Transportation

Transportation should be safe, reliable, affordable, and convenient.

The difficulty with which people and cargo move around the region has a large impact on quality of life and economic productivity. Unfortunately, commute times are a major source of stress and productivity loss in Greater Washington. According to the Washingtonian, the area is currently the world’s 15th most congested metropolis, with commuters spending 61 hours a year stuck in traffic. We need a mix of safe, convenient, and clean transportation options.

Smart technology can make transportation more efficient and lower costs, and we must begin to lay the foundations to support next-generation technologies such as electric, autonomous, and aerial vehicles. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, a city of 5 million people (the Washington metropolitan area has roughly 6.1 million residents according to the 2016 U.S. Census) could reduce average commute times 15-20% by implementing smart solutions.

Board of Trade members will discuss these issues and more in a Tourism solution group, which will gear up in 2019. To get involved, contact George Longwell, Vice President of Engagement, and [email protected].

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