In 2014, Amtrak established a multidisciplinary Climate Change Sub-Committee to explore potential climate change risks and respond with recommendations. Since 2015, we conducted three assessments, and the results indicated the likeliest of Amtrak’s climate vulnerabilities are related to storm surges, precipitation and sea level rise, although extreme temperatures and mudslides also impact service. Going forward, we plan to:
- Identify and evaluate adaptation measures to protect our infrastructure and operation;
- Review and adapt engineering design standards to incorporate resiliency and long-term sustainability in the face of changing weather patterns; and
- Incorporate weather-related vulnerability information into the enterprise asset management system for maintenance and State of Good Repair.