Chicago: Next mayor should pick mobility chief to handle issues like electric scooters, self-driving cars: report

The next mayor should have a chief mobility officer to handle issues like ride-share regulation and self-driving cars, as technology continues to change how we get around, according to a new report.

The report from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s mobility task force also recommends a pilot program this year for electric scooters, and an increase in the state gas tax.

“Look, somebody’s got to pay for this,” said former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who chaired the task force. “Transportation is not free.”

The Emanuel administration formed the task force back in September. Its 20 members include academics, government officials and members of the private sector.

The group developed guidelines to manage a multi-modal transportation system, with old technology like CTA buses interacting with new ways to travel like Uber and Lyft. Among the goals of the task force was a system that is better for the environment, reduces dependence on single-occupant vehicle trips and makes the city easier to live in.