Viewpoint: How the transportation sector can work more effectively with Departments of Transportation

Departments of Transportation are finding ways to get things done faster, cheaper and better. The pace of improvement and modernization is accelerating. But can this be sustained? Building a culture of innovation may be the key to continuous improvement — and the top imperative for public transportation agencies today.

From automated cars that drive us and may get us closer to zero fatalities, to drones that can deliver packages and move us out of congestion, the promise of technology sounds great. But how do we assess and manage the risks of implementing new programs, policies and technologies? Moreover, how do we implement changes that are more immediately accessible — not the stuff that might be available in 2040?