Today we have new types of transportation and technologies that didn’t exist a few years ago. Who could have imagined that we can summon a ride and pay using a smart phone, or that we can order things online – even groceries – and have them delivered to our front door within hours?
As new technologies or enhanced forms of transportation emerge, they present both opportunities and challenges to improve mobility. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has said:
Transportation is in the midst of disruptive change from new technologies (automated and connected vehicles); new institutions (shared mobility firms); and changing attitudes (reduced car ownership) … Planners are under pressure to develop … policies, plans, and investment decisions that consider an increasingly complex transportation landscape. In the process, planners need to consider, but cannot yet reliably predict, the potential impact of disruptive and transformational … technologies on safety, vehicle ownership, road capacity, VMT (vehicle miles travelled), land-use, roadway design, future investment demands, and economic development, among others.
Emerging transportation includes autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicles, as well as the technology and infrastructure needed to make them work. Much uncertainty exists regarding the rate of their adoption, and many are still in their infancy. However, we are starting to envision scenarios and strategies to integrate emerging transportation choices into our plans.
- What are Some Examples of Emerging Transportation?
- Projects Sponsored by Plan Hillsborough
- Smart Cities Plan (Current Projects & Drafts)
- 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan – Vision Zero & Smart Cities Tech. Memorandum (2019)
- USF Campus Autonomous Transit Feasibility Study (2019)
- Temple Terrace Low-Speed Electric Vehicle Study (2019)
- Urban Design for Shared Mobility (2017)
- Intelligent Transportation System Master Plan Update (2013)
- What’s Happening in Our Region and State?
- Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority Connected Vehicle Pilot Program and Autonomous Vehicle Test Bed
- HART to receive up to $1 Million for driverless circulator service
- City of Tampa Shared Electric Scooter Pilot Program & Smart Mobility Division
- Hillsborough County Builds Smarter Roads
- Florida Department of Transportation Connected Vehicle Initiative
- SunTrax at Florida Polytechnic University
- How Can You Get Involved?