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Automated Transportation

Continue to develop the dedicated bus lanes. Once one is complete convert the busses that access those lanes to driverless vehicles controlled partially by a central computer. Then sell tolls to owners of driverless cars that allow the buyer access to these lanes as well. By doing so, they submit their car to be partially controlled by the central hub as well, at least while it occupies the dedicated lane. As time goes on this could evolve as the driverless technologies evolves allowing for extremely efficient transportation. Maybe the city could invest in a number of these driverless cars to fill in the void and rent them similar to an Uber.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

It would be on the leading edge of technology and would require some big brains to come with the safe method of controlling all these vehicles with all the variables they would face but it would prepare the city for the imminent future with driverless tech becoming more and more common, including passenger drones which will require a similar type of control.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Ridership and tolls. This could win some serious dollars for the city.

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

Since they would be in the dedicated bus lanes, with a few modifications to the lanes and the busses, and perhaps the acquisition of further lanes to access, this could definitely be attainable.

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