By the year 2050 the Texas population will have increased by over 60% with 47 million texas residents.
And as the population grows, metropolitan areas are expanding.
This rapid growth and urbanization is placing pressure on our transportation system.
(...and the pace of change is accelerating.)
Safety: Over 3,500 deaths on Texas roadways last year (in 2018).
People are left with few mobility options and limited access to critical services.
But, accompanying these challenges are opportunities.
Connected vehicles Cars that can talk to other cars and to the traffic lights to help move more people on our existing road network
Automated vehicles that can pick up patients and take them to medical appointments...or delivery freight packages from the highway to your doorstep
New sensors and data sources...that help detect everything from pedestrians to rising flood waters to help you arrive quickly and safely at your destination
On-demand ride services...that serve as a first/last mile connection to public transit stops.
Ridesharing services...to help people safely get home after a night out on the town.
Dockless scooters...that can make it easier to get around without owning a car.
As we usher in the next generation of technologies, a paradigm shift has already begun in transportation. Driven by customer and economic demands, technological development, and the need to optimally use the infrastructure we already have, the efficacy of Texas’ transportation system will depend upon the ability of our public agencies to innovate. Emerging technologies – including connected and automated vehicles, predictive data analytics, and sensor-based infrastructure – necessitate expertise, public-private partnerships, and a pilot-learn-scale model of deployment.
An entrepreneurial approach is needed for Texas to take a leadership position, enabling our state to support a 21st century workforce and continue attracting and growing businesses. Other parts of the country have already taken steps to attract public and private sector investment. If Texas fails to innovate, the state will continue to forgo economic growth opportunities, sacrifice customer experience, and lack state of the art safety improvements. In order to be nimble, the Alliance platform is needed to enable risk sharing and collectively develop creative solutions.
Individually, public agencies have limited capacity and capability to develop mobility solutions and prepare our infrastructure for the coming transformations. Together, we have the ability to leverage our resources, expertise, and solutions to provide a safe, reliable, and seamless transportation experience to customers. Through collaboration and innovation, Texas is committed to pioneering innovative partnerships to optimize funding that delivers a mobility experience of transportation options and equitable access within a thriving economy.