Getting to Know: Joseph Yawn, Atlanta Regional Commission

Posted: 06/25/2020
Category: Member Spotlight

Provide a brief background about you and your organization.

I started my transportation planning career in Hattiesburg, Mississippi with a small MPO housed under the City of Hattiesburg.  I later had an opportunity to transition to Atlanta with a software consulting firm to implement technology for public transit.  Both software consulting and local government provided opportunities to work in transportation planning and technology, but I have had few opportunities to work at the intersection of both.  Or at least, that was true until I found the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Mobility Service’s Team.  Now, I have an opportunity to do both and shape it through the lens of TDM.

What brought you to TDM/how did you get involved in the field?

I started TDM while working in local government in Mississippi.  Hattiesburg is a college town that is home to The University of Southern Mississippi along with some other large employers.  A few team members and I were building relationships with large employers to develop commute options, but we did not have a formal TDM program. ARC provided an opportunity to come into a well-established TDM program with Georgia Commute Options and focus on creating TDM strategies around emerging mobility.

Why did you get involved in ACT? What has been the most memorable moment of your experience in ACT?

My first and most memorable experience with ACT was attending the Emerging Mobility Summit in Austin last year.  While virtual conferences have been informative this year, I do appreciate meeting the TDM world in person, and I look forward to the day that we can do that again.

Within your work, what do you see as the future opportunities/challenges for TDM?

Though COVID-19 has temporarily disrupted some emerging mobility companies, I expect that many will evolve to a post COVID environment and continue bringing innovation to shape our transportation landscape.  Of course, that will continue to bring the same challenges and opportunities that we have seen from previous innovative technologies.  Some of those challenges can be avoided by bringing the private and public sector to the table together.  There are many TDM programs that are in a unique position to do just that.

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