New Mobility and Municipal Budgets: Planning for the Future

APA Oregon Chapter


Thursday, May 9, 2019, 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 9, 2019, 5 p.m. PDT

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Autonomous and electric vehicles have the potential to improve safety, provide mobility, increase road capacity and lower emissions. But autonomous and electric vehicles pose challenges for many facets of local government administration including revenue generation. Traditional sources of transportation funding like gasoline taxes and registration fees may decline as new modes of mobility are adopted. To date, there has been limited analysis of the impacts of autonomous and electric vehicles on transportation revenues. Research at the University of Oregon has focused on how transportation funding may be affected in Gresham and Eugene, and proposed innovative funding options for filling the gap in funding. Pew Charitable Trusts focuses on state and municipal health. This panel includes researchers from University of Oregon and Pew Charitable Trusts and city staff from Gresham and Eugene. We plan to bring together researchers and city staff for a hands on presentation about how city budgets may be affected by new mobility. We will analyze issues and propose solutions.

Learning objectives:

1. In this session, participants will be able to understand how transportation technology may affect city budgets. 

2. In this session, participants will be able to understand possible revenue options for a new mobility future. 

3. In this session, participants will be able to understand how autonomous vehicles and new mobility affect state and municipal fiscal health. 

4. In this session, participants will be able to understand how cities are working with city councils to plan for long term budgetary impacts of new mobility.


Benjamin Clark, PhD

Confirmed Speaker

Benjamin Y. Clark specializes in municipal government management. His research examines how technology can be used to improve city management (smart city technology) and how cities need to be planning for future innovations (autonomous vehicles). He has expertise in local budgeting and finance and has been an Executive Committee member ... Read More

Katherine Kelly, AICP

Confirmed Speaker


Mary Murphy

Confirmed Speaker

Mary Murphy directs Pew's work on states' fiscal policy, which helps policymakers identify and implement effective fiscal management strategies. She leads research and outreach to state and local policymakers on a range of issues, including strategies to manage volatility, stabilize budgets, manage long-term debt effectively, and strengthen local governments ... Read More

Chris Henry, PE

Confirmed Speaker

Chris Henry is a native Oregonian, graduate of Oregon State University, and Licensed Professional Engineer with the City of Eugene Department of Public Works. He has been working on community transportation issues for over 23 years. In his spare time, Chris can be found exploring rural and forest roads across ... Read More

Rebecca Lewis

Confirmed Speaker

Rebecca Lewis (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor in Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon and a Faculty Affiliate at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland. She currently serves as the Research Director for the Sustainable Cities Initiative ... Read More

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