April 18, 2018, 8:00AM (ET)

Lies, Damned Lies, AV’s, Shared Mobility, and Urban Transit Futures

This presentation outlined the arguments in Professor Curries paper published in the recent special issue of the Journal of Public Transportation on the future of public transportation. This paper aims to explore public transport futures but it also aims to challenge and “derail” what current common thinking is on transport futures. It starts with an outline of a rather unusual approach that will use “new words” as a novel medium to explain prevailing thinking. The paper actually begins at “The End” since it is important for readers to understand that prevailing thinking tends to believe that public transport has no future. The new word auto-no-(e)motion is then presented so that readers can assess if a future of autonomous cars is likely; or perhaps “the emperor has no clothes.” Next, the word non-o-sharing is introduced to help readers understand what I shall term the shared mobility lie. The paper then closes with a short outline of why public transport is the future of cities and presents the term transit fusion as a new way of explaining how developments in our past will enhance the future of public transport in cities. Download Handout

Presenter: Graham Currie, Director, Public Transport Research Group (PTRG), Monash University, Australia

Prof Currie is a renowned international Public Transport research leader and policy advisor with over 30 years experience. He is founder and Director of the Public Transport Research Group (PTRG) at Monash University which in 2015 was identified as one of the top 3 research groups in the world by an independent European review of the field. PTRG aim to improve transit research for all concerned with cities and run the free website ‘World Transit Research’ to improve access to quality research.

Graham has published more research papers in leading international peer research journals in this field than any other researcher in the world. In July 2016 he won the best research paper prize at the 14th World Conference on Transport Research in Shanghai. Also in 2016 he won the William W Millar prize for best research paper in public transit from the US Transportation Research Boards Annual Meeting in Washington DC, the largest transport conference in the World. Prof Currie also won the William W Millar prize award in 2012 and is the only person in the world to win it twice.

Professor Currie specializes in research on public transport markets, route and network design in transit, transit futures and social and economic benefits of urban transit. Professor Currie is Chair of the Light Rail Transit Systems Committee at the Transportation Research Board in Washington DC.



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