Second Best ROI: ITS

For the last month or so I’ve been banging the drum that cycling is the absolute best return on investment for transportation dollars (and Thank You! Portland City Council for adopting the Bicycle Plan for 2030). So what comes after that?

I think Intelligent Transportation Systems are a good candidate for next highest Return on Investment. The Daily Journal of Commerce details some of Portland’s efforts and aspirations in this area.

The basic idea is pretty simple and pretty smart – instead of investing in concrete and asphalt to expand capacity for mobility, work the existing system smarter to produce more effective capacity out on the street. Signals, sensors and communications are a lot cheaper than building new lanes…

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