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Transportation's Green Revolution

posted Mar 9, 2017, 6:56 AM by Ulanna Carrijo Bento   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 11:55 AM ]
The next green revolution is public transportation. Technologies are advancing the movement with self-driving taxis, wifi-enabled traffic control, eco-conscious freeways, and electric light rail trains. 

David Taylor, Envision Sustainability Professional, is a Strategic Envision Advisor to the Construction Project 1 for California's High-Speed Rail System. When completed, it will cover 800 miles with as many as 24 stations between Sacramento to San Diego. 

"The system is vital to the meet the state's goal of a multi-modal response to escalating congestion and the need for continued growth and economic prosperity," said Taylor. "These conditions add stress to community cohesion, natural assets, air quality, and water resources."

Taylor will be presenting "Envision - Helping Deliver the Next Generation of Infrastructure" to Dr. Tsegaye's Systems Thinking class at the Patel College of Global Sustainability. The purpose of the presentation is to provide Dr. Seneshaw's students with an understanding of the importance of infrastructure, rationale, and using Envision for decision making. 

There is an evident global shift toward using more renewable energy and reducing air pollution as well as an incorporation of advances in the internet and digital communication technologies. 

The most rapidly growing transportation revolution has been shared ride and public ride services such as Uber and Lyft which are the most recognized. These companies are now investing in electric vehicles and self-driving technology. Financial Times announced that Mercedes-Benz is partnering with Uber to run a network of self-driving cars. A new model for transportation is developing "one in which self-driving cars are not owned by individuals, but instead by car companies and transportation networks, and summoned when needed," as emphasized by the Daimler deal. Ford and BMW have also been working on autonomous systems for public use. This is a  revolutionary industry that will transform how societies function.