How technology is helping to manage traffic.

It is a transformative time in transportation as new technologies become available.

People call rides from Uber and Lyft services.

Autonomous vehicles are being tested.

And technology and pricing can be used to better manage traffic.

“We are essentially at a tipping point where cities and towns are really more willing to rethink the way we have been getting around,” said Anne Brown, assistant professor of planning, public order and management at the University of Oregon.

Here is a look into the future:

Manage traffic better

Decades of research have shown communities cannot work their way out of congestion, Brown said.

Some commuters will choose to avoid crowded streets, use transit or an alternative route, or travel at a different time of the day when traffic is not as heavy.

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