2020 Emerging Mobility Summit


April 28, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Emerging Mobility Summit was transitioned to a virtual half-day event featuring full panel sessions and short, issue briefs from mobility experts



1:00pm EST: Welcome – David Straus, Executive Director, ACT


1:10: Sponsor Spotlight:

Alex Gibson, Innovation Manager


1:15pm: Federal Research: Shifting Behavior and Increasing Vehicle Occupancy through Mobile Apps and Incentives
Vehicle occupancy is central to many TDM strategies. In an era of digital mobility, apps for ridesharing and social carpooling offer ever more opportunities for research and experimentation in practice. This panel explores recent research into price-, prize-, and time-based incentives for increasing vehicle occupancy in both on-demand ridehailing and social carpooling apps. Panelists represent both public sector research entities and private sector mobility providers. Panelists will cover a range of existing practices and theoretical frameworks related to the choice between private and shared rides for app-based travel.

Allen Greenberg, Senior Policy Analyst, FHWA
Scott Middleton, Planning and Research Analyst, EBP
Vassilis Papayannoulis, Ph.D, Vice President,  Metropia


2:00: Sponsor Spotlight:

Rick Steele, Founder & CEO


2:05: Issue Brief – The Next Evolution of TDM Planning
Katie O’Sullivan, Senior Transportation and Smart Mobility Specialist, ICF

As the scope of TDM planning expands beyond traditional congestion management to providing emerging mobility options, it is crucial for the planning process to reach a commensurately broad range of organizations encompassing the domains of equity, workforce and economic development, quality of life, public health, resilience, and technology. Using a variety of methods for stakeholder engagement and outreach provides a valuable foundation for partners to “buy in” to the planning process and eventually contribute to implementation of TDM initiatives. Regional TDM planning at the scale of the metropolitan planning area allows for inclusion of these diverse needs while coordinating activities, resources, and regulatory requirements of planning partners across federal, state, and local levels.


2:10pm: Sponsor Spotlight:

Mike Mangan, Vice President


2:15: Advancing Towards Mobility as a Service

Advancements in transportation technology and the development of new mobility services are bringing us ever closer to the goal of providing an integrated transportation system that incorporates all modes to efficiently and affordably move people to their destinations.  This session will discuss how the MaaS infrastructure is taking shape in other areas around the world, the role of data in this framework and incentivizing both private and public operators to provide mobility services that are socially equitable.

Courtney Ehrlichman, CEO, Ehrlichman Group
Santosh Mishra, Associate Director, Practice Lead – Mobility Technologies, IBI Group
Melissa McMahon, Transportation Research and Site Plan Development, Arlington County Department of Environmental Services


3:05: Issue Brief – Congestion Pricing
Maya Ben Dror, Future Mobility Lead, World Economic Forum

The path for reversing a car-centric urban space is challenging yet rewarding. Current applications and research demonstrate that effective pricing policies, although often face much objection and skepticism, can drive significant, positive impact in cities by reducing congestion, climate emissions and local air pollutants, and increasing the use of transit and active modes of transportation. It is important to design road pricing policies carefully and fit it to local contexts and through inclusion of stakeholders in order to enhance the economic, environmental and societal benefits and take full advantage of emerging new mobility technologies.


3:10: Sponsor Spotlight:

Sohier Hall, CEO
Kelly Hostetler, Director of Marketing


3:15: Fare Free Transit

Transit is a social service and there has been discussion across the United States regarding the value of providing free public transit service.  Questions remain, including how to make up the lost revenue and if free transit even makes sense without simultaneous improvements in frequency and reliability. As mobility being a human right as argued by many, providing free transit could be the catalyst towards equal access to jobs, services and recreation. Free public transit could be another tool towards combating climate change if to changes the habits of people who would otherwise drive to try a greener mode of transportation.


There are many communities that have implemented fare free transit:  Missoula, MT, Olympia, WA, Kansas City, MO, Chapel Hill, NC, Corvallis, OR as examples with Columbia, SC, Houston, TX, and Worcester, MA considering fare free transit services. Systems that have implemented fare free transit has seen ridership gains upwards of 200%, and it was not unusual for ridership to go up much higher than 50% in many cases before leveling off.  Additional ridership gains could lead to more federal funding to your urbanized area based on passenger miles traveled. As this debate continues, this session will discuss how fare-free transit developed in the United States, success stories of agencies that have implemented fare free transit (and where it tends to work best), how the loss revenue was covered and how to analyze and make the decision to go fare free.

John Andoh, Executive Director / CEO, Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority
Corey Aldridge, General Manager, Mountain Line (MUTD)
Joel Volinski, Public Transportation Consultant; Former Director, National Center for Transit Research at USF

Author of TCRP Synthesis Report #101: Implementation and Outcomes of Fare Free Transit Systems


4:15pm: Closing Remarks – David Straus, Executive Director, ACT

Thank You 2020 Sponsors