Seattle, Wash. –

In an effort to guide the surge of new technology. A surge also that is rapidly transforming. For  transportation systems and cities across the world. For they are watching the Seattle Department of Transportation. All because they launched the New Mobility Playbook on Wednesday.

As transportation becomes increasingly shared, active, self-driving, electric, and data-driven, Seattle is also planning ahead. Especially to ensure that innovation contributes. All to a safe, equitable, sustainable city. Especially with a transportation system that serves everyone. The New Mobility Playbook includes a set of strategies. Those that will position Seattle to encourage and guide innovation in transportation technology. Thereby reorganizing our streets. All to grow healthy communities and vibrant public spaces. 

In an effort to guide the surge of new technology that is rapidly transforming transportation systems in cities across the world, the Seattle Department of Transportation launched the New Mobility Playbook on Wednesday.


At the Playbook’s core are five “plays”. All to structure SDOT’s approach to new technologies. Those that spur inventive and effective solutions.

Play 1:

Ensure new mobility delivers a fair and just transportation system for all

Play 2:

Enable safer, more active, and people-first uses. All of the public right-of-way.

Play 3:

Reorganize and retool SDOT to manage innovation and data

Play 4:

Build new information and data infrastructure so new services can “plug and play”

Play 5:

Anticipate, adapt to, and leverage innovative and disruptive transportation technologies


In addition to specific strategies for shaping the future of transportation. So the New Mobility Playbook includes a set of guiding principles. For it’s an assessment of current conditions, a preview of new mobility trends, and an evaluation of the potential upsides and downsides of new mobility.

“Seattle shares all-too-common transportation challenges, but innovators will benefit from reading this report and understanding the city’s unique priorities and vision for the future of mobility,” said Stonly Baptiste, partner at Urban Us Ventures, a venture fund for startups that are making cities better.

The New Mobility Playbook is online at newmobilityseattle.info.

A PDF version of the playbook, along with appendices and a one-page summary, is available for download: http://bit.ly/newmobilityPDFs


The New Mobility Playbook is a clear sign. One that helps cities to finally understand. Especially that must control their connected mobility destinies. That was said by Greg Lindsay. He is a Senior Fellow. All Mobility at the New Cities Foundation.

“Left to their own devices, new technologies, companies and services will never create a more responsive and equitable transportation system — cities play an invaluable role in guiding their development. It’s great to see Seattle DOT embracing the future and inviting entrepreneurs to work with it, on its own terms, rather than at cross-purposes.”

SDOT is seeking to partner with entrepreneurs, advocates, and creative thinkers to plan and implement programs, pilot projects, and services that support innovation and equity in Seattle. Anyone interested in working with the city to shape the future of transportation can sign up to receive updates at www.newmobilityseattle.info/join-us. To offer feedback on the New Mobility Playbook, visitors can publish comments on specific plays and strategies, or send an email to newmobility@seattle.gov.

Source: September 6, 2107, seattle.gov