• Transportation Research Board

      TRB 98th Annual Meeting

      January 13–17, 2019

    • Interactive Program


Annual Meeting Event Detail

Lectern Session 1606

Transit Fightback: Pushback on Technology Hype for Stronger City Futures

Tuesday 3:45 PM- 5:30 PM
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Paul Skoutelas, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), presiding
Sponsored by:
Public Transportation Group (AP000)

A tsunami of global media suggests autonomous vehicles and shared new mobility modes using private vehicles are solutions to the congestion, economic and environmental problems of growing cities.   But much of this discussion is based on hype; the promotion of new technologies with little proof, feasibility and little basis in fact.  Yet the global broadcasting of these over-hyped technologies is harming urban public transport systems globally; it is a widely held view that transit has no future as a result of new mobility.   This session provides evidence that transit systems remain the core of solutions for congested cities.   E vidence is shown that new mobility solutions using private vehicle travel remain problematic for growing cities.  

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Title Presentation Number
Lies, Damned Lies: AV's Shared Mobility and Urban Transit Futures
Graham Currie, Monash University
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Driverless Cars: Future or Fantasy
Christian Wolmar, Christian Wolmar
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Lean into the Wind: Defending Our Cities from Technology Hype
Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker & Associates
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Positioning Transit to Compete as Technology Transforms Transportation
Steven Polzin, University of South Florida
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