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How Emerging Technologies Could Transform Infrastructure

How Emerging Technologies Could Transform Infrastructure

As one award-winning proposal demonstrates, there's much that could be done to get a lot more out of our existing transportation network.

GOVERNING.com
MARCH 6, 2018
By Anthony Barrs  |  Contributor
By Baiyu Chen  |  Contributor

After decades of lackluster investment, misinvestment and disinvestment, how does America reinvigorate its infrastructure spending to get the most impact from every dollar?

The Trump administration's own infrastructure plan might hold a key. As the White House put it in a fact sheet previewing the proposal, the administration wants to "encourage the development of new, transformative infrastructure projects."

Key words: "new," "transformative."

The president's plan has come in for plenty of criticism, particularly from those looking for Washington to lead the way on spending. And certainly there is a need for more investment in our roads, bridges and other vital public works. But the White House proposal captures an important point: America's infrastructure is primed for disruption. Technology and innovation have revolutionized every corner of our economy, including transit and mobility. And now is the time to capitalize on that innovation and build a national infrastructure plan that looks toward the infrastructure we need over the next 50 years... FULL ARTICLE

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