Multi-Modal Transportation Safety and Security

Applying State-of-the-Art Technologies to Improve Transportation Planning and Safety

The transportation industry is challenged with improving aging infrastructure and increasing transportation safety and transportation security in the face of extremely limited funding. Applying multi-modal transportation expertise and state-of-the-art technologies, IEM provides cost-effective solutions that address the critical issues of transportation planning (including transportation emergency response and recovery planning), transportation safety, transportation security, evacuation, managing travel demand, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), commodity flows, and public involvement and participation in transportation projects. Our expertise includes port security, mass transit security, air operations, hazmat transport, multi-modal transport of evacuees, transportation modeling and simulation, including rail, freight modeling, emergency response time modeling (fire and medical), and the use of GIS.

Since 1985, IEM has worked for and partnered with the US Department of Transportation and its modal administrations, including the Federal Highway Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, numerous state and local transportation departments, mass transit agencies, Class 1 rail carriers, and some of the largest ports in the US. We leverage quantitative analysis, business process analysis, best practices, and technology to develop science-based, best-value solutions across all modes of transportation.

Our transportation experts are active in key organizations that are working to strengthen transportation infrastructure and standards and address critical issues facing the industry today. In addition to numerous state and local transportation associations and task forces, we serve on the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Emergency Management Standards Working Group and participated in the invitation-only 2007 federal Transit Safety and Security Roundtable, attended by safety and security chiefs/directors from the nation’s 50 largest transit agencies. We are members of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection Committee and Subcommittee on Emergency Evacuation. We are part of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Special Committee on Transportation Security (SCOTS) and participate on their Hazardous Materials Transportation and the Urban Freight Committees. We are also a member of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).

For the last two years, IEM has provided the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with aviation expertise.  We have been instrumental in the development of doctrine and guidance publications which are used for the coordinated federal aviation response to disasters.  Additionally, IEM provided airfield assessments, airport emergency operations planning, and operational services for aircraft and airports affected by disasters and emergencies.


AirIEM’s aviation experts support all air transportation, air logistics, and airdrop needs, including air operations planning; airfield site assessment and feasibility analyses; airport emergency operations planning; command and control (C2); drop zone safety/control set-up and operations; intra-theater airlift requests system (ITARS); inter-theater airlift system; global decision support system (GDSS II); joint operations planning and execution system (JOPES); landing zone set-up and operations; and single mobility system (SMS). Our aviation experts also have extensive experience conducting military and commercial airport operations to include providing air traffic control.

Highways – IEM offers highway transportation planning that includes statewide and regional transportation plans, travel demand modeling, travel forecasting, model development and enhancement, corridor studies, hazmat routing, transportation project prioritization, feasibility studies, environmental planning (NEPA), incident management, and congestion pricing.

Mass Transit – IEM experts in mass transit specialize in emergency planning, regional emergency transportation planning, transit evacuation planning, and transit security. This includes training and exercises, threat and vulnerability assessments, and comprehensive support for Mass Transit Emergency Management program development and Mass Transit Security Grant program management. Our expertise also includes regional transit planning, fleet assignment and routing, and the use of ITS in mass transit, including automatic vehicle location (AVL) and advanced traveler information systems (ATIS). All of our services for mass transit apply to bus, rail and ferry transit systems.

Passenger and Freight Rail – Our rail services include regional commodity flow studies, emergency response time modeling, safety studies focused on at-grade crossings, feasibility studies, rail safety, and rail security.

Ports – IEM’s comprehensive port security services include Risk Management/Mitigation (RM/M) and Trade Resumption/Resiliency (TR/R) planning; security threat and vulnerability assessments; facility security planning and Facility Security Officer training; Port HazMat profiles; security audits; business continuity and continuity of operations planning; gap analyses; grant writing and application assistance; HSEEP-compliant exercises; emergency response and recovery training; and marine safety operations center support.


IEM Testimony to U.S. House of Representatives (2014)

“The most pressing issues facing the Nation’s rail and highways … include the transportation of higher volumes of crude oil via rail, the flammability of Bakken crude, the need for investments in safer rail cars, and the growing risks posed to densely populated and rural areas by crude oil and other hazardous materials. “
—From “Hearing on Oversight of Passenger and Freight Rail Safety, U.S House of Representatives, February 26, 2014
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Demonstrated Successes

Hazardous Materials Study Series
For the North Carolina Emergency Management Division’s Information and Planning Section, IEM conducted a hazardous material study series for the state’s nine Domestic Preparedness Regions. The study provides an assessment of the hazardous material risks near critical facilities such as schools, public buildings, congested transportation routes, and areas with large population densities.

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