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Emerging Mobility Summit

           April  16th – 17th, 2019 | Austin, Texas


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 continues to take on this challenge by hosting our second annual Emerging Mobility Summit. The event 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.
Join ACT for this hands on two-day event that 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.

Who will be attending?

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


Conference Rates:
Member Rate (after Friday 3/15) – $225.00
Non-Member Rate (after Friday 3/15) – $275.00




The Westin Austin Downtown

                    310 East 5th Street, Austin, TX
                     P: 512-3912333
                     Rate – $269* Single/Double Occupancy
                     Book your room HERE


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Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Location: Trinity Hall*
*Directly across the street from the Westin Austin Downtown

8:00 – 8:45am: Breakfast

8:45am: Welcome Addresses

  • David Straus, ACT Executive Director
  • Connie McGee, Commute with Enterprise, ACT Board President
  • Joshua Jacobson, VP Business Development, Commutifi

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9:05am – 12:15pm: Plenary Sessions 

Session 1: On the Ground in Austin
As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, the City of Austin has risen to one of the most desired places to live and work – bringing with it the challenge of increased congestion.  Austin has long demonstrated a commitment to progressive policies and effective Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies.  In 2018 alone, the City passed several “TDM first” approaches including a Special Events Ordinance and Economic Development Incentives Policy and the region made a first big investment in TDM programs.  And in 2019, through the City’s Smart Trips program and the Mayor’s Mobility Challenge, the city will be leveraging the Bloomberg Climate Cities grant to make significant strides towards lowering single occupancy vehicle trips. Join us as we hear from the leaders of the Austin region’s transportation and planning agencies about how they are leveraging TDM to improve mobility options for all!

  • Mayor Steve Adler, City of Austin 
  • Ashby Johnson, Executive Director, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Ann Kitchen, Austin City Council Member and Chair of Mobility Committee 
  • Mike Heiligenstein, Executive Director, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
  • Moderator: Tien-Tien Chan, TDM Program Manager, Austin Transportation Department, City of Austin

Session 2: From Pilots to Sustainable Programs: Bringing emerging mobility practices into day to day operations
The excitement around emerging mobility practices and transportation technology is real.  Agencies around the world are actively working on how to bring these contemporary practices to their regions and test the viability through pilots of various types and sizes. However, translating a successful pilot into a sustained program is not easy. This session, co-sponsored with FHWA, explores how emerging and mobility practices are part of a larger systems management effort within a region that brings together the planners, operators and the policy-makers together.

  • Jim Hunt, Office of Operations, Federal Highway Administration
  • Deepak Gopalakrishna, Senior Director, Transportation, ICF
  • Brenda Bustillos, Transportation Engineer, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
  • Rob Sadow, Co-Founder and CEO, Scoop
  • Moderator: David McMaster, Director – Commuter Services, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas

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Session 3: Innovation Spotlight
Meg Merritt, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard


12:15 – 1:15pm: Networking Lunch

1:15 – 3:40pm: Facilitated Discussion Groups:

The afternoon will feature 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 emerging mobility and its interconnection with transportation demand management.  Each table will have 10-12 attendees participating in the conversation for 45 minutes.  Three discussion sessions will be held  so that new groups are formed and new insights/ideas are shared.  Each session will include a note taker to 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 topics may include:

  1. Preparing for an Automated FutureMia Zmud, Mobility Innovation Manager, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
  2. Micromobility (and Data) Revolution: How cities can use shared mobility to plan for the futureKansas Waugh, Director of Mobility Partnerships, Populus 
  3. Bridging Service Gaps and Improving Equity with Dockless Mobility – Justin Camarda, General Manager, SPIN
  4. The TMAs Role in the Evolving Mobility Landscape – Lisa Kay Pfannenstiel, Executive Director, Movability 
  5. Utilizing Innovative P3 Models for New Mobility TechnologiesDan Schlaff, Urban Mobility Strategist, Via
  6. Expanded Commuter BenefitDion Beuckman, Commute with Enterprise
  7. Equity and New MobilityLisa Kay Schweyer, Traffic 21 Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
  8. Using Scoring to Baseline and Influence Mode Shift – Joshua Jacobson, VP of Business Development, Commutifi
  9. Planning ACT’s Role as a Voice for Emerging Mobility – Ann Donner, President, Ann Donner Consulting
  10. Supporting Mobility Solutions through Entrepreneurship – Ryan Croft, C0-Founder and COO, TransitScreen
  11. The Future of Private Shuttle Operations – Gillian Zoss, Vice President of Business Development, WeDriveU

3:40 – 4:10pm: Recap of Discussion Groups

4:15 – 5:15pm: Networking Reception – Trinity Hall 
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Wednesday, April 17th, 2019





Santa Rita Suite (Inside the Texas Union) – Room 3.502
2308 Whitis Avenue
Texas Union Building
Austin, Texas 78712
* Transportation will be provided from the Westin Hotel main lobby. First bus departs at 8:10am and second bus departs at 8:20am. 

8:30 – 9:00: Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15: Welcome Address – Dr. Randy Machemehl,  Nasser I. Al-Rashid Centennial Professor in Transportation Engineering, University of Texas Austin

9:15 – 10:30: Plenary Session – Research Initiatives to Advance Mobility and TDM
University Transportation Centers are leading efforts to advance the understanding of how emerging mobility options are impacting communities and the choices people make in how they travel.  This session will share some of the latest research taking place at the nexus of social equity, emerging mobility, behavior change, and planning and will feature leading researchers from universities associated with the National Institute for Transportation and Communities.

  • Jennifer Dill Ph.D., Director, Transportation Research and Education Center, Portland State University
  • Steve Mattingly Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas Arlington
  • Anne Brown Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management, University of Oregon
  • Moderator: Frank Mongioi, Senior Director, Transportation & Smart Mobility, ICF

10:45 – 12:00 Smart City Tour of Downtown Austin  

The City of Austin is offering a Smart City tour of Downtown.  From their newly minted Electric Drive, a transportation innovation hub featuring green electric charging stations, to their City Hall, where transportation policies are made, you will learn about the Seaholm EcoDistrict, Pedestrian Activation, Dockless Mobility and Green Streets along the way. During this tour you will see how the city incorporates the following technologies:

  • Electric Drive is a transportation innovation hub that features DC fast charging for charging in minutes as opposed to hours, as well as level 2 charging for customers to use while they enjoy other aspects of the Eco District. A solar charging station is an innovative combination of solar technology, transportation infrastructure, and civic place making.  It offers the public the opportunity to gather in the shade while recharging their mobile electronics or electric two-wheel transportation from the sun.  Electric Drive is a key component of the Plug-In EVerywhere℠ network and demonstrates Austin as a Smart City leader in electric transportation.
  • Seaholm Eco District is a 90-acre area reflects Austin’s commitment to sustainable urban living and contains green features that are good for the environment and people who, live, work or play here. Austin created the “Library of the Future” in the Seaholm Eco District.  The library was created and built with sustainable space in mind while created a new innovative way to use it. The Central Library connects directly to both the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and the Lance Armstrong Bikeway. There are numerous free places to park bikes surrounding the Library.
  • Dockless mobility systems consist of devices, such as bicycles or scooters, that do not require fixed docking stations for users to receive or return units. Come learn about the rules governing dockless vehicles, the service operators  and the open data and reporting tools available for public use and analysis.
  • Green Streets are public street right-of-way that is context-sensitive and that incorporates landscape features, engineered stormwater controls, and sustainability principles and practices to enhance non-motorized transportation options (e.g., walking and biking), mitigate the Urban Heat Island

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!


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.

Please contact David Straus or 202-792-5801 for questions.