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Emerging Mobility Summit


Screen shot of Smart City pitch – Columbus

        April 24th – 25th, 2018

Columbus, Ohio 

Event Overview

With the future of mobility being shaped and reshaped at an ever-increasing speed, the time is now for the TDM industry to gather and discuss how communities, service providers and other stakeholders can achieve the transportation system of tomorrow that we desire; increasing mobility and improving our quality of life.  ACT is taking on this challenge by hosting the Emerging Mobility Summit that will bring together over 100 subject matter experts, community leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, and thought leaders focused on the future of transportation and mobility all in one room for facilitated conversations to identify paths forward, opportunities for research, and what might be in store for the future of TDM.

This hands on two-day event will dive into the challenges and opportunities we face right now and will feature small facilitated discussion groups designed for you to ask new questions and help provide solutions on a range of challenges and opportunities.  The event will conclude with a tour of the Ohio State University and the Transportation Research Center, the nation’s largest vehicle testing facility.

Who will be attending?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • City Officials
  • Project Managers
  • Policy Experts
  • Thought leaders


Early Bird Rates:
Member Rate (till Friday 3/16) – $175.00
Non-Member Rate (till Friday 3/16) – $215.00

Conference Rates:
Member Rate (after Friday 3/16) – $195.00
Non-Member Rate (after Friday 3/16) – $235.00



Thank you to our Sponsors!


Westin Columbus
310 S. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
P: 614-228-3800
Rate – $169* Single/Double Occupancy

CLICK HERE to reserve your room today!

* Group rate available until April 2, 2018



Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Location: Vue Columbus*
*Shuttle Buses will be running from the Westin Columbus to the Vue starting at 7:45am

8:00 – 8:45am: Breakfast

8:45am: Welcome Addresses

  • David Straus, ACT
  • Rob Henry, President of ACT
  • Tien-Tien Chan, President of Center for TDM

9:05am – 12:15pm: Plenary Sessions

  • Session #1: The Local Story: will feature presentation and discussion on the implementation of Smart Columbus program 
    • Mike Stevens, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Columbus
    • Joanna Pinkerton, Chief Operating Officer, Transportation Research Center
    • Columbus Partnership (Invited)
  • Session #2: Smart Cities Update: Presentations and discussions from other cities focused on commuter initiatives
    • Representatives from Denver, Austin, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Portland, Seattle (invited)
  • Session #3: Public Transit in an Autonomous Future: With each new innovation in transportation, the line between traditional public transit and the future of mobility gets thinner and thinner. What will the impacts of large scale autonomous vehicle adoption mean for public transit systems across the country? How can the two work together to increase mobility options while preserving the important aspects of access and equity?  This panel will bring together leaders of public transit and autonomous vehicle companies to discuss how we achieve a win-win future for commuters and our communities.
    • Navya (invited)
    • Keolis (confirmed)

12:15 – 1:15pm: Networking Lunch


1:15 – 4:00pm: Facilitated Discussion Groups:

In the afternoon, we will host 10-12 simultaneous discussion groups, facilitated by subject matter experts or project managers with the intent to identify solutions to challenges or new insights on issues related to the advancement of smart cities and future mobility, and its interconnection with transportation demand management.  Each session would have 10-12 people participating in the conversation for roughly 40-45 minutes.  This would be repeated three times during the afternoon so that new groups are formed and new insights/ideas are shared.  Each session will include a note taker that would gather major themes and ideas being discussed to be shared later with the entire group and compiled by ACT after the event as a resource document.

Potential and Confirmed Topics Include:

  1. Role of Regulation
  2. Microtransit: Its impacts on transportation and why your community should care about it– Josh Cohen, TransLoc 
  3. Utilizing AV/EV to Expand Public Transit – Roman Kuropas, InnovaEV (Invited)
  4. AV and Vanpooling
  5. Role of City/Government – Mark De la Verne, City of Detroit (Invited)
  6. Measuring the Evolving Mobility Landscape to Influence Mode Choice – Ryan Croft, TransitScreen 
  7. Creating Mobility Options in Low Density and Internet Challenged Communities – Valerie Lefler, Liberty Mobility Now
  8. How to Grow Low-Car Living Through Partnerships with Car Sharing (Social Justice) – Sabrina Sussman, Zipcar
  9. AV shuttles on business/university campuses
  10. Ensuring a positive user experience in a digital/mobile transportation world 
  11. Ensuring Bike/Ped safety
  12. Utilizing Data to Understand and Improve the Transportation System– Pete Costello, Iteris (Invited)
  13. Docked vs Dockless Bikesharing
  14. Designing Pilots for Emerging Transportation/Reforming Procurement – Paul Lewis, Eno Transportation (invited)

4:00 – 4:30pm: Recap of Discussion Groups

5:00 – 6:00pm: Networking Reception – TBA

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Location: The Ohio State University – Faculty Club*
*Shuttle Buses will be leaving from the Westin Columbus to the Ohio State University at 8:00am

8:30 – 9:00: Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15: Welcome Address

9:15 – 10:30: Plenary Session

Transportation Innovations – From Campuses into our Communities: This session will feature presentations and discussion on research initiatives taking place on leading campuses around the country and how we as an industry can collaborate to advance new solutions to mobility challenges within our communities. 

  • Center for Automotive Research – Ohio State University (TBA)
  • Stan Caldwell, Executive Director, Traffic21 Institute, Carnegie Melon 
  • Dr. Katie Turnbull, Executive Associate Director, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

10:45 – 1:00 Tour of the Transportation Research Center (optional) 

What does it take to be the largest independent vehicle testing facility and proving grounds in the U.S.? Hardworking industry experts; a well-developed infrastructure with an extensive variety of road surfaces; on-site development of leading-edge and emerging technologies; 30-plus years of engineering expertise and industry knowledge; a long-time partnership with a major research university; strong global connections and an eye constantly focused on the client’s needs. It also takes a secure location – operating 24/7 – with approximately 4,500 acres of road courses, wooded trails, a 7.5-mile (12.1 km) High-speed Oval Test Track, 50-acre (20-hectare) Vehicle Dynamics Area, or “black lake,” and the right mix of testing areas and facilities to make the Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC) in East Liberty, Ohio, the best place to test and validate nearly any vehicle imaginable, any time of year.

During our tour, we will be viewing and driving on TRC’s numerous outdoor facilities. Including our skid pad, 50 acre vehicle dynamics area, durability areas and 7.5 mile track. The hour long tour will also cover the unique indoor laboratories and TRC’s SMARTCenter.


Sponsorship Information

Our varying levels of sponsorship enable you to select a program that fits your desires and budget while giving you exposure to an elite group of attendees. DOWNLOAD SPONSOR PACKET.
Please contact David Straus or 202-792-5801 for questions.