Note: This MOD Sandbox program is happening concurrently with Rail~Volution Pittsburgh. Those not affiliated with MOD Sandbox are welcome to register but will require approval from SUMC to attend. If your registration is approved, you will receive a confirmation via email.
Join the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) and the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for a workshop supporting FTA’s Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox program!
Spread over two days, this event will bring together practitioners from the public and private sectors to accelerate the learning process around MOD for Sandbox grantees as well as others (agencies, cities, and providers) interested in innovative mobility solutions that complement and expand the reach of traditional transit.
The workshops will begin with expert panels on Tuesday from 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm and wrap up on Wednesday morning with interactive discussions on emerging topics and first-hand experiences in MOD.
Welcome to the MOD Sandbox Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator
Smartphone apps. Bike and car sharing. Demand-responsive bus and van services. Mobility on demand projects help make transportation systems more efficient and accessible, particularly for people who lack access to a car. Begin your MOD exploration here. Learn about the Federal Transit Administration MOD Sandbox Program. Hear where the Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator from the Shared-Use Mobility Center fits in. Join MOD grantees to dig deeper with a series of workshops covering a wide range of MOD-related topics. Priority for this session goes to MOD Sandbox grantees
Tuesday, October 23
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Topic Implementation, Technology, Wellness
How is Your MOD Partnership Going?
The number of transit agencies exploring mobility partnerships with new mobility providers is on the rise. That means public agencies must understand the dynamics of a public-private mobility relationship. Gain that understanding – and up your chances for success. Listen to observations, challenges and successes from transit agencies working with private mobility providers in a diverse set of recently launched MOD projects. What works? What doesn’t? Explore service quality, equity, data sharing, risk sharing, accountability, marketing and cost effectiveness. Then answer the question: How’s your MOD partnership going? Priority for this session goes to MOD Sandbox grantees
Moderator: William Hwang, Principal Consultant, WSP USA, Los Angeles, CA
Penny Grellier, Business Partnership Administrator, Pierce Transit, Tacoma, WA
Jumana Nabti, Manager of Access Programs, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, San Francisco, CA
Diogo Lousa, Manager of Transportation Innovation, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
Tony Lynch, Supervisor, Demand Response Planning, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
Collecting, managing and integrating fare payments across multiple mobility providers is a challenge – especially as transit agencies evolve from service providers to mobility integrators. Advancements in fare collection technology and trip-planning tools are crucial for a seamless customer-centric travel experience. How do we make paying fares easier for the customer and more sensible for the whole system? What policies or standards can impede or enable progress? How do we ensure that even the most vulnerable populations benefit? Hear the obstacles and next steps for payment integration across multiple modes to enable a MOD future for all. Priority for this session goes to MOD Sandbox grantees
Crissy Ditmore, Mobile Innovation Lead, Conduent, Boise, ID
Tina Morch-Pierre, Assistant Vice President, Payment Systems and Statistical Reporting, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
Andy Taylor, Strategy Director, Cubic Transportation Systems, Washington, DC
Mobility pilot projects can help us understand the feasibility of a specific innovative service idea. But how do we know if that pilot project is sustainable? Explore the issues around making mobility on demand a sustainable and scalable business or service model. How does the transit industry see MOD as a long-term component of its service network? What are some first principles or economic limits to scaling MOD services? How does the private sector see MOD as part of a viable business model? Hear from experienced practitioners, experts and mobility providers. Then break into small groups for a deeper facilitated discussion on pertinent themes and questions. Priority for this session goes to MOD Sandbox grantees.
Michelle Poyourow, Senior Associate, Jarrett Walker + Associates, Portland, OR
John Urgo, Senior Transportation Planner, AC Transit, Oakland, CA
Eleanor Joseph, Director of Business Development, North America, Via, New York, NY