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2021 future of commuting summit

Today, Tomorrow and BEYOND...

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Agenda - All times in Eastern Time (ET)

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
Dr. Robert Hampshire, Acting Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, and Chief Science Officer, United States Department of Transportation

Robert Hampshire serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Policy, and Chief Science Officer. Hampshire was previously an associate professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He was also a research associate professor in both the U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and... Read More

12:00pm – 1:10pm: Scenario Planning for the Far and Near Future of Commuting 
We need to consider how the commute will change in the near and far term as a result of COVID. How will we adapt to the “new normal”? How do we handle the drive alone scenario in a hybrid work from home/work from the office scenario, how do we get commuters to use alternative solutions on office days, verses just hoping in their cars? What are employers doing to address this potential issue? Get perspective from different types of employers, service providers on how they will adopt and how they will advocate.
Brendon Harrington, Director, Transportation Real Estate & Workplace Services, Google
Dasha Clay, Transportation Supervisor, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Lloyd Nadal, Program Services Division Manager, Solano Transportation Authority
Moderator: Tyler Means, Senior Business Strategist, Transloc
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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. 
  • What are good incentives to encourage individuals to commute in other means besides driving alone in their personal vehicles? 
  • What is the process your company or organization is leaning towards to bring folks back to the office? Full remote (no office), hybrid situation or full-time back in the office? And what is the timeline for such decisions? 
  • For employers, how important is it to be flexible and nimble in how you structure commuting options for employees? 
  • How might employers best offer transportation solutions to their employees? Is it through traditional means like subsidized parking and transit passes, robust vanpool programs, or something more advanced, like a dedicated on-demand service for employees? 
  • What communications are you having with your employees/employers regarding their concerns and needs during the transition back to the office/worksite?   
  • What are the challenges/barriers you are facing or anticipate facing?  How do you plan to address these? 

1:45pm – 1:50pm: Break 

1:50pm - 1:55pm: Mark Melnyk, Starbucks, Employer Council Chair

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. 
  • What kinds of decisions or approvals do you or your organization rely on models for?  If none, have you thought about utilizing modeling? 
  • What are some indicators or additional information that you would like to add to your modeling process? Are there any changes that you have made or are trying to make to your modeling process, what’s your approach? 
  • What are some of the most effective tools or strategies you have used to communicate the modeling processes and associated jargon, or seen others use? 
  • What data has been the most useful? Where should I start in building a data library? 
  • How can you communicate the opportunity cost of parking? 

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
Cathal O’Gorman, Principal, Via Strategies

Danielle Kockman, Senior Regional Planner, San Diego Association of Governments

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










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