Arizona State University researchers are anticipating the future to improve how the nation’s local and regional transportation systems serve their communities.

Roads to discovery: ASU researchers tackle the future of transportation

Beyond rebuilding today’s infrastructure, we may want to ask ourselves what tomorrow’s roads, bridges and automobile alternatives might look like

Roughly 40 percent of the nation’s roads and major highways are not considered to be in good condition, and about 70,000 of U.S. bridges are structurally deficient. During the 2016 presidential campaign both candidates seized on our failing transportation infrastructure, each promising heavy investments to rebuild roads and bridges.

“There are a lot of unknowns as to how these technologies are going to disrupt transportation systems and networks,” Pendyala’s says.

Further expansion of the electric vehicles (EV) market can influence infrastructure plans and designs. With more EV, there’s a need for more charging stations. When building out new and rebuilding old systems, planning for this potential shift is critical.

“Phoenix has been growing into its infrastructure, slowly utilizing more and more of its capacity. It looks like we are building ourselves into congestion,” Chester adds.

But Chester also avoids the environmental impact soapbox, too.

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