In our latest outlook on the transportation industry, we assess three key areas that we need to consider when designing, building and maintaining mobility infrastructure and assets.
Mobility that stands the test of time
This theme explores the approach to designing, building and maintaining infrastructure and assets. Across different mobility modes — rail, roads, highways and airports — we must determine whether we should replace or renovate assets. During that process, we take into consideration sustainability and how organizations are set up to be resilient to events resulting from climate or natural occurrences, societal and economic changes.
A lot has been said about COVID-19 and how it disrupted services and affected user travel behavior. However, there are a multitude of events that can occur and disrupt mobility operations that we need to consider. These could be cyber-attacks, power outages, major sporting events like the Olympics, war, inflation or recessions. Under this pillar, we explore how to plan investments in infrastructure and assets that will allow business flexibility and enable continual operational success.
Mobility that can cope with environmental changes
In certain parts of the world, there is increased risk of natural disasters. However, extreme weather events related to temperature and precipitation are becoming a regular occurrence, and their effects are unpredictable. Do we replace, do we renovate and how much priority are these environmental changes given in new infrastructure?