Transportation is changing, both due to new technologies, traffic congestion, and a growing desire from urban residents, in particular, to not need to own a vehicle in order to get around their cities. One strategy to fund and promote this shift is congestion pricing. London, Stockholm, and Singapore have it; New York City and Beijing (among many other) are considering it; and while the Ontario provincial government recently denied Toronto permission to implement such a scheme, it will undoubtedly be back in the table in the near future.
But it’s not just urban transportation that’s changing. The momentum toward autonomous trucking seems to be picking up with more companies testing their own technologies. Some say trucking jobs will disappear, while others simply think the nature of that work will change.
And while much of our focus is on the West, countries in Asia are facing their own challenges. I found the article about the metro investments in Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, and Manila particularly interesting.
Finally, there are more questions about Elon Musk’s Boring Company intentions after Fast Company revealed that its LA tunnel conveniently runs from Musk’s office to his home.
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