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Monday,June 3, 2019 | 2:30 pM to 6:00 PM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC

Are you MOD curious? Mobility on Demand (MOD) is a vision for an integrated network of safe, carefree, and reliable transportation options that are available to all. In today’s rapidly changing and growing transportation landscape, cities, DOTs, transit agencies, mobility and micro-mobility providers, data companies, financial and insurance services and many others are focused on how to deliver customer-focused, seamless mobility. But it takes work. And working together.

ITS America’s Mobility on Demand Alliance is hosting the first of what will be ongoing forums in conjunction with ITS America’s annual meetings, where we will be showcasing successes and tackling some of the key issues facing MOD’s rapid transformation of how we move.

The afternoon will begin (2:30 – 3:30) with a MOD Alliance member-only portion for a deep dive into policy recommendations for advancing MOD as part of the transportation funding reauthorization.

From 3:30 – 6:00 we will open it up to:

  • Frame the building blocks of MOD with Phil Washington, CEO of LA Metro;

  • Hear from our keynote speaker Hardik Bhatt, leader of Amazon Web Services, Digital Government Vertical, former CIO of Chicago and CIO of state of Illinois; and

  • Tackle MOD’s biggest elephant in the room – sharing and harnessing the power of the data, that powers Mobility on Demand.

A networking reception follows the event.


Full Event (Closed Session/Members Only)
MOD Alliance Members:  $0

General Public Session (Open)
ITS America Members: $0
Non-ITS America Members: $25

Click on the rate below to register now.
Space is limited for both the closed and open sessions.


Agenda Highlights and SPEAKERS


2:30 – 2:35 PM Introduction

2:35 – 3:00 PM   Flex Me the Money:  MOD Policy and Federal Reauthorization

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act reauthorization is taking place as automated and connected vehicle technologies, the growth of big data, and Mobility on Demand are transforming how we get around. These services and technologies allow customer-centric travel and a freedom of movement for those who have limited mobility access, such as people with disabilities, older adults, and those living in transit deserts. This session highlights MOD federal programs and how policy recommendations can encourage deployments and remove legislative and regulatory barriers for seamless mobility.

3:00 – 3:20 PM   Roundtable discussions to inform ITSA/MODA reauthorization policy

3:20 – 3:30 PM  Networking Break


3:30 – 4:10 PM  Introductions and the Building Blocks of MOD

What does it take to truly build MOD? How do legacy infrastructure services like ITS, fiber and data systems or existing transit services intersect with new mobility services offered by the private sector? How does the private sector support seamless customer travel that is accessible by all?  How do areas like value pricing fit into an on demand model? How do we collaborate across regions to deliver Mobility on Demand?

Join an engaging open by LA Metro CEO Phil Washington and MOD Alliance Steering Committee Member.

Attendee “think”work:  For Mobility on Demand to succeed we need to shift from an “ego-system” of silos to an ecosystem based on trust and collaboration. The common win-win vision of public and private sectors needs to be drilled down. If cities and regions fail, if the private sector can’t compete and survive, then we all fail. What ego-system needs to change in your world to build MOD?

4:10 – 4:30 PM  Keynote
Hardik Bhatt, Leader, Digital Government, Amazon Web Services, former CIO of Chicago and CIO of state of Illinois

4:30 – 5:15 PM  The Biggest Elephant in the Room – Solving the Data Sharing Problem

LADOT recently issued its new mobility data standards which requires data sharing from all scooters (and soon other MOD companies operating in the city) to facilitate mobility planning and operations. Other cities are considering adopting it while other entities are raising serious privacy concerns. Ford, Uber and Lyft have partnered with Shared Streets to create a data platform to make it easier for the private sector to work with cities and leverage data to improve mobility. The city of Chicago just negotiated and released information on ridesharing trips while the University of Washington is proposing a Transportation Data Collaborative. Meanwhile entities like the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is moving forward with their new contactless, smart payment system OMNY that includes robust data collection. What type of data do we need to optimize mobility? Who “owns” the data? Who has the right approach? Key players have been assembled for a robust discussion about how we negotiate our way through sharing and harnessing the power of the data, that powers mobility on demand.


  • Brenna Berman, Executive Director, City Tech Collaborative (Chicago)

  • Robert Galvin, Chief Technology Officer, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

  • John Kwant, Global Director, Government Relations, Mobility and Advanced Technologies, Ford Motor Company

  • Jeff Marootian, Director, District Department of Transportation

  • Jan Whittington, Director, Urban Infrastructure Lab, University of Washington Transportation Data Collaborative, Associate Professor of Urban Planning

Moderator: Phil Silver, Transportation Leader, State and Local Government, Amazon Web Services

 5:15 – 6:00 PM Questions and Roundtable Discussions

 6:00 PM Networking reception

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