Savvy City Financing Supports Future Infrastructure

The city of Santa Monica, California has traffic that is so bad that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently considered implementing congestion pricing for the city. In the next decade, Santa Monica will need to integrate new technologies, such as drones and connected vehicles, into its transportation system. The city, like other localities around the country, will need to access new sources of revenue and enough communications bandwidth to enable the new technologies. Santa Monica's innovative approaches to using the public right-of-way (ROW) offer a strong example of how to achieve both objectives at once. This article describes how Santa Monica has used value capture techniques to build out a fiber optic network without taking on debt, positioning the city to better meet the demands of new mobility modes and emerging transportation technologies.


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  • Accession Number: 01758483
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 12 2020 12:20PM