“Among all the marvels of modern invention, that with which I am most concerned is, of course, air transportation. Flying is perhaps the most dramatic of recent scientific attainment. In the brief span of thirty-odd years, the world has seen an inventor’s dream first materialized by the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk become an everyday actuality.” – Amelia Earhart
We have seen many changes in transportation in the past couple of centuries. In the middle of the 1800s, dirt roads were being built in parts of our nation and boats were used to travel along canals. In those days, boats were the traditional mode of long-distance travel, but there were no waterways that stretched across our country.
The American railroad system began and in time became the most popular form of land transportation in the United States. This mode of transportation impacted business, allowing people to more easily move goods between cities.
In the past century, we have continued to see technology impact transportation. In the first two decades of the 20th century, the first airship, or dirigible balloon, was successfully launched, the first motor-driven airplane was flown, and diesel engine-driven ships were launched. The assembly line method of automobile manufacturing was developed, which brought the time to build one car from 12 hours to 30 minutes — making vehicles more affordable. This technology ushered in the era of an automobile for everyone.
We continue to see the way technology is rapidly changing how we move about from one place to another. Whether it’s for recreational or business purposes, again we’re seeking to make it easier for people and goods to move between cities, even though the reason behind it is completely different today.
In this issue you’ll read about everything from the expansion of high-speed rail, connecting more cities across the state, to innovation in autonomous and electric vehicles, which is changing the face of public transportation.
Innovation and collaboration are key components to creating the solutions needed. It’s great to see the efforts being made throughout the community, looking toward the future and seeing these innovations becoming actualities still today.