Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management

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Critical Infrastructure: Transportation Systems

  • Richard R. YoungEmail author
  • Gary A. Gordon
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69891-5_85-2


Transportation infrastructure is the collection of rights-of-way, terminals, maintenance support facilities, and communications and control fixed assets necessary for the movement of goods and people from one location to another. Its protection is found in the means of preventing its damage or destruction but also in those activities that mitigate any potential damage in order that the infrastructure be returned to service in the most efficient and effective manner.


Protecting transportation infrastructure in the United States requires an understanding of its ownership, the characteristics of each mode, the relevant governing political jurisdictions, and various protective approaches including public policy initiatives. Moreover, there is the realization that the topic of infrastructure is bifurcated into physical and informational categories, again each with particular modal variations and operating characteristics.

Infrastructure ownership can be divided...


Security Resilience Natural disasters Manmade disasters Transportation infrastructure Transportation modes 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Business Administration, Capital CollegeThe Pennsylvania State UniversityMiddletownUSA
  2. 2.Massachusetts Maritime AcademyBuzzards BayUSA