Next OS

The Next Operating System (OS) is the “brain” of the entire transportation system. It connects and integrates different modes of transportation – passenger vehicles, buses, ride-sharing vehicles, delivery trucks, autonomous vehicles, bikes and scooters, and more – to improve overall efficiency and accessibility for people and goods to move throughout the region. The Next OS is a digital platform that will connect transportation infrastructure to provide a real-time view of supply and demand. This coordinated transportation network will enable people to move around the region with more sustainable and lower cost travel options.

The Next OS will optimize the existing transportation system by turning data from smart infrastructure and public and private sources into actionable information that enables local agency operators to orchestrate best use of the entire system. The full realization of the Next OS includes all modes of transportation, the infrastructure they move on, and policies that ensure the 5 Big Moves work together to deliver seamless multimodal travel.

As the capstone of the 5 Big Moves, the Next OS works best when applied systemwide to orchestrate and support Complete Corridors, Transit Leap, Mobility Hubs, and Flexible Fleets. The Next OS will enable the transportation system to adapt to changing conditions in real-time, thereby creating the best travel experience regardless of the transportation mode.

Download an informational flier about the Next OS (English | Español).
View the 5 Big Moves glossary of terms (English | Español). 

Next OS Webinar

On Wednesday, August 21, 2019 SANDAG hosted a webinar with Scott Corwin of Deloitte and Mandy Bishop of Smart Columbus. View the webinar recording and learn about the Next Operating System (OS), a digital platform that functions as the brain of the entire transportation system to connect smart infrastructure and different modes of transportation. The Next OS will turn data into real-time actionable information for transportation operators and travelers. Closed captions are available in English and Spanish. 

View responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from this webinar and learn more about the 5 Big Moves webinar series.

Next OS


  • Transportation systems management and operations
    A comprehensive platform for local agencies to improve management of infrastructure and fleets to support active transportation and demand management, smart intersections, smart parking, congestion pricing, and curb management.

  • Mobility management
    Local agencies will be able to manage travel demand by seamlessly identifying and responding to travel needs, and the region’s residents and visitors will be able to use a mobile app to discover, plan, book, and pay for multimodal travel.

  • Data exchange and mobility marketplace
    The “brain” will manage the region’s transportation system, using data analytics to evaluate travel patterns and provide recommendations to people and local agency operators. The entire transportation system – traffic signals, roadway speeds, routing, pricing, passenger vehicles, service providers, and even bikes – will be optimized to handle transactions and offer incentives to better balance supply and demand in real-time, while serving up more transportation choices for people and freight delivery services.


Anticipated Benefits

  • Seamless transportation

    By increasing the ability to allow existing transportation systems and modes to work together, local agencies can jointly coordinate the operations of systems across jurisdictional boundaries to maximize the overall system performance and improve the travel experience for all users, providing greater accessibility, more choices, and reduced costs.

  • Efficient management

    When local agencies are able to optimize their systems, they will gain insight about transportation issues people face, the ability to pinpoint hotspots, identify problems, and deploy responsive resources more efficiently. With visibility into market use and demand, private operators – like package delivery companies or ridehailing services – will be able to make adjustments in real-time to get the most out of their fleets, cutting down on waste and reducing miles traveled.

  • Convenient and affordable transportation

    The seamless integration of all modes of transportation and an integrated app for trip planning, booking, and payment will make it easier for people to get around without a car. Seamless mobility could reduce average trip time by 10%and cost by 25-30% per trip.

  • Reliable transportation

    Integrated transit services that are managed to improve transfer connections and provide the public with accurate information will make transit more reliable and user-friendly. Passenger vehicles and fleet operators can plan more reliable trips due to benefits from travel-time savings resulting from pricing the use of the system as a means of managing congestion. Some of the proceeds of pricing the system could support incentives for people who make personal choices or trade-offs between convenience, time, cost, and other factors to help balance use of the system.

  • Integrated payment
    Consolidating payment across all transportation services will allow for a comprehensive platform for pricing the transportation system.

Success Stories and Related Links

  • In Finland, the City of Helsinki implemented the world’s first integrated app for commuters to access trip choices and pay for their trips. Since implementation in2016, Helsinki’s public transportation agency has provided 375 million trips through the Whim app.

  • As part of the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City initiative, the City of Denver launched its SMARTCITY Program that integrates data across several county and local city departments and services to better connect consumers with public services, bridging people with services, goods, travel choices, and information through technology.