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Transportation and Air Operations

Applying Experience and Technology to Improve Transportation Planning, Safety, and Security

The transportation sector is challenged with increasing and improving transportation safety and security in the face of limited funding, aging infrastructure, and new, emerging threats to infrastructure and lives. Applying multi-modal transportation expertise, real-world experience, and state-of-the-art technologies (including GIS, evacuation models, and travel demand models), IEM provides cost-effective and science-based solutions that address critical issues associated with transportation planning, safety, and security. Our expertise encompasses all modes of transportation, including motor vehicle/bus/ferry/rail/airline (passenger) and motor carrier/rail/air/barge (freight/cargo).

Since 1985, IEM has worked for or partnered and collaborated with the US Department of Transportation and many of its modal administrations, including the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration, the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, numerous state and local transportation departments, Class 1 rail carriers, and some of the largest mass transit agencies and ports in the US.

Our teams of transportation experts are active in key organizations that are collectively working to strengthen transportation standards and policies, and address critical issues facing the industry today. Our staff have served on American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Working Groups and have hosted and played key roles in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Safety and Security Chief’s Roundtable Conferences. Our Senior Transit Advisor founded and established TSA’s Peer Advisory Group (PAG). We are members of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), providing leadership for the Committee on Hazardous Materials Transportation and the Subcommittee on Crude Oil Transportation, and participating in the Committee on Emergency Evacuations. We have been instrumental in the development of doctrine and guidance publications used for coordinated federal aviation response to disasters, including airport terminal incident response planning, airport-to-airport mutual aid programs, and integrating community emergency response teams at airports.

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