Entries by Robert Colton Wirtz

Expanding Water Transportation to Open Up the Seaport District

With some of America’s most congested cities situated on waterways, using water taxis and ferries to transport commuters seems a no brainer. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s 2019 Better Government Competition submission highlighted the benefits of this transit mode, using their North Station Seaport Ferry Service as a case study. The Seaport District is one […]

Testing the Future of Autonomous Public Transit

With the country’s transportation infrastructure in dire need of an upgrade and congestion on the rise in most major cities, transportation and transit agencies have an  opportunity to make significant investments in cutting-edge, vehicle-to-infrastructure technology in order to vastly improve mobility. The progress made over the last decade in the realm of autonomous vehicles and […]

Transportation Investment, Powered by Cryptocurrency

Technology’s ability to radically reform the way industry and society operates has touched almost every area of our lives. During this year’s Better Government Competition (BGC), numerous groundbreaking transportation policy alternatives were submitted that leveraged the power of technology to propose solutions and programs previously considered impossible. Some of our most innovative “tech” entries drew […]

Making Fare Collection Fair

How should we fund transit? Who should pay, and how much? Among politicians and citizens alike, any discussion involving fares is almost guaranteed to invoke heated debate and strong opinions on all sides. The level fares are set at, the manner in which they are paid and the speed at which they rise are all […]

A New Era In Transportation Investment

The image above is a rendering of the new San Francisco Salesforce Transbay Transit Center, construction was funded by Salesforce.com Inc (California High-Speed Rail Authority’s sustainability report) There are few forces in the history of the United States that are as impactful as transportation. Even from the earliest days of the Republic, leading politicians such […]