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Self-driving cars are likely in our future, but how soon will they be there? Outdate infrastructure won't help hurry them along. Turns out programs that use data to predict crimes reflect prejudice and racism. Tech companies can curb congestion and promote sustainability by locating next to transit. Check out what’s happening around the country in transportation, land use, and other related areas!

Want autonomous vehicles sooner? Update your infrastructure: The technology for autonomous vehicles is coming fast, with new innovations seemingly revealed each week. One problem, however, is that many of these vehicles depend on up-to-date infrastructure and safety markings to guide their path. If we can't keep lanes painted, the future is likely to be delayed. (Salon)

The police data is biased: Predictive policing tries to show where crimes might happen in the future. It seems like a great idea until you see that the underlying data is biased because of decades of existing cultural prejudices and systemic racism. To prove this point, a team from The New Inquiry built its own predictive policing program and used existing white collar crime data to determine that midtown Manhattan and the financial district were criminal hotbeds. (Fast Company Design)

Fighting tech employment sprawl with transit: Suburban campuses have become a staple of Silicon Valley's growth over the last few decades. Unfortunately that trend has led to even more traffic and less certainty in the commute. A new report by Bay Area advocacy group SPUR says more tech companies should locate near transit lines to stem the growth of traffic and support more sustainable transportation options. (Governing Magazine)

Public private partnerships (PPPs) have big pros and cons: Transportation and infrastructure projects that governments and private companies collaborate to fund often seem like safe bets for pension funds. They’re also boons to governments that don't have the political will to make hard choices about funding. But these arrangements come with several known problems, two big ones being that they often include tolls, which people don’t like, and that political interests can change during projects. (Economist)

Nashville Mayor signals future election for light rail: Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has indicated that an election is on the horizon to approve transit expansion in the region that includes light rail. The first transit corridor slated for construction, if approved by voters, would be along the most heavily traveled bus route running in dedicated lanes. (Tennessean)

Quote of the Week

“We're not making a city policy argument here. We're being very blunt about maybe the only thing that will make this city run better—around three times as many people need to bike for our planning to make sense.”

- Matthew Korfhage in the Willamette Week discussing Portland's transportation future