Current System Challenges
Our transportation system is inefficient. It was designed for cars and trucks that are often only used a small percentage of the day. When they are used it’s often by just one person, yet these vehicles require lots of road space and parking. Cars often aren’t environmentally friendly, are expensive to operate and create traffic, particularly when someone is driving alone. Driving is also dangerous. Nationally, more than 32,000 people were killed on our roadways that year.
Our growing city also means more goods. Deliveries have grown dramatically in the city, yet the way things are delivered hasn’t changed, meaning more delays. Public transit is the backbone of the city, yet it is at capacity during peak periods and most of it is stuck in slow-moving traffic. Building out the bicycle and public transit priority lane networks to provide more reliable, safer, affordable and sustainable travel choices is proceeding, but it’s hard work. Sometimes there is friction. The one-or-the-other push-pull is no longer going to work in a city changing and growing. We need interconnected travel options – and more of them – to get around.
Embracing shared, electric, connected autonomous vehicles will transform our transportation system. Think beyond just cars. Vans, trucks, buses and anything that currently moves around the city can be equipped with this technology. By linking the benefits of shared vehicles to connected and autonomous technology we can move more people in the most efficient , affordable and safest way, dramatically transforming how we get around the city. The system will be phased in over time. As that happens, we will need less space to store parked vehicles, whether that’s parking lots and garages or spaces on the street. We can use space that once held empty cars to build small parks and affordable housing, improving our city for everyone.