

    Indirect

  • Status/Time frame

    1-3 years

  • Scale

    Local government, regional

  • Lead

    Local/MARC

Partners

Local governments, DOTs

Equity considerations/opportunities

Focus resources on efforts that affect transportation infrastructure and water systems in underserved communities. Underserved communities are more likely to be impacted by extreme weather impacts of climate change, such as flooding. Resilience measures will likely produce a range of community development and public health cobenefits.

Examples

  • MARC Eco-Logical: Linking Transportation and Conservation Planning
  • MARC Green Infrastructure Framework

Action

  • Facilitate design of transportation facilities to absorb or detain stormwater and decrease runoff.
  • Support policies and best management practices to link transportation, stormwater and green infrastructure systems.
  • Mitigation
  • Adaptation