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SAN ANTONIO (Nov.18, 2019) -- Driverless cars, personal delivery robots, and smart intersections designed to reduce traffic congestion and collisions may sound like futuristic transportation initiatives, but they are happening now—and they are happening in Texas.
San Antonio and cities in Bexar County and across the state are pushing the boundaries of transportation technology while exploring new ways to safely and efficiently move people and freight. Ongoing strategies include connected vehicles, data sharing and even automated trucking to create better access to jobs, critical services, and other communities.
Transportation agencies, researchers, and policymakers are meeting from Nov.17-19, 2019, in San Antonio to discuss these strategies and present their visions for innovative mobility solutions as part of the fourth annual Texas Mobility Summit.
“It’s a great honor for San Antonio to host the fourth annual Texas Mobility Summit and we’re eager to hear how our partners and other cities are tackling their transportation issues,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “Here in San Antonio, we’re exploring several innovative transportation initiatives with many partners to provide mobility options for those who live, work, and visit San Antonio, that we’re looking forward to sharing at the Texas Mobility Summit.”
“The issues that will be addressed during the Texas Mobility Summit are timely and relevant to the state of transit in our community and the issues addressed in our VIA Reimagined Plan,” VIA President/CEO Jeffrey C. Arndt said. “VIA Reimagined places a focus on providing more frequent bus service, a rapid transit network with vehicles traveling in dedicated lanes, and innovative solutions that make it easier to choose and use transit. In addition to reducing congestion, transit solutions transform lives and connect people to the places that are important to them, important to our economic development, to educational attainment, and our overall quality of life.”
Texas is rising to meet its challenges with a bold vision for the future of mobility. Key policymakers: Bruce Bugg, Chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission; San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg; Texas Representative Ina Minjarez; Commissioner Kevin Wolff of Bexar County; Executive Director James Bass of the Texas Department of Transportation and other members of the San Antonio City Council will speak to the paradigm shift occurring in transportation. In addition, Nicole Nason, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administrator will share the national strategy for empowering innovators to develop 21st century transportation solutions.
"When it comes to addressing safety and congestion, Texas is looking to bold new solutions. Advanced technologies, such as smart infrastructure and connected vehicles are crucial to moving people, goods, and information throughout our state,” said Darran Anderson, Director of Strategy & Innovation at the Texas Department of Transportation. “The Summit is an opportunity to bring transportation leaders together to share knowledge and integrate advanced technologies into the future mobility system.”
This year, the Alliance is focusing on coordinating mobility-as-a-service initiatives, developing connected and automated vehicle best practices, and strengthening the links between the transportation system and access to economic opportunities.
“The Texas Mobility Summit allows the research community to share knowledge and also get valuable feedback from policymakers and the public,” said Steve Dellenback, vice president of the Intelligent Systems Division at Southwest Research Institute. “Automation and the internet of things (IoT) present both opportunities for improved mobility and economic output, as well as challenges related to logistics and cybersecurity.”
The Texas Mobility Summit will provide participants and local elected officials with the opportunity to explore transportation technology used by San Antonio, Bexar County and other Texas cities, such as microtransit, dockless scooters and bicycles, an augmented reality experience, data visualizations, two long-haul autonomous trucks and other innovations that aim to improve mobility.
For more information on the Texas Mobility Summit and full schedule of events, visit https://ctr.utexas.edu/texas-mobility-summit/