Louisville Intelligent Transportation Focus Brief

Tue, 2018-09-04 16:06 -- SCC Staff

Challenge Statement
In order to reduce Louisville’s vehicular miles traveled (VMT), we need to become less car dependent and start using alternative modes of transportation such as transit, biking and walking especially for shorter trips.

Public/Private Partnerships & Data Sharing
Mobility Options (transit, bikeshare, ridesharing, scooters...)
Technology Innovations (Autonomous Vehicles, Mobility as a Service...)

Specific Questions for Discussion
What data (both public and private) and/or technology innovation could promote increased use of alternative modes of transportation for short trips?
How can we used data and technology innovations to promote more shared rides and strengthen our transit system?
What kind of policies should we consider to ensure new mobility innovations help us reach our goals of reduced VMT?

We are fortunate to be on the forefront of dramatic technological changes as we rethink our transportation system and how we move around. The waves of new technology and changing demographics will have a profound impact on our built environment. These technological innovations, combined with dramatic demographic shifts, are about to become our reality. We must be ready to adapt and capitalize on these coming changes.

Since the early 20th Century, Louisville Metro has built roads and transit systems to efficiently and effectively move people and goods. Providing this transportation infrastructure will continue to be a core responsibility of our government, but we will also need to make sure that the technology and data components of our transportation network are also built out and maintained because technology and data will power modern transportation and new modes of transportation.

The Move Louisville plan, released in 2016, is the roadmap for how we will build out our physical transportation network over the next 20 years. It recommends policies and projects that will create a more innovative, connected transportation network that, while continuing to facilitate normal traffic, will allow and encourage those who want to live “car-lite” or even car-free. The overall objective of Move Louisville is to reduce vehicle miles traveled by providing options for commuting, recreation and short trips using transit and active modes like walking and biking.

To continue to remain a vibrant city, Louisville must reduce vehicle miles traveled. Cars will remain the dominate mode of transport, but there is opportunity to shift short trips away from cars. Shifting these trips can have broad impacts on our health, air quality, built environment and connectivity. Short trips (3 miles or less) account for a full half of all trips and 28% of trips are one mile or less. Converting some of these short car trips to other low to non-polluting modes, such as bicycling and walking, can have a positive impact on the environment.

And, there are other opportunities to impact how many miles are traveled on our roads. Today, almost 82% of commuters in Louisville drive to work alone, and 89% of households have access to one or more cars. In comparison to our regional peer cities and the nation, Louisville’s percentage of residents driving to work alone is high: for example, 72% of Cincinnati’s residents drive alone, while Nashville’s and the nation’s rates stand at 80% and 76%, respectively.

At this workshop, we want participants to help us develop ideas to use data and technology to reduce vehicle miles traveled.