What can cities do to move seamlessly and efficiently into the future of mobility? A new report from the National League of Cities (NLC) answers this question. It explores trends in mobility and technology in cities, and shows how technology is disrupting old transportation concepts. The analysis shows how cities can stay ahead of the curve in transportation technology.

The report, “City of the Future: Technology and Mobility,” outlines what experts see in the future. It includes data from city and regional transportation planning documents from the 50 most populous U.S. cities as well as the largest cities in every state. The report is part of a multi-year research project that focuses on five different factors affecting cities: technology, economics, climate resilience, culture and demographics.

The analysis finds widening gaps between innovation in the private sector, the expressed preferences of citizens and the visions of city planners regarding transportation investment. One of the report’s conclusions: The mobility environment in cities is rapidly shifting.

“Transportation is critical for our cities. This report is part of a multi-year research project that focuses on five different factors affecting cities: technology, economics, climate resilience, culture and demographics,” says National League of Cities CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony. “By exploring mobility and the impact technology is having on how we all get around, NLC is highlighting specific issues that will help cities anticipate changes in the urban landscape and prepare accordingly.”

“Our collective thoughts on the future of transportation have moved from DeLoreans to driverless cars in what seems like the blink of an eye,” says Brooks Rainwater, director, NLC Center for City Solutions and Applied Research. “With the mobility environment rapidly changing, cities are central and leading the effort toward better, more seamless and equitable transportation systems.”

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