4:30 pm

Smart Mobility Issues

Smart Mobility Charrette for Local and State Policy Makers, Planners and Key Stakeholders

Time: 1:00 - 4:30 pm  (3 hr 30 min)

Mobility today is changing fundamentally. Data, connectivity, instant mobile communications, advancing vehicle technologies and the logic of the sharing economy are all driving change. We see many positive impacts: Some people who had been isolated can now get where they need to go. Technologies promise to improve safety and efficiency of the system. New services offer opportunities for employment. Yet, questions and concerns are increasing: If we aren’t proactive, the mobility revolution may cause unacceptable congestion, pollution and a spike in energy and climate impacts. Traditional transportation services could lose riders. Some new modes of transportation may lead to dangerous conflicts and traffic deaths. Workers for new service providers may struggle earning enough income to support a family. Some neighborhoods might still be left out. How do we make sense of this mixture of benefits and challenges? What, if any, strategies can local and state policymakers and planners adopt to gain the benefits from these disruptions while mitigating the potential negative impacts?

Part 1: Speaker Panel (1 hr 15 min) in Scioto A Room

This workshop will be organized as a “charrette.” Expert panelists will discuss, provide perspective, and offer solutions focused on specific smart mobility challenges and opportunities by addressing four key issues: 1) Safety, 2) Environmental Sustainability, 3) Mobility Access, and 4) Impact on Traditional Providers. The moderator will facilitate a brief Q &A where attendees will ask questions to better understand the issues.


Moderator: Thea Walsh, Director, Transportation & Infrastructure, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission


Creighton Randall, Chief Executive Officer & Principal Consultant, Mobility Development Partners

Andrew Duvall, Transportation Behavior Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Shruti Vaidyanathan, Senior Advisor for Research, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Jennifer Fening, Marketing and Communications Director, Smart Columbus, Columbus Partnership

Patrick Smith, Interim Executive Director, DriveOhio

Morgan Kauffman, CEO & Owner, Columbus Yellow Cab

Matthew Allison, Chief of Transit Operations, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)

Part 2: Assigning Issues & Charrette Small Group Discussions (1 hr) in Franklin Ballroom C

Following the panel, charrette participants will be divided into four small groups assigned with one of the four smart mobility issues. Each group will be tasked with generating solutions for their issue by having discussions, addressing agreements/disagreements on these issues, and incorporating factors like technology, policy, cost/funding, collaboration/partnerships, and execution/implementation. There will be a facilitator for each group to lead the small group discussions.

Part 3: Large Group Reporting & Consensus/Wrap-Up (45 min) in Franklin Ballroom C

After small group discussions, each group will reconvene to a large group setting and present their solutions. Participants will vote which solution to move forward with in order to reach consensus on best solutions and action items for these issues. As a result from the consensus of the charrette's issues, a report will be generated detailing the most popular voted solutions and will be shared with participants and available to the public.

Environmental Sustainability
Mobility Access
Impact on Traditional Providers

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Columbus, OH 43220-2300