Smart cities for the rest of us: The implications of new transportation technologies for those left out of the urban revolution

APA Oregon Chapter


Wednesday, May 8, 2019
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. PDT

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The planning conversation around new transportation technologies and smart cities often centers on the potential of such technologies to accommodate denser and more sustainable development. The focus of this conversation, however, tends to be on major urban centers with relatively strong growth, a history of substantial investment in alternative transportation modes, and/or relatively robust planning capacity. This session examines how the conversation about new mobility platforms may be different for smaller cities and rural communities, and in places where growth, investment, and the political will for necessary regulation is not assured. Speakers will present on how individuals from urban-to-rural areas currently use shared mobility services and how those living in these areas envision autonomous technology changing their lives; including expectations (and willingness to adopt) autonomous vehicles; the extent to which new transportation technologies are anticipated to facilitate aging-in-place for aging suburban residents; and specific equity challenges facing these areas as new technologies are adopted. Speakers will identify specific policy and planning strategies to ensure new transportation technologies work for communities that may currently be left out of the conversation.

1. Understanding of specific challenges and opportunities for new transportation technology outside of major urban centers and in under-resourced communities

2. Policy and planning strategies for ensuring positive outcomes of new technology outside major urban centers and in under-resourced communities

3. Current use patterns and perceptions of new transportation technology outside major urban centers and in under-resourced communities

4. Future travel behavior (and transportation infrastructure) implications of new transportation technology outside major urban centers and in under-resourced communities


Arlie Adams

Confirmed Speaker

Arlie Adkins is an Assistant Professor of planning at the University of Arizona. His research and teaching focuses on addressing health and safety disparities related to transportation systems. Prior to an academic career, Arlie worked for TriMet and, in the early days of new mobility technologies, at car sharing pioneer ... Read More

Daniel Piatkowski

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Tara Goddard

Confirmed Speaker


Giovanni Circella

Confirmed Speaker

Giovanni Circella is a researcher at the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), and he currently shares his time between UC Davis and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, GA, where he is a research engineer at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Circella's research ... Read More

Jennifer Toothaker, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Jenn is a certified planner and project manager with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Planning and Programming Division. She has 19 years of experience working with the City of Tucson, a majority of them in planning, including: policy development, strategic and long-range planning, annexation, neighborhood planning, historic preservation ... Read More

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