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Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technology promises to dramatically reduce deaths and economic losses from crashes caused by human error, increase mobility for those with disabilities, and revolutionize the auto industry. Yet legislation to facilitate oversight of the development and deployment of AVs is stalling in Congress. Professor John Paul MacDuffie offers a primer on AV technology policy, and discusses strategies for addressing safety and other public concerns while still facilitating AV innovation in the private sector.
Penn Wharton PPI recently welcomed Jason Post, Director of Public Affairs at Uber Technologies, Inc. to campus for a talk on how modern technology is transforming urban mobility. Post oversees transportation policy and works with elected and appointed officials as well as third-party groups to achieve Uber’s mission to make transportation reliable and efficient. Before his time at Uber, Jason worked in journalism, government and consulting, including service in the Administration of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. He also produced the political news program Inside City Hall on the cable news channel NY1. He is a 2001 graduate of Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences and serves as volunteer wish granter for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
For much of the second half of the 20th Century, cities in the United States developed by suburbanizing – wealthier families fled urban cores and settled in outlying areas, where the size of one’s house became a preeminent status symbol. Yet over the last few decades, these trends have reversed, at least among young, well-educated millennials. Between 2010 and 2015, in all but six of the country’s 33 largest metropolitan areas, population growth among educated millennials in core cities eclipsed that of their surrounding suburbs, with such populations in 13 cities growing at more than double the rate of their suburbs. 
The massive destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and other parts of Southern Texas will require Congress to converge on multiple needs. Consumer confidence, meanwhile, is high.
As Uber faces increasing pressure and changes, especially in light of CEO Travis Kalanick’s leave of absence, Professor Kevin Werbach comments on how the company could rebound.
”One possible strategy to improve its image would be to pay drivers more and scale back its losses. That would mean higher prices for riders.”
American Public Transportation Administration
To strengthen and improve public transportation, APTA serves and leads its diverse membership through advocacy, innovation and information sharing. APTA and its members and staff work to ensure that public transportation is available and accessible for all Americans in communities across the country.
A number of different data resources are available that provide information on public transportation. These various data resources provide summary information at the state, local and national level. Many of these resources also provide very detailed information on individual public transportation systems.
- Public Transportation Fact Book: The definitive resource for transit industry statistics.
- Ridership Report: Quarterly report on the number of passengers riding public transportation.
- Public Transportation Fare Database: Report listing fare structures by mode for many U.S. and Canadian agencies.
- APTA Statistical Reports: APTA’s reports on vehicles, infrastructure, and transit passengers.
- 2011 NTD Data Tables: The most recent data on transit agencies from the FTA’s National Transit Database.
- Investment Data: Reports presenting data on revenues, expenses, and assets which are frequently requested by agencies and businesses making transit investment decisions.
- Transit Benefit Data and Analysis: Data and analysis concerning the benefits of transit use for the economy, environment, and the well-being of transit riders and their communities.
- Policy Development and Research Program at APTA: Policy research and member surveys on critical issues facing the transit industry.
Center for Transportation Analysis
The mission of the Center for Transportation Analysis (CTA) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is to provide solutions for assuring the safe, efficient and secure movement of people and goods on resilient transportation systems. The CTA does specialty research and development in Data, Statistical Analysis and Geo-Spatial Information Tools. Fact sheets, research briefs, and presentations are provided on this page for the various research areas in which the CTA specializes.
Quick link: http://cta.ornl.gov/cta/factsheets.shtml
Federal Aviation Administration Data
The FAA conducts research to ensure that commercial and general aviation is the safest in the world. On this page you will find information about how the research is done, the resulting data and statistics, and information on funding and grant data. Topics include:
- Accident & Incident Reports
- Aviation Data & Statistics
- Commercial Space Data
- Passengers & Cargo
- Funding & Grant Data
Quick link: http://www.faa.gov/data_research/
Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)
The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) research programs and is charged with advancing the deployment of cross-cutting technologies to improve our Nation’s transportation system.
RITA brings together important data, research and technology transfer assets of the Department of Transportation, including:
- Bureau of Transportation Statistics (Quick link: http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/)
- National Transportation Library
- Intelligent Transportation Systems
- Positioning, Navigation and Timing
- Research, Development and Technology
- University Transportation Centers
- Transportation Safety Institute
- Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Quick link to these resources: http://www.rita.dot.gov/about_rita
Quick link to Transtats where you can find data and statistics on transportation by mode, region, and subject: http://www.transtats.bts.gov/
U.S. Department of Transportation (FHWA, FMCSA & FRA)
The top priorities at DOT are to keep the traveling public safe and secure, increase their mobility, and have our transportation system contribute to the nation’s economic growth. Quick link to all DOT Agencies: http://www.dot.gov/administrations
Quick link to the Federal Highway Administration’s Highway Statistics Series, which consists of annual reports containing analyzed statistical information on motor fuel, motor vehicle registrations, driver licenses, highway user taxation, highway mileage, travel, and highway finance. These information are presented in tables as well as selected charts: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics.cfm
Quick link to the Data, Analysis, and Statistics page of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:
Quick link to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Safety Analysis page where users can run dynamic queries, download a variety of safety database files, publications and forms, and view current statistical information on railroad safety: