How local agencies can prepare for MaaS disruption, finance executive on the gig economy’s cashless future, a deep dive into P3s, and a trillion dollar idea
Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week we are sharing thoughts on how local agencies can plan for MaaS and the emergence of AVs, an interview with Visa’s head of digital products on the cashless future, infrastructure funding from the White House, and more.
Preparing for MaaS disruption:
With the future holding promise for AVs and changing mobility options, experts say local agencies can manage the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) boom in their cities by investing in infrastructure and funding autonomous research, among others.
State Tech: “How Local Agencies Can Manage the Mobility as a Service Boom” by Phil Goldstein and Juliet Van Wagenen, August 24, 2017.
Finance exec on the gig economy:
Sam Shrauger, head of digital products at Visa, explains how the gig economy is changing the way people pay for goods and services. Shrauger further discusses the possibilities of the financial industry’s cashless and cardless future.
Government Tech: “How the Gig Economy Served as a Catalyst for a Cashless, Cardless Society” by Thomas Lee, August 28, 2017
Cities must predict impact of AVs:
A piece in Planetizen describes how cities must prepare for the implementation of AVs in the near future. The author cites curbside space allocation for pick-up and drop-off, e-commerce delivery, and micro transit corridors as factors in the future of urban street design and city planning.
Planetizen: “Autonomous Vehicles and Streets: A Guide to Potential Impacts” by N. Larco, July 29, 2017.
Automakers fast adopting mobility services:
With new technologies emerging, many auto companies now believe that the “two cars in every garage” business model will be replaced by customers who instead favor other mobility solutions, like ride-sharing.
The Detroit News: “Carmakers push toward mobility as a service” by Jim Lynch, August 1, 2017.
P3s on the line:
According to Governing, a judge’s demand for new ridership projections could put a stop to Maryland’s Purple Line project, and potentially undermine future public-private partnerships nationwide.
Governing: “Court Case in Maryland Could Threaten P3s Nationwide” by Daniel C. Vock, August 28, 2017.
Smart city or pocket of pain?:
A new study on ground mobility options identified Columbus, OH – America’s first Smart City – as a “pocket of pain” for intercity ground transportation. The article argues that without proper mobility services, like Amtrak services and express coach lines, Columbus cannot be a smart city.
Smart Cities Dive: “Columbus, OH may be smart — but its transportation options are lacking” by Cody Boteler, August 28, 2017.
As the United States increasingly turns to public-private partnerships (P3s) to tackle infrastructure projects; Construction Dive explains the 5 elements of a successful P3 implementation.
Construction Dive: “5 elements of a successful P3” by Kim Slowey, August 29, 2017.
President aims to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure:
President Donald Trump’s administration told 150 state and local transportation officials that they plan to use their infrastructure plan to create incentives for the private sector to finance public entities like bridges, tunnels and highways. Throughout the next four years, the Trump Administration is hoping to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure between the government and private sectors.
The New York Times: “White House Wants to Help States, Cities Offload Infrastructure” by Reuters, August 30, 2017.
Please note that this article expresses the opinions of the author and does not reflect the views of Move Forward.