Multi-Modal Transportation Safety and Security

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.


Air – IEM’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.

HazMatSince 2009, IEM has conducted numerous statewide and regional hazardous materials studies that Identify priority hazardous materials by motor carrier, rail, pipeline and barge. IEM’s “industry approach” involves detailed analysis of chemical volumes, routes and frequencies to provide SERCs and LEPCs with a more complete picture of “what is traveling through their back yard.” This results in improved planning, training, and preparedness for hazmat response teams and strong, trusting relationships between industry, regulatory agencies and local officials.

Mass Transit – IEM’s mass transit experts specialize in multi-modal emergency planning and preparedness, regional emergency transportation planning and preparedness, transit evacuation planning, and transit security, including policing, security resource deployment, strategies and planning,  transit-focused training development and delivery, exercises, and threat and vulnerability assessments. We provide comprehensive support for Mass Transit Emergency Management program development and Mass Transit Security Grant program management, including development of grant investment justifications.

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,  rail security, and interoperability with regional rail services.

Ports – IEM’s comprehensive port security services include Risk Management/Mitigation (RM/M) and Trade Resumption/Resiliency (TR/R) planning and security threat and vulnerability assessments. We also conduct facility security planning and Facility Security Officer training; Maritime HazMat analyses and 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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