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Resilience and Disaster Recovery (RDR) Tool Suite

Public Version of the Resilience and Disaster Recovery Tool Suite

Resilience and Disaster Recovery (RDR) Tool Suite


The RDR Tool Suite enables transportation agencies to assess transportation resilience return on investment (ROI) for specific transportation assets over a range of potential future conditions and hazard scenarios, which can then be used as a consideration in existing project prioritization processes. The tool suite utilizes established Robust Decision-Making concepts developed to build on current TDM analyses and address deeply uncertain future scenarios. The RDR Tool Suite was developed at the US Dept. of Transportation’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in support of FHWA and the Office of the Secretary of Transportation. Click here to download the technical documentation, user guide, quick start tutorial, and scenario checklist, as well as a brief overview document.

Installation and Usage:

The RDR Tool Suite is a Python based tool.

The RDR Exposure Analysis Tool and some helper tools also depend on ESRI ArcGIS Pro.

Detailed installation and usage instructions are explained in the RDR Quick Start Guide documentation. A video tutorial on how to install RDR is also available.

Using this code

The RDR Tool Suite runs in a custom Python environment built on conda and Python 3.11. The Python dependencies are detailed in environment.yml. There are R components as well, which will install automatically to the R package library within the user’s RDR conda environment when first running the Tool Suite. To set up the RDR conda environment, follow these steps based on this reference.

Open Anaconda Prompt. From the Anaconda Prompt terminal, navigate to the location where you cloned the RDR repository and run the following:

conda env create -f environment.yml
conda info --envs

You should see RDRenv show up as an available environment.

Next steps

At this point, you can verify that RDR is fully functional by running the pre-built quick start scenario. For detailed instructions, consult the RDR Quick Start Guide. You can also follow along with the video tutorial for running the Quick Start scenario. Alternatively, consult the RDR User Guide and RDR Run Checklist for guidance on developing your own scenarios.


Add bugs and feature requests to the Issues tab in the RDR-Public GitHub repository for the Volpe Development Team to triage.

Video Series:

RDR Overview

Installing RDR

Running Quick Start 1


Project Sponsors:

The development of the RDR Tool Suite that contributed to the original public version was funded by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration under Interagency Agreement (IAA) 693JJ319N300014 under the supervision of Michael Culp of the FHWA Office of Natural Environment and by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation under IAA 693JK421NT800008 under the supervision of Shawn Johnson of the Office of Research, Development and Technology (OST-R). Current development is sponsored through IAAs with OST-R under supervision of OST-R’s Hamid Ghasemi and Shawn Johnson. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the FHWA or OST-R.


The RDR team thanks our beta testers and collaborators at the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, the Houston-Galveston Area Council, and the Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization, as well as Virginia DOT and Florida DOT, for their input during development.


This project is licensed under the terms of the RDR End User License Agreement. Please read it carefully.