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Commentary: Only transit investment not tech hype can solve Gwinnett s transportation woes

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Home News & Opinion Commentary Commentary: Only transit investment--not tech hype--can solve Gwinnett's transportation woes

An automated vehicle specialist defends the need for conventional rail and bus service.

As Gwinnett County prepares to vote on a potentially transformational expansion of its transit system, skeptics are turning to a number of familiar anti-transit arguments to justify their opposition. In particular, some have bought into to the promise of emerging transportation technologies as privately-financed alternatives to public investment in new rail, bus, and vanpool service.

Over the past decade, many metropolitan areas across the United States have increased transit funding and supported denser land-use to fight congestion and increase economic competitiveness. Nonetheless, in communities like Gwinnett's around the nation, we've also seen Uber, automated vehicles, hyperloop, and even flying cars offered as reasons not to commit to long-term transit planning. These expectations are ...

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