The Transportation Futures Project: Planning for Technology Change

After a long period of system deployment of the auto-highway system, and several decades of maturity of that system, the surface transportation sector is facing a large number of technological shifts that could change whether and how people travel. While nascent, their prospects are potentially significant. This research proposes to explore these technologies - ascertain their potential market, consider their interactions, understand what that might do to travel demands, and address how planning and forecasting should respond. This research will develop a series of white papers: high-level policy briefs based on the projects analysis of each technology, its direction, and its implications for Minnesota. This extends and complements the Minnseota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) 50 year vision expressed in Minnesota GO. It also extends the work of the Natonal Cooerprative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 750 project: Strategic Issues Facing Transportation in a number of directions as described in the proposal below, and tailors recommendations to Minnesota. The timeframe on these technologies varies, and we will look at deployment paths over time rather than simple snapshots in time.