Transforming Transportation Technology for Communities
The technologies behind such developments as smart infrastructure, ride sharing, and driverless vehicles are changing how people get around. To prepare for these changes and ensure that all residents benefit, especially those in traditionally underserved communities, the Minneapolis Department of Public Works enlisted help from FUSE executive fellow Danielle Elkins. She held workshops to educate city staff about new mobility technologies and created a tool to help them access transportation information in real time. She convened local and regional stakeholders around key transportation issues and hosted a series of events to gather community feedback. Danielle also helped develop four pilot projects that test-drive promising new technologies and approaches, laying the foundation for a modern transportation system in Minneapolis that better serves the mobility needs of all residents. Danielle is continuing to support the city’s advanced mobility initiatives, which includes designing a structure to support a sustainable team focused on these issues. She is also collaborating with internal and regional partners on engagement and educational efforts, helping analyze the results of the pilots and partnerships already implemented, and exploring funding opportunities for additional pilots.