Taming Transportation Troubles Before They Get Worse
There are many major cities in this country where transportation is a nightmare. The bigger the city, the bigger the traffic woes and it’s hard to argue that Los Angeles has some of the worst congested highways and troubled public transit systems. In preparation for a population increase and even bigger demand for transit options, Los Angeles is taking a proactive stance on taming transportation troubles before they get any worse.
Leveraging Technology for Transportation Innovation
Transportation can be a challenge for many larger communities. Aging infrastructure and lack of options can make it difficult for commuters to get around the city efficiently and affordably. As noted in “L.A.’s Testing Ground for Transportation Efficiency,” posted by Stephen Goldsmith on Governing.com, ‘mobility management’ is a new approach that many communities are adopting to improve transportation. Goldsmith suggests, in the past, many efforts to improve transportation often failed due to legislation complications, the lack of real-time data, and few transportation options other than bus systems. Today, there appears to be an increase in ride-sharing, improvements in infrastructure for cyclists, and technology for measuring roadway performance has advanced.
LA is expecting a surge in road use along with an upcoming population increase. This, in addition to demands for more efficient transportation options, is pressuring the city to develop a strong mobility management program. To date, LA has partnered with Waze, to monitor the congested areas as reported by citizens, and JCDecaux, the outdoor advertising company to add Wi-Fi and charging stations to two of the city’s bus shelters. A recent partnership with Xerox resulted in the creation of Go LA, an app that offers available public and private transit options for users. As the city continues to capture traffic and population movement data, leaders will be able to establish more efficient ways to improve transportation and protect the safety of the community.
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