What does transportation in the U.S. city of the future look like?

With crushing traffic frustrating residents of big cities and smaller towns alike, most people are seeking transportation options. Some of us don’t even know we might have options. But making places less dangerous will have myriad effects on making our lives better.

Citizens, businesses, and governments are realizing the need to change their transportation habits, and technology has been a chief enabler of this trend – from on-demand options to the sharing economy to autonomous vehicles and beyond.

As agencies embrace the shift and focus on connecting old transportation systems to the many new ones, our array of transportation options should become more efficient and easier for many more people to adopt. More information.

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Virtual currencies like Bitcoin could make transit faster and more secure


September 14, 2017    Damien Troy

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3 reasons autonomous vehicles need your city’s data (and how to offer it)

3 reasons autonomous vehicles need your city’s data (and how to offer it)


September 6, 2017    Carey Anne Nadeau

How will driverless cars safely navigate the roads of all American cities, avoiding crashes and injuries, where sensors have never been and for which telematics data are not robust? Answering this fundamental question is essential for widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles and also very valuable for that industry – including car manufacturers, carsharing companies, and shipping and delivery companies –… Read more »

Speedy adoption of autonomous vehicles could be disastrous

Speedy adoption of autonomous vehicles could be disastrous


September 1, 2017    Ethan Goffman

The smart-growth and transit revolution of the last decade or two has had only partial success. Despite some revitalized cities and some new transit, sprawl remains dominant in America. On the heels of this incomplete revolution comes a new one: automated vehicles (AVs) that are certain to alter land use and transit. As the predominance… Read more »

Demand questions are the elephant in the room with autonomous vehicles

Demand questions are the elephant in the room with autonomous vehicles


August 29, 2017    Paul Mackie

Say you live 1.3 miles from a subway station or a bus route that would offer you direct access to your job. Then picture an autonomous vehicle looping through your neighborhood every 20 minutes or so to take you and your neighbors straight to that access point. All of a sudden, you would be pretty… Read more »

Pros and cons of autonomous vehicles will be a roller coaster ride

Pros and cons of autonomous vehicles will be a roller coaster ride


August 28, 2017    Ethan Goffman

Autonomous vehicles appear to be wonderful in many ways. They will help seniors and young people get places. They’ll reduce traffic accidents and making driving safer. They will eliminate vast swaths of parking. Then again, they may worsen the most harmful aspects of sprawl. They could create lost tax revenue. They may cripple public transit…. Read more »

Determining if your city is ready for the dockless-bikeshare revolution

Determining if your city is ready for the dockless-bikeshare revolution


August 25, 2017    Lisa Nisenson

This article is excerpted and adapted from one originally published by Alta Planning + Design. As the name suggests, dockless bikeshare does not require a docking station  —  an expense that sometimes limits the number of bikes a city can afford. With dockless systems, bicycles can be parked within a defined district at a bike… Read more »

Roadkill: the secret ingredient in improving autonomous-vehicle technology?

Roadkill: the secret ingredient in improving autonomous-vehicle technology?


August 23, 2017    Kelley Coyner

Making people safer from the dangers of roadkill might just be one of the least discussed elements in the advent of connected and autonomous vehicles. Although no one officially collects data on the number of animal-vehicle collisions, it’s clear that it is a big problem. Virginia alone spends $4 million each year to remove the… Read more »

Redesign and rethink the U.S.’s existing transportation: Tumlin

Redesign and rethink the U.S.’s existing transportation: Tumlin


August 17, 2017    Paul Mackie

Jeffrey Tumlin is a leading thinker – a mover-and-shaker – on incorporating “transportation demand management” principles into the many ways planners are rethinking the ways we’ve built our cities. I didn’t attend the Association for Commuter Transportation’s recent annual conference in New Orleans, but several of our readers told me how his keynote speech was… Read more »