DCST issues RFP for a study of autonomous vehicles’ impact on DC

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How will autonomous vehicles affect the District of Columbia and the Washington region? The 2019 DC budget funds "a study which evaluates and makes recommendations around the impact of autonomous vehicles (AVs) on the District," which DCST is coordinating in partnership with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).

DCST is now seeking a contractor or team of contractors to prepare this study by July 1, 2019. The project team’s goals for this study are to develop scenarios and perform analysis to understand current trends and inform the speculative conversation about the future of shared and private mobility as technology advances. We hope to identify short and long term actions the public sector should take to maximize the positive potential effects of AVs and minimize negative impacts.

You can read the full RFP here. Interested firms or teams of firms should send a proposal by September 24, 2018. Further information will be posted on the study page.

David Alpert is Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST) and founder of Greater Greater Washington. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle.