Sean Auth

Transportation planning and energy costs

Perhaps the advent of self-driving cars could open up a new business model for rural communities.

An autonomous taxi service offered or subsidized by the Agency of Transportation could provide a stopgap for elderly and isolated members of the rural community.

The car itself could service multiple towns in a wide radius, and community ownership could roll the cost of ownership into the town or county budget - much like existing bus routes, but much more flexible, and on an ad-hoc basis, allowing for unprecedented flexibility without the costs associated with cab services.

As far as cycling infrastructure is concerned, southern Vermont in particular has a few hurdles: topography, infrastructure, and climate.

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