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Project Information

Project Information


Innovative Urban Mobility Services: Issues and Opportunities


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee will examine the growth and diversification of technology-enabled mobility services and explore the implications these services have for consumers and existing transportation services.  The study will identify policy, regulatory, and other issues and opportunities that policy makers will need to consider as they plan for and regulate these services, including the existing regulatory structure for taxi, limousine, and transit services.  Priority areas of research to inform public policy decisions will also be identified.

Status: Completed

PIN: TRB-SASP-14-01

Project Duration (months): 15 month(s)

RSO: Kortum, Katherine

Board(s)/Committee(s):

SASP

Topic(s):

Transportation and Infrastructure



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 06/10/2014

Brian D. Taylor - (Chair)
University of California, Los Angeles

Brian Taylor is Professor of Urban Planning, Director of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, and Director of Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He served as Chair of the Department of Urban Planning from 2008 to 2011. Previously, he was a member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a transportation planner with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission of Oakland, California. His research centers on transportation finance, politics and planning, and travel behavior. He has been a member of TRB policy study committees on equity implications of transportation finance mechanisms, on potential energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions from transportation, and on contracting out of transit services. He received TRB's 2001 Pyke Johnson award for the best paper submitted in transportation planning or administration. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Planning Association and Transport Policy and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association. He received a Ph.D. in urban planning from UCLA, M.C.P. and M.S. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. from UCLA.
Ryan Chin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ryan Chin is the managing director of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, and his research focuses on developing new urban systems for a connected world. He earned his doctorate by creating Mobility-on-Demand (MoD) Systems—a network of one-way, shared-use, lightweight electric vehicles (LEVs) enabled by electric charging infrastructure and smart fleet management systems. Under Dr. Chin's leadership, the Smart Cities research group developed a series of LEVs for MoD systems in collaboration with industry, including the CityCar (with GM), RoboScooter (with Sanyang Motors), and the GreenWheel Electric Bicycle (start-up in Taiwan). This research led to the group's first major publication, Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century. Dr. Chin has been a keynote speaker and panelist at conferences such as MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference (EmTech), TEDx, SIGGRAPH, Convergence, China Planning Network (CPN), MIT World, and Gridweek. He holds bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and architecture from the Catholic University of America, along with a Master of Architecture and a M.S. and Ph.D. in media arts and sciences from MIT.
Melanie Crotty
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Melanie Crotty is the director of the Travel Coordination and Information Section at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the regional transportation planning, finance and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked at MTC for 14 years. Her responsibilities include the delivery and operations of a variety of customer service projects, including the 511 traveler information program, the TransLink® transit smartcard program; the regional rideshare program; and the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) California testbed. Her group is also responsible for implementation of the Regional ITS Architecture, the regional marketing program, and regional transit connectivity services. Ms. Crotty currently serves on the ITS California Board of Directors and the USDOT VII Working Group. She holds an M.S. in transportation engineering and an M.A. in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in systems engineering from the University of Virginia.
Jennifer L. Dill
Portland State University

Jennifer Dill is an associate professor in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. She is also the assistant director of the Center for Urban Studies at PSU. Her research interests include transportation policy, travel behavior, transportation–land use interactions, and environmental aspects of transportation. Prior to joining Portland State, she worked as an instructor at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, as an environmental planner for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, a Research Director for the Local Government Commission in Sacramento, and as an environmental specialist for the U.S. EPA. She has written and presented dozens of papers and invited talks and has many research grants on livability, including a grant focused on peer-to-peer carsharing. She holds a B.S. in environmental policy analysis and planning from UC Davis, an M.A. in urban planning from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley.
Lester A. Hoel
University of Virginia

Lester Hoel, now retired, was the L.A. Lacy Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of Virginia, and was previously professor of civil engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His area of expertise is in the engineering planning and design of surface transportation infrastructure with emphasis on highway and transit systems. He co-authored the textbook Traffic and Highway Engineering and co-edited the text Public Transportation. His research contributions have dealt with infrastructure issues such as travel demand, advanced transit technology applications, design of public transportation terminals, transit maintenance facilities, scenic byways, toll facilities, airport access, and interstate trucking. Dr. Hoel received the Stanley Gustavson Award from the Highway Users Federation for contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the field of highway transportation; the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Frank Masters Award for outstanding contributions and leadership to urban and highway transportation research and education; and the ASCE James Laurie Prize for his sustained and outstanding contributions to the advancement of transportation engineering through his teaching, research, and service to professional societies. Dr. Hoel is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board and served as its Chairman in 1986. He also served as TRB’s Division Chair for NRC Oversight from 1995 to 2004. Dr. Hoel was appointed a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1989. He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Michael K. Manville
Cornell University

Michael Manville has two primary areas of interest: the relationship between transportation and land use, and local public finance. He studies the willingness of people and communities to finance different government services, and also studies the tendency of local governments to hide the costs of transportation in the property market. He is particularly interested in how land use restrictions intended to fight traffic congestion can influence the supply and price of housing. His research has been published in a variety of transportation and planning journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Urban Studies, and Transport Policy. In addition, Manville has advised local, state, and federal officials about transportation policy and has consulted with both developers and environmental organizations about land use regulation. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Steven E. Polzin
University of South Florida

Steven Polzin is the director of mobility policy research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida and is responsible for coordinating the Center's involvement in the University's educational program. Dr. Polzin carries out research in mobility analysis, public transportation, travel behavior, planning process development, and transportation decision-making. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Transportation and serves on several Transportation Research Board and American Public Transportation Association Committees. He recently completed several years of service on the board of directors of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (Tampa, Florida) and on the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization board of directors. Dr. Polzin worked for transit agencies in Chicago (RTA), Cleveland (GCRTA), and Dallas (DART) before joining the University of South Florida in 1988. Dr. Polzin holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Northwestern University.
Bruce Schaller
New York City Department of Transportation

Bruce Schaller is Deputy Commissioner for Traffic and Planning for the New York City Department of Transportation, a position he has held since January 2012. In this capacity, Mr. Schaller is responsible for the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible movement of people and goods on the City's streets. He is responsible for development and implementation of programs and projects to enhance the city’s bus, bike, pedestrian and truck networks, including the implementation of the transportation elements in Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC and key initiatives in DOT's Sustainable Streets Strategic Plan. He also oversees DOT’s art and urban design initiatives including liaison with the Public Design Commission, and clean fuel initiatives focused primarily on trucks, other commercial fleets, ferries and taxis/for-hire vehicles. From June 2007 through 2011, Mr. Schaller served as DOT’s first Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Sustainability, spearheading implementation of key PlaNYC initiatives including Select Bus Service (SBS), innovative parking pricing policies, public space planning including the DOT's Plaza Program; neighborhood planning studies; and publication of the Department's annual Sustainable Streets Index. Prior to his tenure at DOT, Mr. Schaller was Principal of Schaller Consulting. He consulted extensively for local governments, transit and airport authorities, university and non-profit organizations, for-profit companies and federal agencies on identifying transportation needs, developing effective transit programs, taxicab regulation, transit fare policy, road pricing, transportation finance, customer communications and bus rapid transit. Mr. Schaller has also served as Deputy Director for Marketing Research and Analysis at New York City Transit, where his work was instrumental in fare policy initiatives, expansion of the paratransit program, developing customer communications and design of new subway cars and buses, and as Director of Policy Development and Evaluation at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. He holds a M.A. in Public Policy from UC Berkeley and a B.A. from Oberlin College.
Susan Shaheen
University of California, Berkeley

Susan Shaheen is an adjunct professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. She is also co-director of UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies’ Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC). She served as the Policy and Behavioral Research Program Leader at California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways from 2003 to 2007, and as a special assistant to the Director’s Office of the California Department of Transportation from 2001 to 2004. She has worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., and as a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley. She has authored 50 journal articles, over 100 reports and proceedings articles, three book chapters, and co-edited one book. She has also served as a guest editor for Energies and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (IJST). Her research projects on carsharing, smart parking, and older mobility have received national awards, and she was the chair of the Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) from 2004 to 2011. In addition, she is a member of the National Academies’ Transit Research Analysis Committee and chair of the subcommittee on Shared-Use Vehicle Public Transport Systems of TRB. She holds an M.S. in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in ecology from UC Davis.
Daniel Sperling
University of California, Davis

Daniel Sperling is Professor at the University of California (UC), Davis, in the Departments of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy. He is also the founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis). He was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the California Air Resources Board in February 2007 and was co-director of California's Low Carbon Fuel Study. Dr. Sperling is recognized as a leading international expert on transportation technology assessment, energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and transportation policy, and he was recently honored as a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies. He is author or editor of 200 technical articles and 10 books. He advises senior executives of many automotive and energy companies and environmental groups and has testified many times to the US Congress and California Legislature on alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology. Dr. Sperling holds a B.S. in environmental engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in transportation engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Marzia Zafar
California Public Utility Commission

Marzia Zafar is currently the Director of Policy & Planning Division with the California Public Utilities Commission. PPD consists of a small group of policy analysts charged with identifying and analyzing utility industry issues, internal and external procedures, and interagency relationships that would not ordinarily be addressed by the CPUC’s industry divisions in their course of operations. PPD provides Commissioners, the Executive Director, and the Management Team with independent analysis and advice focusing on CPUC practices, procedures, issues, and policies. Marzia joined the Commission in June 2007 as Chief of Staff to Commissioner Simon. Most recently she managed the Commission’s Business & Community Outreach Branch. Marzia has been in the regulatory and energy industries for over sixteen years. She started her career with Southern California Gas Company as a cost accountant, then moved to regulatory case management where she focused on cases related to the energy crisis of 2000-2001, affiliate transactions, general rate cases, and also gas industry restructuring. Marzia is one of the Smart Grid team members at the Commission and wrote the first draft of the Smart Grid Rulemaking. She has been working in the Smart Grid team since its inception in 2008. She holds a B.A. in business from California State University, San Bernardino.
Susan Zielinski
University of Michigan

Susan Zielinski is managing director of Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation (SMART), a cross-disciplinary initiative at the University of Michigan that advances sustainable transportation systems in an urbanizing world. Just before joining SMART/CARSS, Susan spent a year as a Harvard Loeb Fellow focusing on New Mobility innovation and leadership. Prior to 2004, she co-founded and directed Moving the Economy (MTE), a Canada-wide “link tank” that works to catalyze and support sustainable urban transportation innovation as well as New Mobility industry development, an integrated industry approach developed at MTE. As a transportation planner for the City of Toronto, she worked for over 15 years developing and leading transportation and livability policies and initiatives. She has advised on a range of local, national, and international initiatives, including the National Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, Transport Canada’s Sustainable Development Advisory Committee, the Gridlock Panel of the Ontario Smart Growth Initiative, the OECD’s Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Project, the King of Sweden’s jury of the Stockholm Partnerships for Sustainable Cities, and the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT). She was also a long-time board member of Canada’s Center for Sustainable Transportation and founding board member of the Green Tourism Association. She holds a M.S. in environmental studies from York University.

Events



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Tim Devlin
Contact Email:  TDevlin@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3363

Agenda
This meeting will be entirely in closed session.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Katherine Kortum
Contact Email:  KKortum@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3123

Agenda
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5

10:30am
Katherine Kortum (staff) review of the existing research on innovative urban mobility topics

11:00
Susan Zielinski (committee member) presentation: “Beyond innovative services: Aggregation across the System and Policy and Business Model Implications,” followed by committee discussion

12:00pm
Lunch

1:00
Mike Pinckard (Total Transit) presentation on labor issues in the taxicab industry

2:30
Break

2:45
Data sharing discussion

4:30pm
End of open session
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Katherine Kortum
Contact Email:  kkortum@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3123

Agenda
Both days will be held in Room 208 of the Keck Center.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014

10:30am
Presentation on the federal perspective on new information and communications technologies by the FHWA Office of Transportation Policy Studies (Mary Lynne Tischer, Director, and Heather Rose, Transportation Futures Team Leader, FHWA)

11:00
Presentation on the connections between TNCs and transit by the American Public Transit Association (Art Guzzetti, Vice President of Policy, APTA)

12:00pm
Lunch

1:00
Presentation on a city council perspective on drafting TNC regulations (Honorable Sally Clark, Seattle City Council)

2:00
Discussion of the influence of new information and communications technologies and airport ground transportation (Stephanie Box, LeighFisher)

3:00
Break

3:15
Presentation of draft background paper on the state of the U.S. taxicab industry (Bruce Schaller, committee member)

4:30
Adjourn


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014

8:30am
Presentation of draft background paper on safety/security issues (Guy Fraker, get2Kno)

9:30
Presentation of draft background paper on the status of TNC regulations around the country (Susan Shaheen, committee member)

10:00
Presentation of draft background paper on TNCs and DUIs (Sirisha Kothuri, Portland State University)

10:30
Presentation on the latest California TNC data (Marzia Zafar, California Public Utilities Commission)

11:30
Adjourn open session
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Brian Taylor
Ryan Chin
Melanie Crotty
Jennifer Dill
Lester Hoel
Michael Manville
Steve Polzin
Bruce Schaller
Susan Shaheen
Daniel Sperling
Marzia Zafar
Susan Zielinski

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

report structure and preliminary thoughts on findings, conclusions, and recommendations

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
October 17, 2014
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Katherine Kortum
Contact Email:  kkortum@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3123

Agenda
MONDAY, JUNE 30

10:30am
Transportation Network Company panel
--Ashwini Chhabra, Policy Development and Stakeholder Engagement, Uber
--Emily Castor, Director of Community Relations, Lyft

12:00pm
Lunch

1:00
Data and Innovations panel
--Steve Carroll, Vice President of Operations, RideScout
--Ron Milam, Principal, Fehr & Peers
--Walter Rosenkranz, West Coast Business Development Manager, car2go

2:45
Break

3:00
Regulatory panel
--Matthew Daus, President, International Association of Transport Regulators
--Marco Soto, Vice President Public Affairs, LA Yellow Cab (on behalf of the Taxi, Limousine, & Paratransit Association)

4:45
Open session adjourns


TUESDAY, JULY 1

8:30
Insurance panel
--Kevin Frederick, Associate General Counsel and director of Public Policy Resource Group, State Farm
--Joel Laucher, Rate Regulation, California Department of Insurance (by videoconference)
--Ryan Morrison, CEO, True Mileage, Inc.

10:15
Open session adjourns
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Brian Taylor
Ryan Chin
Melanie Crotty
Jennifer Dill
Michael Manville
Steve Polzin
Bruce Schaller
Susan Shaheen
Daniel Sperling
Marzia Zafar
Susan Zielinski

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

preparations for next meeting, initial thoughts on report structure

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 01, 2014
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications