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Second conference on Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Public Transport

AV America is organizing this conference with the support of Global Mass Transit, on January 28-29, 2020 in Palo Alto.


The mission of the conference is to explore the impacts of AVs on public transport systems, infrastructure and business operations as well as initiatives being undertaken by transit agencies in collaboration with federal, state and local governments; city authorities; private industry; and other organizations to push the frontier of emerging AV technology in public transportation.

The conference will bring together a variety of experts to assess the holistic impact of AVs on public transport, addressing policy, regulation, planning, funding, compliance, workforce, technology, systems and infrastructure, procurement, market development, testing and project delivery.


The two-day conference will include sessions on:

  • Public Transport -AVs and the Future of Mobility
  • Policies, Guidelines and Standards
  • Transit Agencies as Enablers of Change
  • Infrastructure for AVs
  • Transit Bus Automation
  • Transit Planning with AVs
  • Data Sharing and Governance
  • Impact on Industrial Relations
  • Transit AV Pilots
  • Role of Private AV Operators in Mass Transit


Some of the early confirmed speakers at the conference include-

  • Dick Alexander, President, Transdev Alternative Services, Inc.
  • Gena Alexander, President/Business Agent, ATU 1555
  • Ahsan Baig, CIO/CTO, Department of Innovation and Technology, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit
  • Joshua Cregger, Technology Policy Analyst, USDOT Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center
  • Jorge Cruz-Aedo, CEO, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority TX
  • Martha Melendez D’Andrea, Supervising Transportation Planner, Division Head – Specialized Transit and Grants, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
  • Justin Erlich, VP of Strategy, Policy, & Legal, Voyage Auto
  • Michael Feldman, Director of U2C, Jacksonville Transportation Authority
  • Tian Feng, District Architect, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)
  • Richard Forberg, Nashville Transportation Activist and Co-Founder of Autonomous Insights LLC
  • Lena Geraghty, Director of Innovation and Performance Management, City of Portland Maine
  • Maynard A. Holliday, Senior Engineer, Engineering & Applied Sciences, RAND
  • Joe Iacobucci, Principal, New Mobility Practice Leader, Sam Schwartz Engineering
  • Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority CA
  • Jean Kao, Product Manager, Populus
  • Michael Kronzer, CAV-X Project Manager, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Jim McKenney, Technical Director, NCC Group
  • Gary Miskell, Chief Information and Technology Officer, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
  • Jeremy Mulder, Chief Customer Officer, May Mobility
  • Jill North, Innovation and New Technology Program Manager, City of San José
  • Jeff Owen, Strategic Planning Coordinator, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet)
  • Jeff Peterson, Director of Business Development – Autonomous Technology, First Group
  • Robert Rich, Project Manager and Analyst, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
  • Jaron Robertson, Acting Director for Innovative Mobility Solutions Office, Utah Transit Authority
  • Veronica Siranosian, Vice President, AECOM Ventures
  • Brian Swanson, Director of Pre Sales, Moovit
  • Alan Wapner, Regional Council Member, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
  • Mark Wilson, Professor, School of Planning, Design and Construction, Michigan State University

Participating organizations

Over 60 organizations have already confirmed participation and they include: AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District); AECOM Ventures; Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District; Argonne National Laboratory; ATU 1555; ATU CCB; Center for Transportation and the Environment; City of Portland Maine; Complete Coach Works; Contra Costa Transportation Authority CA; Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority; Ecolane USA; Facebook; First Group; GILLIG; Karsan USA; Lea+Elliott, Inc.; May Mobility, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) San Francisco; Minnesota Department of Transportation; Monterey-Salinas Transit; Morgan Olson; NCC Group; Nordic Innovation House; Parsons; Populus ; RAND; Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada; Sam Schwartz Engineering; San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART); San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency; San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans); Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority; Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG); Transdev; Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet); USDOT Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center; Utah Transit Authority; Voyage Auto; etc.

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