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Transportation at a Crossroads

Technology-enabled mobility options are also changing the face of urban transportation. Depending on how these innovations are leveraged, they can either help or hurt existing public transportation services. In response, many transit agencies across the United States are working diligently to identify ways to partner with private-sector players in order to provide enhanced last-mile connections, paratransit services and other services. However, integrating technology into legacy systems has proved to be more difficult than first imagined. Most of these agencies are uncovering a myriad of legal, technical and regulatory barriers to creating effective and mutually beneficial partnerships. Many of these barriers are shared across agencies.

Automotive and tech industries have made tremendous progress in developing and implementing automated and semi-automated driving features for cars and trucks. However, the technology is actively disrupting the traditional roles and responsibilities of government institutions at all levels. In order to adequately respond to this rapidly evolving technology, public officials need to establish regulatory structures that emphasize safety on public roadways without stymieing innovation. But these need to be multidisciplinary approaches that include a variety of sectors: including planning, housing, economic development and especially public transit.

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