There has been an explosion in recent years of new shared-use mobility services. These include carsharing, ridesharing, bikesharing, ridesourcing Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), microtransit, etc. These new modes are increasing flexibility and enabling more “on demand” travel patterns. Many argue that these new modes are creating a new “ecosystem”.
Transit systems have been doing much soul-searching to position themselves individually and as an industry in this new ecosystem, and various transit agencies have also launched individual initiatives of their own to cooperate, coordinate, or integrate with the new shared-use mobility modes.
The topic of this seminar is to identify and categorize the key questions transit systems should be asking themselves as they try to position themselves in the changing arena of urban mobility. The perspective is from that of the transit system, and these key questions emerged from several structured discussions at workshops and meetings organized by the presenter.
Dr. Brendon Hemily is an independent consultant with 35 years of experience of working with the public transportation industry in both the U.S. and Canada, specializing in planning, management, and technology issues. His specific areas of interest are best practices, innovation, transit performance and service quality, and the strategic use of advanced technology.
Dr. Hemily has been working for the past 10 years with the US Department of Transportation to support their activities related to Transit ITS technologies. Prior to 2000, he worked 15 years at the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA), where he served as Manager of Research and Technical Services and was responsible for all technical activities, including the National statistics and research programs.
Dr. Hemily has a PhD and MsCE both from MIT, and a BA in Economics from Columbia University. He is past Chair and Emeritus Member of the TRB Standing Committee on Public Transportation Planning and Development.
This seminar is presented by the University of Toronto Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter. All are welcome to attend.