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The Role of Public Transportation and Mobility Management in an Era of New and Expanding Shared Mobility Options

Project Scope:

The study committee will examine the role of new and expanding shared mobility options such as transportation network companies, taxis, carsharing, bikesharing, scootersharing, and microtransit in the provision of transportation services as part of regional transportation systems, and specifically the relationship to and impact of these services on existing public transportation operators. The committee will examine what steps public transportation operators could take to make these new services complementary to, rather than competitive with, public transportation, and what role public transportation agencies could play in becoming mobility managers in this changing mobility landscape. The committee will specifically examine ways that public transportation agencies have partnered with the new mobility providers both in the United States and abroad. 

The evolving concept of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) will be reviewed, together with public transportation's role in MaaS. Although there are many definitions for MaaS almost all examples include two elements:  (1) a single account that is used to access and pay for a range of public and private travel options across multiple modes, and (2) a real time journey planner that provides information on what multi-modal travel options are available to go from origin to destination, so the traveler can choose which option best needs their travel time and cost requirements.

Based on United States and international experience and research, the committee will examine policy issues for government at all levels and for public transportation agencies specifically as a result of this the new MaaS paradigm. The committee will consider possible recommendations regarding these policy issues that may include, but not be limited to, the need for subsidies and regulatory changes, equitable access, service quality and safety standards, data sharing policies, and assurances of user privacy and data security.
As part of its information-gathering efforts to produce a final consensus report, the committee may organize and hold a public workshop on international experience with mobility partnerships and management services. The committee will have the option of producing a report that summarizes the proceedings of this international workshop as an interim product in advance of, and to inform, the development of its consensus report. 

Status: Current


Project Duration (months): 21 month(s)

RSO: Kortum, Katherine


Transportation and Infrastructure

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Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 11/27/2018

Gary C. Thomas - (Chair)
Gary C. Thomas is president/executive director of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). He is responsible for a 13-city transit system covering 700-square mile service area with bus, light rail, commuter rail, and paratransit services. Under his leadership DART has doubled its light rail system - twice - to become the nation's longest at 93 miles. The agency has been recognized for innovation in developing a progressive clean fuels program for its bus fleet, advancing new models for local bus and paratransit service and customer-facing communication technology and service. DART is also a recognized leader in the global advancement of the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) movement with its use of targeted demand-response transit service matched with new customer tools for fare payment and trip planning. Thomas administers the goals and policies of the DART Board of Directors and directs the agency's top managers and approximately 3,700 employees, emphasizing a strong customer focus. He works closely with service area city governments and the public in developing short- and long-term transportation and mobility goals. Thomas joined DART in November 1998. He was a consulting engineer for 19 years prior to that. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Architecture from Texas Tech University. He is a past chair of the American Public Transportation Association, RailVolution and the South West Transit Association.

Regina Clewlow
Dr.Clewlow is the CEO and Co-Founder of Populus, a data platform for private mobility operators and cities to deliver safe, equitable, efficient streets. She has over a decade of experience in transportation, where she is a leading expert on innovations in public transit, shared mobility, and autonomous vehicles. Regina formed Populus after serving in executive roles at Ford Smart Mobility investment and moovel North America (previously RideScout and GlobeSherpa). Regina received her Ph.D. in transportation and energy systems from MIT. As a research scientist at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis, she developed and led research on the travel behavior impacts of shared mobility services (e.g. Uber, Lyft, carsharing) and autonomous vehicles. Regina was the lead author of the recent groundbreaking UC Davis study Disruptive Transportation: The Adoption, Utilization, and Impacts of Ride-Hailing in the United States. She has received several awards and distinctions, having been honored as a National Engineers Week "New Face of Engineering", EPA STARS Fellow, MIT Energy Fellow, and Department of Transportation Eisenhower Fellow. As a transportation researcher, Dr. Clewlow's work focused on developing and harnessing new datasets to measure the adoption and impacts of shared-use mobility (ride-hailing) and automated/ autonomous vehicles on travel behavior, vehicle purchase, and energy use. She is passionate about developing innovative transportation technologies that provide net positive social and environmental benefits: reduced congestion, improved accessibility, and a lower carbon footprint.
Marlene Connor
Marlene Connor has 30 years of experience in transportation management and planning. She blends private and public sector experience with an intense personal commitment to improving transportation policy. She was previously the chief executive officer of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority in Springfield, MA where she directed numerous changes in service delivery, consolidated the fixed route and paratransit services programs, and implemented a systematic financial improvement process that improved efficiency while enhancing mobility. Her experience includes a wide range of public transportation planning projects in modes from ADA paratransit to Bus Rapid Transit as well as studies that include operations, policy development, management and organization, IT, and financial analysis and review. Marlene is Past Chair of the American Public Transportation Association’s Mobility Management Committee and also Chair’s the Intergovernmental Issues Subcommittee, and serves on Policy and Planning and Research and Technology committees.

Carlos Cruz-Casas
Carlos Cruz-Casas, P.E., is the Assistant Director of Strategic Planning for Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works. His primary focus is to introduce mobility innovation and plan for a fully integrated transportation system. His career includes both public and private sector experience ranging from conceptual design to implementation of pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and traffic projects. As a professional engineer dedicated to the development of Livable Transportation, Carlos seeks to achieve the right balance between capacity and livability. Carlos received his Master’s degree in urban transportation planning from University of Florida’s College of Engineering, and his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Puerto Rico.
Sharon Feigon
Sharon is a founder and the executive director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center, a non-profit public-interest organization working to foster collaboration in shared mobility and help connect the growing industry with transit agencies, cities and communities across the nation. As executive director, Sharon leads SUMC’s work, which includes conducting innovative research around the impacts of shared mobility, developing pilot projects to test shared mobility strategies, and providing advice and technical assistance to cities and regions in order to help extend the benefits of shared mobility for all. SUMC was also recently awarded a contract to develop the Innovation Knowledge Accelerator in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration to assist cities undertaking Mobility on Demand projects. Sharon was previously the CEO of IGO Carsharing, the nonprofit organization that started carsharing in the Chicago region. Sharon worked with the Chicago Transit Authority to create the only combined car-share/transit fare card in North America, which continues to serve as a model for the possibilities between shared-use companies and public transit. Sharon was a founder of the national Carsharing Association and has served as Co-Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Shared Vehicle Committee and as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-ND Committee, which created LEED standards for neighborhood developments. She holds an MBA from DePaul University and a BA in Economics from Antioch College.
Jonathan Hall
Dr. Jonathan Hall is an applied microeconomist who focuses on urban transportation. His recent work has focused on how to design road tolls so they help all road users and measuring the effect of Uber on public transportation. His dissertation was honored with the Best Dissertation Award by the Transportation and Public Utilities Group and the Best Paper Award at the Kumho-Nectar Conference on Transportation Economics. Professor Hall received his B.A. from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Bradford Miller
Bradford Miller is the chief executive officer at Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, a position he has held since 2013. The Transit Authority has instituted an innovative pilot program with Uber and United Taxi and the successfully negotiated with the Service Employees International Union representing about 500 PSTA employees. Before joining PSTA, Miller worked five years as general manager of the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority in Iowa and six years at the Charlotte Area Transit System in North Carolina.
Deb A. Niemeier
For two decades, Dr. Niemeier, Professor in the Dept. of Civil and Engineering and Professor in the School of Education at UC Davis, has focused on integrating models for estimating mobile source emissions with transportation modeling. Her primary research interest has been on developing highly accurate, accessible processes and emissions modeling and travel behavior models that can be used in the public sector, including the identification and modeling of environmental health disparities and improved understanding of formal and informal governance processes in urban planning. She is interested in emergent properties or characteristics that give rise to inequitable outcomes, particularly those associated with climate change. This combination of basic and translational research has resulted in new ways to identify the spatial properties of mobile source emissions, new methods for developing vehicle emissions inventories, and improved regulatory guidance, including better identification of vulnerable populations. In 2014, she was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “distinguished contributions to energy and environmental science study and policy development.” In 2015, she was named a Guggenheim Fellow for foundational work on pro bono service in engineering. In 2017, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. She received her B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Texas, and her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Washington.
Corrine Ralph
Corinne Ralph is the Chief of Transit Programs at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). She has over 25 years of experience dedicated to the management and oversight of privately contracted transit bus operations that include both fixed route, paratransit and charter bus services. With a fleet of over 360 vehicles, it is the second largest transit provider in LA County and is among the top 60 transit fleets in the US and Canada. The Department has recently committed to having a zero-emission transit bus fleet by 2030.
Bruce Schaller
Bruce Schaller, Principal of Schaller Consulting, is a nationally recognized expert in transportation policy and operations with specialized expertise in taxicab and vehicle-for-hire operations and regulation. He has worked throughout North America on projects to improve urban transportation services and enhance the efficiency and sustainability of transportation operations. He served as the New York City Department of Transportation's first Deputy Commissioner for Traffic and Planning (2012-14) and the first Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Sustainability (2007-11), providing senior executive leadership for development and implementation of DOT’s innovative, world-class programs for the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible movement of people and goods on the City's streets. From 1998 to 2007, Mr. Schaller consulted for public, private and non-profit groups on transportation policy and operational issues. Clients included local governments and transit and airport authorities in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Austin, New Orleans, Laredo, Rochester (NY) and Ottawa, Canada and in the Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas and Washington DC areas. Non-profit and private sector clients include the Regional Plan Association, the Design Trust for Public Space, transit advocacy groups, international unions and major banks. He has also worked for MTA New York City Transit, the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission and several other New York City agencies. A 30-year resident of Brooklyn, Mr. Schaller has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.

Kirk T. Steudle
Mr. Kirk Steudle is the Senior Vice President of Econolite. In this role, Mr. Steudle will lead the company’s Transportation Systems Group, as well as its subsidiary CAVita. Kirk Steudle comes to Econolite following decades with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Mr. Kirk T. Steudle, served at the Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) since 2006, where he oversaw MDOT’s over four billion dollar budget, and was responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways and more than 4,000 state highway bridges at a department with 2,500 employees. He was also responsible in overseeing the administration of a variety of multi-modal transportation programs and projects. Mr. Steudle is a national leader in the development of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies, and was the 2014-2015 Chair for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) Board of Directors. He also is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Mr. Steudle is a Past President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Chairs the Standing Committee on Highways. He was a 2014 member of the National Research Council for the National Academy of Science and the 2014 Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee. He also chaired the second Strategic Highway Research Program Oversight Committee (SHRP 2) for TRB. As well as a member of numerous NCHRP panels and committees on asset and performance management. Mr. Steudle is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering, serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board.

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