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CATES -- Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy
Solutions -- is a
non-profit research & development organization based in Western
Washington State. Our mantra is at the top of this page: "Research,
Educate, Integrate, and Accelerate." There are many diverse
threads to integrate!
CATES is examining the status of mobility
around the Puget Sound region and how to improve efficiency of movement with
several kinds of technology-based solutions.
We are impressed with the potential for environmental improvement from a
new generation of electric vehicles (EVs) of all sizes, but mostly small,
with computerized communications built in for traveler information about
road conditions, vehicle status, and location of battery recharging
stations. There is also great potential for shared-ride HOVs to be an
important type of EV.
We are also impressed with the potential safety and
congestion-reduction potential in adding computerization, wireless
communications, and sensors to road vehicles, including public transit.
As we told Seattle Magazine,
Our region needs to take advantage of its mostly
carbon-free electric power, a growing network of electric vehicle charging
stations, and its strong information technology industry.
Today, Washington State imports all its oil, costing over $15 billion a
year and damaging economic vitality, national security, and the
environment. Because anytime, anywhere personal mobility is critical for
employment opportunity and commerce, all government forecasts show cars
providing the overwhelming share of future regional travel.
Powered with domestic electricity instead of foreign oil – and with
in-car, smart guidance for drivers – cars can efficiently reach reserved
spaces at park-and-ride mobility hubs providing battery recharging and
transit access to urban centers.
Road use fees with off-peak discounts collected electronically on busy
highways would compensate for falling fuel tax collections while keeping
cars and transit moving smoothly. In-car electronics would provide lane
keeping and automatic braking to prevent collisions and associated traffic
As a first step in the
IA we at CATES assembled a
Knowledge Base of documents to inform the construction of
scenarios for the transformation of transportation. We asked
regional stakeholders and national subject matter experts to help us
refine and choose the most desirable of these scenarios for Washington
State civic interests and national leadership to pursue.
Following the definition of a preferred scenario, we have conversed with regional
and national stakeholders to help us evaluate the costs and benefits of
alternative investments intended to accelerate adoption of this scenario.
Our work and scenarios are consistent with existing planning processes
and decisions of Puget Sound Regional Council, Thurston Regional Planning
Council, State of Washington, and the U.S. Government on all matters
within our project scope. Motorized road transit and HOV such as buses,
vanpools, carpools, private employee shuttles, and taxicabs are within our
scope, as well as the future of the automobile generally.
As shown in the following chart depicting data from a sample of 6,000
households in the central Puget Sound region, the travel mode share in the
Seattle-Tacoma metro area is dominated by motor vehicle use, so the
importance of public and private policy to make cars be safer and generate
lower emissions gives impetus to the focus of CATES:
We are also consistent in the integrated assessment with existing
approved plans on issues outside of our project scope such as land use
pattern/density, non-motorized transportation modes, passenger railroad
modes, water ferries, and aviation.