REIMAGINE OUR ROLE
To achieve such a transformation, we need to redefine the role that a city transportation agency has played in the past.
In the past, we had a static and incomplete picture of how people were traveling, we had no digital data base of where you could or could not park in the city, and we begged for data from private transportation providers. Today, we are offering companies substantial input into the data specification we will use as part of our permit system for electric scooters and ride sharing. Businesses like Uber and Lyft are now taking a very different posture to when they first arrived on the scene. And we’re creating a dynamic digital database of all of our infrastructure in the city.
In the past, transportation agencies have taken an adversarial approach to private product companies and required partners to go through time consuming and cumbersome contracting processes to share basic data. In the past, we’ve allowed enticing new technology (like freeways) to completely reshape our urban form with little thinking about long term social impacts of unfettered expansion. Tomorrow, we expect autonomous systems to be a feature of our streets and air space, integrated with mass transit, and aligned with the city’s sustainability and equity goals. Autonomous vehicles have the greatest potential to solve many of our mobility challenges. However, if left to purely commercial forces, autonomy will add to congestion, increase safety challenges, and exacerbate inequality. This is why today, we are working in close coordination with autonomous vehicle providers to ensure the technology is supported by our infrastructure and aligned with our goals.