Traffic Incident Management
Various traffic incident management scenes - heavy traffic after accident, traffic planning, police car blocking road, overturned car on bridge, detour, rescue workers.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Due to the complexity of Emergency Transportation Operations and its many program areas, partners and stakeholders often raise questions or need clarification. The following questions are frequently asked. This section will be continually updated based on changes to the ETO program areas and questions raised to the ETO team.

  • The need for ensuring the operation and integrity of America's surface transportation system is evident following the events of September 11, 2001.
  • Good transportation system operation is the key to ensuring safe, continuous movement of people and goods during a national security event.
  • The full capability of the transportation system must be harnessed and optimized, including use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), to effectively move people and goods during a national security event.

Traffic Incident Management

  1. What is Traffic Incident Management?
  2. Who is involved in Traffic Incident Management?
  3. What is FHWA doing to promote and enhance coordination for Traffic Incident Management?
  4. What are the differences between Traffic Incident Management, Incident Command and Emergency Management?
  5. How can effective Traffic Incident Management strategies and procedures help in a major emergency?

Traffic Management for Planned Special Events

  1. What is a Planned Special Event?
  2. What are the operational characteristics of a planned special event?
  3. What is Managing Travel for Planned Special Events?
  4. What are the goals of managing travel for planned special events?
  5. What are the Issues and Challenges for planned special events?
  6. What are the benefits of transportation planning for Planned Special Events?
  7. What are the key regional planning and coordination initiatives and activities?
  8. What are the phases of Event-Specific Travel Management?

Emergency Transportation Operations

  1. What is FHWA Operations doing to respond to the security challenge?
  2. What is the goal of emergency transportation operations preparedness?
  3. How does emergency operational preparedness accomplish this goal?