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 3,800 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. Currently, he serves in the TRB Executive Committee and the SPPR (Subcommittee on Planning and Policy Review) Committee. He is a past chair of the American Public Transportation Association, RailVolution and the South West Transit Association.
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 is the Principal of Marlene Connor Associates, LLC and 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 paratransit services program, and implemented a systematic financial improvement process that improved efficiency while enhancing mobility. She has experience in 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 has both led and participated in a range of national research efforts in areas that include mobility services and policy development, performance measurement, as well as operational issues. Marlene has taken a leadership role in coordinating components of integrated mobility with broader technology applications to provide seamless services to customers and communities. Marlene currently serves on the leadership team of APTA’s Access Committee as chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Technologies, in addition she is the Immediate Past Chair of APTA’s Mobility Management Committee.
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 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.