Thursday, July 26, 2018, 12:00PM (ET)
Is It Time for a Transit Renaissance?: Navigating Travel Behavior, Technology, and Business Model Shifts in a Brave New World
Travel behavior is undergoing a period of significant change in the United States. In 2016, public transit ridership fell in almost all major U.S. metropolitan regions. While Americans are still heavily dependent on the personal automobile for mobility, technological and societal changes are transforming how mobility is accomplished. This paper reviews the convergence of five trends leading to fundamental changes in public transportation: (1) changing generational behavior toward suburbanization and automobility; (2) new attitudes toward information communications technology; (3) shifting attitudes toward sharing and mobility on demand; (4) innovative alternatives to work and non-work travel; and (5) an increasing number of on-demand flexible route transportation options. The paper concludes with recommendations and guiding principles for public agencies to consider in responding to these trends. Download Handout
This presentation will discuss the main points of an article published in the Journal of Public Transportation.
Presenters: Susan Shaheen and Adam Cohen, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Susan Shaheen is an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a research engineer with the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at UC Berkeley. In 2016 she joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a faculty scientist (dual appointment with UC Berkeley) in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division. She was the policy and behavioral research program leader at California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways, and a special assistant to the director’s office of the California Department of Transportation. She has authored 60 journal articles, over 120 reports and proceedings articles, nine book chapters, and co-edited two books.
Adam Cohen is a shared mobility researcher at the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Since joining the group in 2004, his research has focused on shared mobility and emerging technologies. He has coauthored numerous articles and reports on shared mobility in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. His academic background is in city and regional planning and international affairs.
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