A recent McKinsey report estimated that dense, high-income cities like Chicago, London, or Singapore could save $7,400 per resident if they managed to build electric, on-demand transportation options, with a strong public transit system as the whole thing’s backbone.
But to get there, cities have to start working now, and the new year is the perfect time. So we asked transportation experts from academia, the private sector, and public agencies: If you’re a city building a survival kit, what do you pack? And what do you do with it?
Cities know more about you—yes, you!—right now than at any other time in history. Public agencies use WiFi to track your movement throughout subway platforms. They record traffic flows with sophisticated software systems. Some have even convinced private companies, like Uber and Lyft, to hand over information about where they’re taking passengers, and when. So it’s unfortunate that most don’t know how to put that info to good use.