City Planning

First autonomous shuttle in the US, officials future-proofing their cities, Australia’s “20-minute city” initiative, and the future of transportation

Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week we’re featuring an analysis of the fastest and slowest commutes in the country’s largest cities, along with news of nation’s first autonomous shuttle system, a push for “20-minute cities” in Australia, and more.


De Blasio proposes new tax to raise funds for subway system:
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed a new income tax on the city’s wealthiest people to help generate revenue for NYC’s ailing and overcrowded public transit system.
York Times: “London Uses Congestion Pricing. Why Doesn’t New York?” by Vikas Bajaj and Stuart A. Thompson, August 10, 2017.



How slow is your city?:
The Washington Post features an analysis of commute times and distances from leading cities across the U.S., in particular examining the impact of congestion and other factors. Cities with the slowest commute times include Boston, Washington D.C., New York, and Miami.
The Washington Post: “How Fast Can You Leave Town During Rush Hour?” by Sahil Chinoy, August 11, 2017.


Nation’s first autonomous shuttle to debut:
Arlington, Texas is launching what they believe is the nation’s first autonomous public shuttle network.  Starting on August 26, Milo, short for Mile Zero, will bring fans from remote parking lots to games at the AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park.
Government Technology: “Arlington, Texas, to Launch ‘Nation’s First Autonomous Public Shuttle Network’” by Bill Hanna, August 11, 2017.


Cities look to “future proof” their streets:
Many experts have predicted that within the next 15 to 30 years, the digital world will influence transportation systems– from high-speed tunnels, to drones, and most importantly, autonomous vehicles. The implications of these innovations could extend deeply into the fabric of urban communities, and now public leaders are faced with the dilemma of “future proofing” their communities in preparation for disruption.
Governing: “Transportation and the Challenge of Future-Proofing Our Cities” by Bob Graves, August 14, 2017.



20-minute cities:
In Australia, there is a significant push in government for the adoption of the “20-minute city,” which seeks to set a maximum trip duration of 20 minutes for all modes of transportation. New research in Melbourne has found that so far, only 3% of public transit trips take less than 20 minutes, compared to 60% of trips by car.
Crickey: ”Can public transport define the 20-minute city?” by Alan Davies, August 16, 2017.


Fiat Chrysler joins BMW autonomous vehicle alliance:
A new partnership between BMW, Intel, Mobileye, and Fiat Chrysler will aim to produce an industry-wide autonomous car technology which other carmakers could adopt. This alliance is part of a new trend in the automotive world as industry leaders seek ways to share the high costs of developing autonomous technologies.
Reuters: “Fiat Chrysler joins BMW-Intel self-driving car alliance” by Alexandria Sage and Edward Taylor, August 16, 2017.


Uber considers selling U.S. car leasing business:
A report released earlier this week informed Uber’s executives that losses at Xchange Leasing were $9,000 per car on average. These numbers were far above the predicted estimates of around $500 per car, prompting conversations of selling the company.
Automotive News: “Uber considering sale of U.S. car-leasing business, report says” by Parikshit Mishra, August 16, 2017.




Industry leader discusses rapidly changing transit space:
Harriet Tregoning, former leading official at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, discusses how cities should be planning and preparing their transportation infrastructure for the future.
Government Technology: How Cities Should Plan and Prepare Their Transportation Infrastructure for the Future” by Bob Graves, August 16, 2017.


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