Resiliency Study

About the Project

Resilience is the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from disruptions.


Due to the growing number, and associated impact, of natural disasters, increased attention and funding is being directed at improving resiliency in the transportation sector. To develop transportation-sector specific resiliency best practices and strategies across the country, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) launched a Resilience Pilots program. In 2018, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) was selected to participate as one of eleven pilots under the program’s third—and current—round to funding to develop Resilience and Durability to Extreme Weather Pilot Program projects.

From Winter 2018 through Spring 2020, H-GAC will be working with federal, state, and local partners to conduct a vulnerability assessment of transportation assets in the 8-County Houston-Galveston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) region. The vulnerability assessment will follow the FHWA’s Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool (VAST) methodology and will including consideration of exposure, sensitivity, adaptive capacity, economic impact, and risk. Resiliency recommendations will be developed based on vulnerability assessment results.

Vulnerability assessment results will also be used to prioritize funding for transportation projects and will inform future versions of the long-range transportation plan.

If you would like to get involved or learn more about this project, contact: Kristina Ronneberg,

Project Documents

Project Work Plan

  • The Project Work Plan provides a high-level summary of the project’s five phases and associated tasks. Timing and task specifics may change based on stakeholder feedback.


  • September 2018, H-GAC presentation to AMPO Conference, “Planning for a Resilient Houston-Galveston Region”. In September 2018, at the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) conference, H-GAC staff served on the “Let’s Talk Resilience” panel alongside resilience-focused staff from other MPOs and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). H-GAC spoke to the region’s long history of resilience related work and their upcoming resilience plans focused on the transportation system and assets.
  • December 2018, H-GAC presentation to the FHWA Peer Exchange, “Resilience and Durability Pilot”. In December 2018, at the FHWA Resilience and Durability Peer Exchange, H-GAC presented the status of its pilot to the Nation’s other ten participating pilots.

Related Work & Reports

Building a more resilient transportation sector requires a systems approach-- considering flood-plains, storm water management, watershed hydraulics, hazard mitigation, and more—in addition to assessing the transportation assets themselves. As such, H-GAC’s transportation resilience work will be coordinated with and will build off of the Agency’s other resiliency-related work, such as:

More Information

If you would like to get involved or learn more about this project, contact: Kristina Ronneberg,