MOBILITY 2050: A Vision for Transportation Infrastructure

Supported by a grant from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the Northwestern University Transportation Center undertook an exploration of the factors, needs, and opportunities facing U.S. transportation infrastructure in the next 35 years. The objective of the study is to frame the possibilities and thus to inform the public and policy makers about future needs for transportation infrastructure. This study explores the possible states of the world in 2050 that will influence the characteristics of and demands on U.S. transportation infrastructure. How will different futures affect demand for connectivity, capacity, and quality of that infrastructure? How will external factors affect its condition and performance? The work begins with scenarios or visions of what the future might be as driven by forces external to the transportation system. These are contexts within which the transportation system must function and policies and plans that support it can be formulated and tested. Several scenarios are defined that span the range of reasonable possibilities. The work explores how these future scenarios make different demands on transportation infrastructure, and how outside forces and opportunities affect the system, influence those demands, and present new ways to deliver and assure transportation services. This information can provide a basis for planning the evolution of the transportation system so that it meets future needs, and to help citizens and their leaders decide what infrastructure investment and development strategies are needed to assure satisfactory transportation system performance that supports a productive, efficient, and sustainable economy and society between now and 2050.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Illustrations; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 154p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01607765
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 19 2016 12:05PM