Planning for Innovative Transportation Technologies

APA Texas Chapter


Thursday, October 18, 2018
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CDT

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The City of Arlington is addressing mobility needs by targeting strategic transportation innovations, including on-demand rideshare and autonomous vehicles (AV). In December 2017, Arlington started a unique, city-subsidized rideshare service in partnership with Via. For only $3 per ride, passengers can select their pick-up and drop-off locations at the time of their choosing, allowing cost-effective and personalized travel. This service is one of the first in the nation to receive Federal Transportation Administration funds. Arlington is the first municipal government in the US to offer autonomous shuttle rides to the public, with continuous service in the Entertainment District since August 2017. The wheelchair-accessible EasyMile shuttles are free to ride and allow passengers to connect from remote parking areas to entertainment destinations and learn about AV technology. This session will frame Arlington’s transportation innovations within research and planning best practices. The North Central Texas Council of Governments is preparing the region for a variety of AV deployments, and their AV planning guide for Texas cities will be described in detail. The Institute of Urban Studies and Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions, and Dollars at UTA focus on transitioning current transportation systems toward the future through research in innovative policy making and the latest technologies, which will be shared. Overall, the session will describe how transportation innovations can enhance mobility, quality of life, safety, and economic competitiveness in Texas cities.


The three main objectives of this session are:

1. Review current research and best practices for innovative transportation planning

2. Learn about autonomous vehicle planning specifically for Texas cities

3. Understand lessons learned from implementing on-demand rideshare and autonomous shuttles services as public transportation in the City of Arlington 


David Weinreich

David Weinreich is a Postdoctoral Associate with the Institute for Urban Studies within the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington. His work focuses on the political obstacles to planning regional transportation systems that cross multiple local jurisdictional boundaries, and the role local ... Read More

Tom Bamonte

Tom Bamonte is Senior Program Manager for Automated Vehicles at the North Central Texas Council of Governments. At NCTCOG he works on automated vehicle pilot programs, the regional data infrastructure for automated vehicles, and related transportation technology and planning issues. Before joining NCTCOG he served in senior legal positions at ... Read More

Ann Foss

Ann Foss is the Principal Planner for the Department of Community Development and Planning at the City of Arlington. As Principal Planner, Ann performs comprehensive planning and is heavily involved in transportation planning for the City, working to secure grant funding and pilot new technologies, including autonomous vehicles and demand ... Read More

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