Atlanta Summit Raises Fresh Questions Around Smart Transit

Originally published by Skip Descant, GovTech

The ConnectATL summit last week united elected, public and business officials discussing the future of transit, transportation and planning in the region.

Getting around metro Atlanta in the future — or for that matter many cities across the nation — could easily involve an autonomous car or bus, electric vehicles, expanded bike-share and other cycling networks.

And public officials from across the region huddled at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center for a day-long summit last week to hear from transportation, business as well as planning and development experts to explore how cities should be shaping policy to better plan for this future.

“The future is so uncertain, and the technology is changing so rapidly, it’s nearly impossible to keep up,” said Cain Williamson, manager of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Mobility Services Group. [read more]