2018 National Shared Mobility Summit Recap

Covering the myriad of programs, policies, and pilots implemented since SUMC's last conference & all the new innovations just around the corner

  1. This year in Chicago, SUMC hosted more than 620 mobility practitioners—including public-sector transportation leaders, private-sector innovators, and representatives from a diverse array of community and research organizations—at the sold-out 2018 National Shared Mobility Summit. We want to thank everyone who attended and helped foster a collaborative space where we tackled transportation issues head-on to guide the equitable growth of shared mobility in our cities.
  2. The 2018 Shared Mobility Summit, the only national conference focused on the interdisciplinary world of shared mobility, featured provocative keynotes, in-depth panel discussions, interactive tours, the largest shared mobility expo in North America, and much more. Following is a brief overview of the 2018 Summit’s three action-packed days that were highlighted through the #SUMC18 hashtag. Thanks again to all those who contributed their time, energy and ideas to make this year's summit the best one yet!

    Also, if you were able to join us, please take a moment to complete this short survey to share some feedback on your experience. Photos of the 3-day summit are available here. Hear from Sharon Feigon, Executive Director of SUMC, on her ten key takeaways from the 2018 Summit. Select presentations from conference speakers will be available shortly.
  3. The 2018 Summit hashtag, #SUMC18, even trended in Chicago!
  4. Blazing the Trail: Public sector champions have played a critical role in guiding the shared mobility industry through partnerships with private entities around the US. Sharon Feigon, SUMC Executive Director introduced Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval Carter who gave a welcome keynote that covered the successes of the second-largest transit agency in the US. Vince Valdes, Associate Administrator , FTA's Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation highlighted the Mobility On Demand Sandbox and new FTA projects focusing on vehicle automation. We also heard updates and learnings from all 11 MOD Sandbox grantees on the status of their projects in our "Meet the Grantees" breakfast.
  5. Tackling the Big Issues: Across the wide spectrum of material covered at the summit, many conversations came back to the biggest challenges cities face—climate change, accessibility, land use, and economic inequality—and focused on how shared mobility and public transit can help address them.
  6. And, of course, the unavoidable Wall-E mention:
  7. Envisioning the Future of Mobility in Cities: Our keynote speakers, Jarrett Walker, author and public transit consultant; Jay Walder, CEO of Motivate International; Gabe Klein, Co-Founder at CityFi and Special Venture Partner at Fontinalis Partners LLC; and Sharon Feigon, Executive Director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center, debated the future of cities and how best to support equity and sustainability while riding the wave of innovation. Discussion covered how to grapple with the imminent arrival of autonomous vehicles while ensuring that shared mobility and AV technology reduce congestion, cut emissions and enhance public transit.
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