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How do you plan to to improve access to public transportation and ensure its affordability?

True Equitable Mobility is Universal Freedom of Movement
For All transportation infrastructure updates, we need an Open-Source Citizen-Derived Solutions-Modelling Platform, so we can increase our probability of finding the Absolute Best solutions. It is incumbent upon us to create this system like a game of sorts, a IBM Watson/Google Maps/Sims/City-Builder game, that will allow ANY citizen to create a virtual simulation of how they would design solutions for our transportation infrastructure, and then model the outcomes using past, present, and any probable future traffic patterns. These designs can be uploaded publicly for our entire community to engage with them, revise and republish, and upvote their favorites. Artificial Intelligence, quantum computing, and hive-mind awareness will help us find the most desired outcomes more easily, and most effectively minimize risk by maximizing our probabilities of finding the absolute best solution available. Through a process of full-sovereignty consensus, the community will decide exactly the solution that works best.
Our transportation needs are quite straightforward. We need to build an advanced urban rail system that travels along every major street and has a dedicated, non obstructed lane of travel. In fact, our entire road system needs to rearranged to prioritize non-obstructed roadways for every mode of travel. We will likely need multi-level build-outs to accomplish this. The more dense the area vertically, the more appropriately this reflects in the transportation network. Branching out from the urban rail will be a network of busses or large pods for amounts of people down lesser travelled, still major roads. Then, once we get into the home areas, we have a network of neighborhood-dedicated autonomous shuttles that take people from their homes and to the larger transit stops, and vice versa. This entire system is 24 hours, because it meets the real-time needs of the ridership. It runs on magnetic new energy technology powered renewably, so there is essentially no cost (plus our regenerative profit-sharing industries can pay for any maintenance or update costs) after the initial investment. This system essentially makes the need for a car completely obsolete, because you can literally travel everywhere in the transit network. A key aspect of this is the advent of smarter roadway design, which allows for Constant-Flow Traffic. You can imagine this like an over-under-looping network of roadways that redefine intersections. There will be no more stopping, no more red lights, only smart and safe merging. One could drive their own car, but it would be in the best interest of safety that this personal vehicle yield its control to the autonomous communication network. (this system has NO deaths) This brings us to the most pressing concern of pedestrian and bike/scooter access. Of course, the ultimately TRUE walkability is when the roads become completely free for human walking, so there is literally never a chance of a person being hit by a car, bus, or train ever, because they are always shielded from the roads where these modes transport beings. Access points will only open when vehicles are stopped. Bikes will need to follow a dedicated path, most likely separate from scooters even. The biggest caveat to all of this is that each area of the city will require different needs, and nothing should be rigidly and universally applied everywhere.

We need to use advances in transportation technology to de-commodify public transportation for all locals.