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Crosscurrents

Six futuristic Bay Area transportation projects to get the green light

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Eli Wirtschafter
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A driverless shuttle like this one in San Ramon could pick up riders from the Dublin BART station

What if a bicyclist could turn a traffic light from red to green — just by having the right app in their pocket? Or what if a driverless car could take you to the hospital?

Those ideas could become a reality soon in the Bay Area. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is expected to spend $5 million on futuristic transportation tech: driverless shuttles and connected vehicles. The commission votes on the money tomorrow. KALW’s transportation reporter Eli Wirtschafter unpacked the plan with Crosscurrents host Hana Baba.

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Eli is the Program Director for KALW's project in state prisons. We teach incarcerated people how to record and edit audio stories, and air them as part of the series Uncuffed.