Making our Air, Bus and Rail Systems more Resilient: Key Lessons from Chicago, New York, and Other Major Cities
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | 12:00 PM CST
Joseph P. Schwieterman, Ph.D.
Director, Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at Professor of Public Service at DePaul University
Join us for a timely and fast-moving webinar, filled with striking visuals from around the U.S. and rest of the world, about the push to make our air, bus and rail systems more resilient, i.e., better equipped to run normally in the face of one or more major obstacles. We’ll consider how obstacles ranging from extreme weather, major accidents, and infrastructure failure to pandemic risk had added urgency to the quest for enhanced resiliency. Our presenter, Professor Joe Schwieteman, will recount notable failures and successes, several involving Chicago, to illustrate the factors that have made resiliency such a hot topic. Among the key themes he’ll explore is the continuing unpreparedness of major air, bus and rail operators to tropical storms and flooding, as made clear by the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy on New York and floodwaters in Chicago’s suburbs. He’ll also describe mounting concerns about cyberterrorism, which is a particular threat facing airports and rapid transit systems that will require new technology and taking lesson from Europe to resolve. Another key theme is the risk of severe disruptions created by heavy reliance on automation, which has recently resulted in major airports and train stations being shut down for extended periods due to glitches and outages. Solving these problems, he shows, necessitate new forms of preparedness that recognizes that no amount of planning can anticipate all the problems that may occur, as the current pandemic has made clear.