Our region’s economic recovery may be advancing in fits and starts but traffic volumes on our region’s motorways have rebounded to near normal and the congestion that plagues Puget Sound travelers has returned in all the usual locations. Even as the hazards of the “new normal” have motivated thousands of commuters to abandon public transit, the people of this region need options that don’t involve endless hours lost to inadequate transportation infrastructure. In the midst of adversity we see opportunity.
So what does the future of commuting look like? Emerging trends in digital infrastructure will change how we learn, work, obtain medical care, and whether or not many choose to commute. Digital infrastructure will also change how we choose to commute. The equity outcomes of the digital revolution are promising as advancements in energy production and digital connectivity enable new technologies at a lower cost. The inherent flexibility of on-demand mobility services indicates that they can adapt and even thrive in this changing landscape. Legacy commuting models may give way to an entirely new shared-ride commuting experience that is at once as personal and private as it is equitable and sustainable.
Verizon and Teague are your hosts for this exciting journey forward in a new world of opportunity for everyone.
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