The Future Is Speeding Toward Us: Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

APA Massachusetts Chapter


Thursday, May 18, 2017
10:45 a.m. - noon EDT

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Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are already being tested in the Boston Seaport District. AVs will bring the most significant transformation in ground mobility since autos began replacing horses a century ago. What are the land use implications for Metro Boston and beyond? Less incentive to create dense, walkable urban places because traffic jams are easier to tolerate? Or a way to make density more sustainable through reduced traffic and parking needs? Planning for AVs can help us choose the outcomes we want.

Learning objectives for session:

1) Hear the latest data on the impact of autonomous vehicles.

2) Find out about the risks and benefits to this transformation in transportation.

3) Hear about the impact this may have on the incentive to create dense, walkable neighborhoods.

4) Learn best practices for incorporating active transportation thinking into infrastructure planning and implementation.


Sarah Barnat

Sarah Barnat founded Barnat Development LLC in 2015 as a full-service real estate development, consulting, and brokerage company for large-scale mixed-use and multifamily projects. She is the project director for the Corcoran-SunCal joint venture redevelopment of the Charlestown Public Housing Complex. Ms. Barnat has successfully developed eleven high-profile, transformative projects ... Read More

Bradley Rawson

Brad Rawson is a Senior Planner at the City of Somerville, Massachusetts, working in Mayor Joe Curtatone's Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development. Brad is responsible for managing public process, plan writing, implementation and performance evaluation around the City's adopted Comprehensive Plan, as well as a series of ... Read More

Amy Korte

Amy Korte, Principal, leads the design of much of Arrowstreet’s residential work and has played a key role in orchestrating the firm’s large-scale mixed-use and commercial projects in Boston, Cambridge, Worcester, and Revere. Her multi-disciplinary background in environmental design, retail design, and development allows her to deliver creative ... Read More

Marc Draisen

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