Nurture & propagate the next generation of transportation innovations
Federal research dollars should be used as the seed capital for next-generation infrastructure and practices, such as innovative financing tools and technologies that can improve efficiency of existing networks while reducing costs. With the federal ability to deploy effective solutions in communities across the country, a modest investment can deliver huge benefits and decrease the time it takes for innovative concepts to get to implementation nationwide. The next bill should:
Establish pilot grants for communities to conduct real-world testing of innovative practices and technological solutions.
Provide the technical assistance and training needed for the pilots to serve as models, should they succeed, for communities nationwide.