How Will Autonomous Vehicles Change Local Government Budgeting and Finance? A Case Study of Solid Waste, Drop-off/Pick-up Zones, and Parking

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) will drastically change transportation and will have a wider impact on equity and the equitable distribution of new infrastructure required to accommodate AVs, reshuffle city development patterns, and alter land valuation—leading to further strains on government finances. This project specifically seeks to study the secondary effects of AVs (not the innovation themselves but how innovations impact our lives), with a specific focus on local government fiscal impacts. The breadth of impacts are wide ranging and were outlined in a white paper (Clark, Larco, and Mann 2017) earlier this year. The proposed project will take a deeper and more detailed dive than was seen in the white paper so that the magnitude in a few categories of government service: 1) solid waste collection, 2) how to charge and manage drop-off/pick-up zones, and 3) impact on parking revenue and demand. The project will partner with the University of North Carolina School of Government’s Benchmarking Project and the City of Portland, Oregon (specifically the Portland Bureau of Transportation). These partnerships and the investigative team bring together expertise from the disciplines of public administration, public finance, planning, and urban design. The outcomes of this project will provide evidence of the impact that AVs will have on these specific service areas, and will provide a foundation for future investigation across a wider-range of government services that will take place after this proposed project. The larger goal of this project, which the Small Starts grant supports, aims to provide a guide to local governments on how they will need to plan for AV adaptation. The Small Starts grant will provide the foundation for this highly demanded guide for local governments. These two initial case studies will provide a blueprint for how to proceed in other government services, giving the research team an opportunity to refine their technique and better understand the types of impacts to look for prior to expanding to a government-wide investigation. The case studies will initially be written up as white papers to give governments quick access to this information, and the team will late produce a number of academically oriented articles to further the discussion within academia on AVs’ secondary impacts.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    NITC 1174

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    School of Government
    Campus Box 3330
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina  United States  27599-3430

    University of Oregon, Eugene

    Eugene, OR  United States  97403

    Portland Bureau of Transportation

    1120 SW 5th Ave
    Suite 800
    Portland, Oregon  United States  97201
  • Managing Organizations:

    TREC at Portland State University

    1900 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 175
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon  United States  97201
  • Project Managers:

    Hagedorn, Hau

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Oregon, Eugene

    Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management, 119 Hendricks Hall
    Eugene, OR  United States  97403-1209
  • Principal Investigators:

    Clark, Benjamin

  • Start Date: 20171101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20181031
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01651393
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
  • Contract Numbers: NITC 1174
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2017 3:40PM