I will preface this thread noting that I am not a trained transportation planner or even an urban planner. My background is as a builder/developer of commercial real estate. However, I sit on the regional transportation authority board for a larger urban area with relatively little existing mass transit infrastructure in place. I have lived in major urban areas like NYC and DC; regularly using mass transit there. But now as I sit looking at a relatively clean slate while planning for 2035 and beyond, I question whether the spending of massive amounts of money to install a transit system essentially based on 100+ year old technology is the right way to go. At the same time watching my kids effectively telecommute, via XBox or the like, to the "army" we played in back yards as kids with all of your friends running around and covering your back but talking on mics and the like that we never could have dreamed of!
With that background in mind, I am interested in finding studies, writings, textbooks, etc that discuss future visions of "transportation" or "planning" that assesses the future impacts of technology on urban transit. I think of things like the literal virtual office to totally avoid commutes or the installation of infrastructure technologies which supports increased traffic flow on managed roadways and "self driving" vehicles.
Any thoughts on accessing thoughtful visions for transportation through the next 50 years?