Inaugural Movimento Forum sees National Transportation Leaders Discuss the Future of Mobility
King of Prussia, Pa. - Communities in Motion, a GVF TMA Foundation, partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Association of Commuter Transportation (ACT), to hold its inaugural Movimento Forum at the Independence Visitors Center in Philadelphia.
The Movimento Forum brought national and regional transportation and infrastructure professionals together to discuss the rapid changes in mobility. It highlighted the changes that are enhancing our community's quality of life, and how technological innovation is a wonderful tool for advancing mobility, but if it leads to more sprawl and congestion it can lead to potential problems.
The forum saw a variety of professionals from the field speak on topics such as autonomous vehicles, technology, innovation, integrated shared mobility, multi-modal transportation networks, planning, and the future of mobility. Below is a snapshot from the three keynote speakers:
Dr. Mimi Sheller, Director Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, Drexel University kicked off the forum presenting on transportation as more than moving people around, but as public safety, public health, and urban resilience. "Bicycle infrastructure, like protected bike lanes, serves as an important traffic calming tool, thus making a stronger case for its investment and implementation," said Dr. Mimi Sheller.
Dr. Sheller went on to state that by 2050, it is expected that transportation will be responsible for 35% of all CO2 emissions in the world and that over 9% of world-wide driving time is spent in congestion at speeds lower than 8 mph. Congestion contributes to air pollution, asthma and causes threats to human health.
Howard Jennings, Managing Director, Mobility Lab presented on innovation and its impacts on mobility. He stated, "I like to think of innovation in two senses, one is technology driven, the newest thing and how easily it will be to integrate into our existing transportation operations vs how disruptive it is. It is critical we handle it well the more disruptive it is. Two, is the more day to day innovation, creativity in what we are already doing and what we do well, to get better use of our existing infrastructure and resources."
Steve Buckley, Vice President Northeast Regional Manager, WSP discussed planning for autonomous vehicles within our cities, "It's no longer if, but when and how. It will likely be very disruptive. Over time it will transform mobility as we know it. It will not only impact how we design, build and operate roads, but likely all aspects of our transportation system."
"I am very excited for our future as technology is propelling us faster than ever before in our history. With that excitement comes challenges, but we will lead the efforts to improve our mobility options for all. Through the Movimento Forum we hope to open communications around advancing technology and mobility, and continue to be a voice for our partners," Rob Henry, CEO, Communities in Motion.
"The Movimento Forum proved to be a great success, with professionals working and/or learning in the transportation demand management space coming together to share best practices, educational case studies and well-researched perspectives. The ACT Mid-Atlantic Chapter was pleased to co-sponsor this informative event, and hope to build on the foundation of this initial endeavor in future years," Jesse Kafka, President, Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Association of Commuter Transportation (ACT).
Panel Speakers included:
Anne Choate, Senior Vice President, ICF
Roger Cohen, Policy Director, PennDOT
Brett Fusco, Assistant Manager -Long Range Planning, DVRPC
Rahul Mangharam, Director, Mobility21 DoT University Transportation Center, UPenn
Lisa Nisenson, New Mobility Lead, Alta Planning
Christopher M. Puchalsky, PhD, Director of Policy and Special Initiatives, City of Philadelphia, Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (oTIS)
Michael Randolph, Associate Director, Penn Transit
Greg Rogers, Communications Specialist and Assistant Editor, Eno Center for Transportation
Justin Schor, Principal, Wells+Associates
Steve Wray, Senior Advisor, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
Cecily Zhu, Alternative Transportation Coordinator, Penn State University
Thank you to our event sponsors:
The mission of Communities in Motion, a GVF TMA Foundation, is to build awareness and support for efficient and sustainable transportation through education and community outreach. For more information about the foundation and its programs, visit www.movingyou.org.
R-L: Howard Jennings, Mobility Lab; Rob Henry, Communities in Motion; Lisa Nisenson, Alta Planning; Jesse Kafka, Mid-Atlantic Chapter ACT; Greg Rogers, Eno Transportation; Maureen Farrell, Communities in Motion; Rahul Mangharam, Mobility21 DoT University Transportation Center; Michael Randolph, Penn Transit Services; Cecily Zhu, Penn State University; Justin Schor, Wells +Associates; Dr. Mimi Sheller, Drexel University; Roger Cohen, PennDOT; Steve Buckley, WSP.