Can Transit Survive the 21st Century?
You'll learn about:
- Three key trends likely to impact and/or disrupt public transit over the next several decades
- How other areas are planning for the changes these trends may bring
- Strategies to engage stakeholders and make effective decisions in the face of rapid change
Long-term thinking is crucial to the planning profession, though as planners we typically think at most on a 30-year horizon. This session will ask you to contemplate how public transportation fits into the world 85 years from now.
Looking backwards, public transit barely survived the 20th century. Will it survive the 21st? More to the point, should it? How do we as planners deal with the uncertainty of rapid technological, political, and demographic changes? Do we continue to invest billions into traditional public transit, even if no one uses it in the year 2100? And how do we engage the public in a meaningful way about these long-range uncertainties?
This facilitated discussion will share three case studies demonstrating key uncertainties over the next century: technological development (autonomous vehicles and shared mobility in particular), policy response to climate change, and demographic shifts and preferences. Explore these challenges and depart with not only a deeper understanding of key long-term uncertainties facing the transit industry but also robust planning options regardless of these uncertainties.
Confirmed SpeakerPrice Armstrong, AICP, has had his hands dirty in the transportation field since he started working as a mechanic for his college's bikeshare program. Inspired by the simple efficiency of the bicycle, and motivated by the numerous sustainability and livability issues related to the transportation system, he has been working in transportation ever since. Price currently works for the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he focuses on using data analytics to support operational efficiency and excellence in customer service. Prior to that, he worked at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation as a policy and budget analyst in the Rail and Transit Division. In his spare time, Price serves on the Holyoke Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the MassBike - Pioneer Valley Chapter's Board of Directors, and is a volunteer instructor for the Holyoke Urban Bike School. Price lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts and bikes to work almost every day. You can check out his personal planning blog at pvplanner.wordpress.com
Confirmed SpeakerShannon Greenwell is a Transportation Program Planner with MassDOT’s Office of Transportation Planning. Her work focuses primarily on sustainability issues, such as transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions accounting and reporting as well as promoting the use of active and clean transportation modes. Prior to joining MassDOT, Shannon was the Senior Project Manager for the National Rural Transit Assistance Program (National RTAP), a Federal Transit Administration technical assistance program for small urban, rural and tribal transit providers. Shannon serves as a member of the TRB Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility and received a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Boston University.
Confirmed SpeakerPatrick Sullivan is the Executive Director of the Seaport TMA. In this role he oversees the TMA’s commuter programs and advocates on behalf of the organization’s membership for transportation improvements that will benefit those who work, live in, and visit the South Boston Waterfront. Prior to joining Seaport TMA, Patrick served as Director of Policy & Outreach at 128 Business Council, a TMA serving the Route 128 Corridor west of Boston. At 128 Business Council Patrick worked to advocate for and implement new sustainable transportation options for Massachusetts commuters. Prior to 128 Business Council Patrick was a graduate intern at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Patrick recently served in an elected role as the Managing Director of MassCommute, the Massachusetts Council of TMAs and now serves the organization as Immediate-Past Managing Director. He also serves as the Immediate Past President of the New England Chapter of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT). Patrick has previously been named to the Association for Commuter Transportation’s (ACT) “40 Under 40,” and is a graduate of the ACT Leadership Academy. He was selected to participate in the 2016 Transportation for America (T4A) Transportation Leadership Academy, a year-long leadership program for transportation professionals. Patrick has a particular interest in the intersection of transportation and technology, and has conducted extensive research and has written on the subject of autonomous vehicles and their future impact on cities. He is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design & Construction with the U.S. Green Building Council. Patrick received a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Boston University and a Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of Vermont.