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2021 future of commuting summit

Today, Tomorrow and BEYOND...

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Agenda

11:30 – 11:45am: Networking Meetup!
Grab a cup of coffee and network with other attendees LIVE in attendance. 


11:45am – 12:00pm: Welcome Address

12:00pm – 1:10pm: Scenario Planning for the Far and Near Future of Commuting 
Brendon Harrington, Google 
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1:15pm – 1:45pm: Facilitated Roundtable Discussion
After the first session, you will be placed at random in simultaneous discussion groups, facilitated by subject matter experts on the panel session you just watched with the goal of identifying new insights, opportunities, and solutions to further the advancement of TDM and improve overall future of commuting. Each table will have 7 attendees participating in in-depth conversation for 30 minutes. 
 

1:45pm – 1:55pm: Break 

1:55pm – 3:05pm: Outcome Not Guaranteed
Even when transportation policy decisions are guided by data and research, professionals often find the need to pivot in the process of program implementation. Clients and institutions often focus on modeling projected demand, but models have shortcomings, making iterative approaches necessary. The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the extent to which travel behaviors can change in unexpected ways and amplified shortcomings in traditional approaches to projecting demand. It has also underscored the need for nimble responses from both the private and public sectors, and the importance of creating resilient programs that can be tweaked as more evidence emerges or circumstances (such as a pandemic) upend collective travel behavior and established norms around commuting, parking demand, and transportation. Three professionals, from government, consulting, and university administration, reflect on the ways in which they have used 2020 to reset their approach to transportation demand management. This session focuses on creating opportunities within large organizations: first, to implement robust transportation programs, and second, to iterate those programs based on evidence gathered in the process of implementation. We will do this by discussing ways to interrogate and understand the pros and cons of traditional transportation modeling, along with ways to ensure that, when models are used, they are considered along with a broad toolkit. The presentation will address the line that transportation planners must straddle: policies both serve existing and anticipated while simultaneously dictating future behaviors with economic, climate, and public health impacts. Using a variety of tools to make and communicate decisions allows policymakers across the transportation world (in public, private and institutional contexts) to better understand the potential outcomes associated with any particular policy, to understand the variables that dictate success or failure, and to iterate policies to ensure that transportation policies and programs hew to the original intent.
 
Frances C. Ritchie, MCP, Assistant Director for Urban Development, University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)
Jane Wilberding, AICP, Senior Transportation + Parking Planner, Sam Schwartz
Lindsay Bayley, Senior Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
 
3:05pm – 3:35pm: Facilitated Roundtable Discussion
After the second panel session, you will be placed at another random simultaneous discussion group, facilitated by subject matter experts on the panel session you just watched with the goal of identifying new insights, opportunities, and solutions to further the advancement of TDM and improve overall future of commuting. Each table will have 7 attendees participating in in-depth conversation for 30 minutes. 
 
3:40 – 4:50pm: Leveraging Innovation to Support “People First” Mobility Solutions 
The future of mobility is happening now with the ongoing deployment of automated and connected vehicles, microtransit through demand responsive platforms, and dockless micromobility. However, in order to capture the true opportunities around emerging transportation technologies, a policy framework to support smart mobility is needed. Any policy framework should identify existing transportation gaps and incentivize the deployment of new mobility options in a solution and partnership oriented manner.
 
Through a lens of enhancing mobility and economic opportunity via access to jobs for all citizens within our communities, this session will provide a pragmatic, solution-oriented, and forward-thinking discussion on planning for and enacting policy foundations to prioritize a people and equity focused approach towards the integration of transportation technologies into communities safely and effectively.
 
Greg Rodriguez, Mobility Policy Principal, Stantec 
Antoinette Meier, San Diego Association of Governments 
Melanie Ward, City of Centennial, CO
Dan Berkovits, Via   
 

4:50 – 5:15pm: Final Thoughts – Wrap Up Discussion 

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