Technology and Innovation

Technology is driving the future of transportation. JTA is working to capture the potential of new and emerging technologies to improve safety and make service more efficient, effective and responsive to customer demands. The Authority will also be developing alternative service delivery opportunities associated with the development of shared mobility solutions. The Skyway, as envisioned under the U2C program, will be a defining program for the Authority and the transit industry.

  1. The U2C program involves the Skyway Modernization and Expansion. The U2C program was established following the findings of a Skyway Technology Assessment, Skyway Advisory Group and a 2015 Board resolution recommending the JTA “Keep, Modernize and Expand” the Skyway. The U2C proposes retrofitting the existing elevated structure to accommodate next generation autonomous transit vehicles that can operate elevated or at ground level. The system would also be expanded primarily at ground level to reach nearby neighborhoods, emerging development and the Sports and Entertainment District. As the new system is developed, certain critical system upgrades need to be completed in the short term to keep the system in a state of good repair.
  2. The JTA is developing approaches to respond to the changing mobility marketplace and introduce Alternative and Innovative Service Delivery methods to attract riders and control costs. The Authority is experimenting with taxis and sponsored services, while longer-range strategies consider autonomous vehicles and micro transit. An Autonomous Vehicle and Shared Mobility Plan will help guide this effort and outline a plan for pilot projects, present policy considerations and offer a transition strategy to new service delivery options.
  3. The Strategic Technology Plan is a fundamental building block for future success. The plan sets forth the framework for technology enhancements that address system performance, safety and customer interfaces. An enhanced Cybersecurity effort will be critical as we become more dependent on technology and vulnerable to malicious acts against our systems. The advancement of new technologies, especially autonomous vehicles will be closely tied to the Alternative and Innovative Service Delivery initiative and could define the future of transportation sooner than many expect.