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The City of Tomorrow: The future of urban transportation is being built today

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Innovation happens when people come together. Nowhere is that more obvious than in our bustling cities around the world. And as resident numbers continue to climb, some of the most populated locations across the globe are faced with the opportunity to not only shape the future — but to design it.

According to a 2014 United Nations report, 54 percent of the world’s population resides in urban areas; by 2050 that number is expected to rise to 66 percent. That’s a lot of people.

An increase in population can lead to a whole slew of transportation issues — many of which you probably experience regularly. From congestion on the roads and inefficient traffic patterns to unreliable public transportation and rising commute times, city dwellers know how painful it can be when systems start to fail.
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The City of Tomorrow: How today’s strategists are building their vision for the future today

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The average motorist in Bangkok spent a whopping 64 hours stuck in traffic congestion throughout the course of 2016, according to the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard. That’s nearly three precious days of a year spent waiting to move!

As more than half the world’s population now resides in cities, a sharp uptick in traffic, pollution, and mass transit related problems are demanding fresh solutions. While residents of Bangkok, Bogota, or Los Angeles may have accepted that surrendering hours of their life to traffic is all part of the daily grind, for today’s mobility strategists, traffic represents an opportunity for innovation. Civil engineers and urban strategists are working toward solutions designed to reshape the way we navigate our cities, so we can spend more time enjoying them and less time stuck in traffic jams. Read more…

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