The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) provided comments applauding DOT for issuing a multimodal framework for new automated technologies and urging DOT to clarify and address a number of areas including: cybersecurity, accessibility and federal procurement.
“The public transportation industry has witnessed many changes over the last several years and is poised to embrace technology-driven mobility solutions to continue to efficiently meet passengers’ needs and expectations,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas.
Responding to Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0, APTA wrote, “AV 3.0 provides a framework for dealing with cybersecurity and customer privacy issues, allowing for innovation. However, DOT should also consider cybersecurity risks for infrastructure such as signals, traffic management centers, and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and help fund necessary upgrades.
“Furthermore, the DOT should continue to seek the views of persons with disabilities on issues related to AV deployment as different abilities require different accommodations. If the operators must push a button to deploy a ramp on a bus, how would such an action occur in the absence of an operator?
APTA would like DOT to clarify and update “federal guidance on procurement policies and Buy America compliance” if AV technology is not available through domestic manufacturers.
Additionally, APTA is encouraging DOT to “nurture innovation through pilot programs that will enable transit agencies to learn from the testing and deployment of emerging AV technologies and practices. Such pilot programs could include various types of public-private partnerships; public-feedback mechanisms; safety management plans; architecture for data storage, management and analysis; and performance metrics.”
“Finally, APTA notes that the focus of the AV 3.0 document is rightfully focused on safety. However, the ultimate policy vision must consider a broader set of outcomes that could come from vehicle automation. A policy framework needs to be in place so the emerging transportation system will lay the foundation for communities and regions that are not only safe, but also economically vibrant, energy efficient, and providing citizens opportunity and quality of life.”
To read APTA’s AV 3.0 comments in full, click here
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organization which represent a $68 billion industry that directly employs 420,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.