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Thursday, September 8 • 11:05am - 12:30pm
Multi-mode or One journey: What matters to people and how to make it happen? 75% FULL

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In a classic case of tail-wagging-the dog, cities and transport operators have historically focused on separate transport modes and (relatively recently) their integration to better serve mobility needs in cities. People, on the other hand, seem to care little about transport “modes” per se focusing more on the ease, convenience and cost of the journeys they wish to take. Obviously these journeys help cities function, deliver value for inhabitants and help serve as catalysts for opportunity and culture. But there are clear downsides as well – on health and safety, pollution, congestion and equitable access. How then are cities delivering on peoples’ desire for convenient journeys without eroding all of the benefits we derive from living in cities? Are new technologies, services and actors changing the way in which these journeys can be better organized, coordinated and delivered? If so, how? And what can we say about the potential for changes in people’s trip-making behavior and preferences?   

This session will cover these issues and others as well as we challenge assumptions, highlight best practice and discuss novel partnerships that drive innovation for a better tomorrow.

We will open with a stage-setting presentation by the moderator, Philippe Crist (10 mn), and two presentations by both Alain Flausch (10 mn) and Rahul Kumar (10mn).

We will then open up a moderated discussion amongst panelists and the audience that will tweak out some of the key assumptions that may no longer hold when we consider future urban travel and to sketch out the contours of a better model of delivering sustainable, seamless trips in cities like San Francisco.

Moderators
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Philippe Crist

Senior Economist and Administrator, International Transport Forum at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Philippe Crist is a Senior Economist and Administrator at the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He coordinates the research of the ITF’s Corporate Partnership Board and manages international research projects for the ITF’s 57 Member countries. His current work addresses disruptive urban mobility scenarios and examines how public transport and taxi markets must... Read More →

Speakers
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Alain Flausch

Secretary General, International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
Alain Flausch was selected Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) in September 2011 by the UITP Executive Board.  | This appointment acknowledges Mr Flausch’s long-standing commitment to public transport on the international stage. Mr Flausch was previously Chairman of the Finance & Commerce sub-committee of the UITP Metro Committee (2001-2009); he has also been a member of... Read More →
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Colin Hughes

Director, Global Research and Strategy, Institute for Transportation Policy and Development
Colin K. Hughes directs global research and strategy on new mobility services, national transport policy, and sustainability evaluation at the Institute for Transportation Policy and Development. Colin’s previous work includes researching global transportation financing patterns, authoring the Bikeshare Planning Guide, designing bicycle networks and bikeshare systems, planning high-capacity Bus Rapid Transit, and mobility analytics. Colin has... Read More →
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Rahul Kumar

Senior Vice President, Transdev
With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, Rahul Kumar has served in positions on all sides of the table. As Director of Planning for Foothill Transit in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Kumar designed and implemented the Agency’s first Bus Rapid Transit service. While working with a small Southern Californian transit consulting firm, Mr. Kumar served as project manager for over 15 transit projects including designing transit center... Read More →