Jameson Auten is Vice President of Regional Service Delivery and Innovations at Kansas City Area Transportation Authority . He’s been in TDM since 2001 and is interested in the relationship between the interests of cities and consumers.
We asked him for his views on ACT and the future of TDM.
1. How did you get involved in TDM?
TDM is where I cut my transportation teeth. In 2001 I began as a TDM intern at RideFinders in Richmond, VA and it’s been an exciting ride since.
2. How did you get involved in ACT?
RideFinders was always active in the Chesapeake Chapter of ACT and I’m glad that we were. A lot of the concepts that the ACT members were doing then are the strategies that are being employed at public transportation agencies across the nation. I was at an APTA conference in 2015 and ran into an old ACT colleague. We both were just amazed at how the things were promoting 10-12 years earlier were the hot topics at transit agencies.
3. What do you see as the future of TDM? Any specific challenges?
The future for TDM is mobility- the convergence of TDM strategies, transit, and technology. Cities are interested in creating smart transportation ecosystems that are integrated into existing services and delivery models that maximize value, effectiveness, and leave a smaller environmental footprint. At the same time consumers are choosing modes that fit their life-styles rather than using perceived commodities. Having lines between modes no longer works. A significant challenge is developing policy that will maximize the benefits of deploying shared-ride solutions via electric, connected vehicle fleets in a rapidly evolving space.