Sound Transit Climate Risk Reduction Project


Whitely Binder, L., I. Tohver, A. Shatzkin, and A.K. Snover. 2013. Sound Transit Climate Risk Reduction Project. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Report No. 0075, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC. Available at:


The Sound Transit Climate Risk Reduction Project assessed how climate change may affect Sound Transit commuter rail, light rail and express bus services. The project identified potential climate change impacts on agency operations, assets, and long-term planning; options for strengthening the agency’s resilience to these impacts; and opportunities for integrating climate change considerations into agency decision making processes. As one of seven national FTA-funded pilots, the project also aimed to create a process and a model for assessing and planning for climate change impacts that is transferable to transit agencies across the United States, and to provide a state-to-local testing ground for WSDOT’s pilot use of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) climate change vulnerability assessment methodology.