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Let’s Use Self-Driving Cars to Fix America’s Busted Infrastructure

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Jeff Smith
May 20, 2016 12:40
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Our challenge is to use that change to solve problems rather than create new ones, and maintain and tailor our existing infrastructure for the future.

I ve spent my career fighting for innovation and creativity in our transportation system, from starting the bike planning program for the City of Portland in the 1990s to strengthening tax benefits for transit commuters in Congress.

Depending on how we value mobility and the shared space of our streets and highways, our cities could become even more congested and unequal, especially if electric and hybrid vehicle owners pay less and less for use of the roads while drivers of older, less fuel efficient cars have to make up the difference.

Integration of this miles traveled charge into market-ready and emerging vehicle technology can provide data to drive transportation planning decisions.

It can also be tailored to charge for actual system use by adding modest fees for driving during peak travel times—known as congestion pricing.

The platform can be used to incentivize thoughtful planning and integration of semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles at the local level.

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