Hall, Baum-Snow: June 27 Future of Urban Mobility Seminar

June 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
BA 2139
Bahen Centre for Information Technology
40 St George St, Toronto
ON M5S 2E4
School of Cities
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June 27, 3-5 p.m.

Two presentations from two speakers, followed by Q&A and discussion.

“How is Uber Affecting Public Transit?”

  • Professor Jonathan Hall, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Hall will start with a short summary of evidence on how Uber and Lyft are affecting public transit and then present two early stage projects designed to address the question from different approaches.

“Are Highways Good for Cities?”

  • Professor Nate Baum-Snow, Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy, Rotman School of Management

Baum-Snow will first discuss evidence from his research on the impacts of US and Chinese urban highway construction on the location choices of households and firms in cities. He will then discuss components of the welfare consequences associated with these new highways.

About The Future of Urban Mobility Seminar Series

Seminars take place every other Thursday 3:00-5:00 p.m., details TBA.

For the first time in history, the majority of people live in urban settings. Cities are the engines of economic growth, but are plagued with challenges relating to resource allocation, constrained government spending, ecosystem protection, creating migrant and youth opportunities, social inequities, labour market changes and infrastructure aging. Thrown into this arena, emerging technologies such as automated and connected vehicles, ride-hailing services, Mobility-as-a-Service platforms, and micro-transit are threatening rapid changes to our mobility systems. The academic and policy debates are rife with visions of new mobility utopias, where technology drives improvements in efficiency, CO2 emissions, and social inclusion. Also prominent are visions of mobility dystopias, where private vehicles control more of the public realm, mobility benefits are concentrated among the wealthy, and labour standards are eroded. Cities now face the massive challenge of evaluating the potential benefits, costs, and unintended consequences of integrating a heterogeneous mix of promising technologies with existing transportation infrastructure and mobility services. In light of this uncertainty, it is imperative that we conduct evidence-based research to guide transportation policy to achieve the many positive promises of emerging technologies, while ameliorating the inherent risks in technology-induced disruption.  The Future of Urban Mobility seminar series will provide the U of T community a space to engage on these topics and explore research opportunities with the Mobilities Cluster at the School of Cities.

The Future of Urban Mobility seminar series is presented by UTTRI and the University of Toronto School of Cities in partnership.

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