February 2021 Mobility21 UTC Faculty Meeting Held

February 16, 2021
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February 16, 2021

Mobility21 hosted the first UTC faculty meeting of the year today. The meeting spotlighted the research of Steve Smith, a recap of the 2020 Advisory Council Meeting & Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium, future UTC competitions, and updates from our academic partners, the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and the Community College of Allegheny County.

Third Annual Automous Vehicles and Public Transport Summit

February 3, 2021
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February 3, 2021

Three Mobility21 UTC faculty (Nik Martelaro, Ray Gastil, Helen Loeb), a CMU student (Gisselt Gomez) and UTC Program Manager (Lisa Kay Schweyer) participated in the Third Annual Autonomous Vehicles and Public Transport Summit.  Event sessions included:  Vision for Transit-AV Alignment; AV Use Cases in Transit; AV Adoption in Transit; Impact on the Workforce; Future of Mobility – Autonomous, Electric, Connected, Shared.

Southwestern PA Commission Hosts Freight Forum

February 2, 2021
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February 2, 2021

Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21 UTC participated in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission’s Freight Forum.  The meeting included updates from the Federal Highway Administration, the Port of Pittsburgh Commission,  Staff on Initiatives Underway at SPC, and Current Funding Opportunities for Freight Handling/Movement.  The PennDOT consulting team also led a discussion on the Pennsylvania Freight Plan Update.

Council of University Transportation Centers Holds Annual Winter Meeting

January 6, 2021
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January 5-6, 2021

The Council of University Transportation Centers held their winter meeting, followed by the Annual Awards Banquet.  The Council of University Transportation Center‘s  winter meeting brings together the nation’s leading transportation professionals from academia and industry along with U.S. DOT and other transportation agency officials.  Raj Rajkumar, Director, Stan Caldwell, Executive Director and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager of Mobility21 participated in the meeting.  View the awards program here.

Recap: Traffic21/Mobility21 University Transportation Center Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium Panel One

November 19, 2020
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November 19, 2020

The Traffic21/Mobility21 University Transportation Center Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium’s first panel focused on Transportation and Equity.

The panelists were:

    • Sofia Gallo, Special Assistant for Policy, Office of the Secretary of Transportation
    • Carol Wright, Director of Easter Seals Transportation Group and co-director of the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
    • Jill Hough, Program Director, Small Urban and Rural Center on Mobility, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University
    • Mariah S. Stanley, National Program Manager, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials

Over 250 people from academia, government, community and industry registered to attend this symposium.

Read the full recap or watch the presentations here.

Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council Holds Annual Meeting

November 18, 2020
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November 18, 2020

A talented group of national leaders, comprising the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 National University Transportation Center Advisory Council, attended their annual Advisory Council meeting today.

Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar welcomed the group and provided an overview of update of activities and plans at the centers.

The remaining time was spent by the Advisory Council members leading “dinner table” conversations for the entire group on (leader/topic):

    • Jim Misener: Communications is a Mode of Transportation
    • Rebecca Brewster: Where’s My Stuff?
    • Paul Skoutelas: Transit – Where is My Ride?
    • Robin Chase: I can’t drive and don’t have access to a car right now
    • Ashley Hand: City Streets: Social Cost-Benefit + Vision Zero

The next annual meeting of the Advisory Council will be in November 2021.

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The Mobility21 team is a tight collaboration among Carnegie Mellon University (Lead), the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and the Community College of Allegheny County, and brings to bear the reach and scale of all four institutions.

Tackling the multi-faceted nature of Traffic21 and Mobility21 objectives requires coordinated research, education, workforce development and technology transfer.  This work is supported by researchers spanning multiple disciplines such as engineering, computer science and robotics, public policy, urban design, information systems and data analytics.

The distinguished Advisory Council of national leaders provides strategic guidance and counsel.  Advisory Council members include:

    • Raymond T. Betler, former President and CEO of Wabtec Corporation
    • Rebecca M. Brewster, President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Transportation Research Institute
    • Robin Chase, Co-founder Zipcar, Veniam, NUMo
    • Ty Gourley, Vice President of the Hillman Family Foundations
    • Yassmin Gramian, Secretary of Transportation, PennDOT
    • Charles L. Hammel III, President and owner, PITT OHIO Express
    • Ashley Hand, Co-founder CityFi; formerly Transportation Technology Strategist Fellow for Los Angeles
    • Katharine Kelleman, Chief Executive Officer at Port Authority of Allegheny County
    • Jane Lappin, former Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Toyota Research Institute
    • Ken McLeod, Policy Director at The League of American Bicyclist
    • James A. Misener, Senior Director, Product Management at Qualcomm and former Director of UC Berkley PATH
    • Leslie Richards, SEPTA and former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
    • David Roger, President of the Hillman Family Foundations
    • Paul Skoutelas, President and Chief Executive Officer of The American Public Transportation Association
    • Kirk Steudle, Senior Vice President of the Econolite Transportation Systems Group and subsidiary CAVita, and former Director of Michigan Department of Transportation

Learn more about the Advisory Council members here.

 

TRB Special Projects and Policy Committee Meeting

November 12, 2020
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November 12, 2020

Chris Hendrickson, Faculty Director of Traffic21 and researcher in Mobility21, attended the Transportation Research Board’s Special Projects and Policy Committee.  A wide range of issues were discussed, including strategic plans, the critical issues documents and future policy studies.

NRC Governing Board Meeting Discusses Strategic Plan Development

November 11, 2020
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November 11, 2020

Chris Hendrickson, Director of Traffic21, attended the National Research Council’s Governing Board meeting November 10-11 in his role as Chair of the NRC Transportation Research Board Division Committee.  Topics of discussion included approval of the NRC budget and further work on developing a strategic plan for the NRC.

Pittsburgh Bus Rapid Transit Holds Review for Final Design

November 9, 2020
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November 9, 2020

Stan Caldwell participated in the Stakeholder Panel review of the Pittsburgh Bus Rapid Transit Final Design.  Port Authority of Allegheny County’s Downtown-Uptown-Oakland-East End BRT service plan calls for a “core” route that runs east-west between downtown and Oakland with three branches that go to Greenfield, Highland Park and through several Mon Valley communities.

November 2020 Mobility21 UTC Faculty Meeting Held

November 4, 2020
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November 4, 2020

Mobility21 hosted the UTC faculty meeting today. The meeting spotlighted the research of Carlee Joe-Wong, discussions about the semi-annual research project activity and performance, preview of the 2020 Advisory Council Meeting and Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium, and updates from our academic partners, the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and the Community College of Allegheny County.

From Exclusion to Autonomy: The History and Future of Accessible Transportation in Western Pennsylvania

October 8, 2020
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October 8, 2020

Mobility21 UTC researcher Aaron Steinfeld participated as a panelist to discuss the early roots of innovative, accessible transportation, as well as current and future challenges and opportunities in accessible self-driving car development and the larger quest for autonomy in transportation.  More information and a video of the event can be found here: Accessible Transportation Symposium an Engaging Evening | Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium (wpdhac.org).

Equitable Future of Transportation Panel featured Mobility21 Diversity Fellow

October 6, 2020
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October 6, 2020

Mobility21 Diversity Fellow Allanté Whitmore was a panelist on The Equitable Future of Transportation seminar held by the CMU and University of Pittsburgh Local Government Club. She discussed the role of equity in transportation, next-generation transportation technologies, and local municipalities’ decision-making.

ARTBA RED Divisional Meeting Features Diana Furchtgott-Roth

October 1, 2020
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October 1, 2020

As a member of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Research & Education Division (RED), Stan Caldwell joined the joint Planning & Design and RED Divisional Meeting which featured Guest Speaker Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation.

Megaregion Hosts Inaugural Transportation Policy Symposium

October 1, 2020
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October 1, 2020

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in the inaugural Megaregions Transportation Policy Symposium which brought together industry practitioners, academic professionals, and policy experts to lead the conversation on technologies, policies, and trends in the field of transportation that will promote Megaregion development.

C-V2X Virtual Summit Hosted by Qualcomm

September 29, 2020
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September 29, 2020

Stan Caldwell, the Mobility21 UTC Executive Director was an active participant in the Qualcomm C-V2X Virtual Summit 2020 today where he was part of the conversation and learning about cellular connected vehicle activity and trends including those of the 5G Automotive Association.

September 2020 Mobility21 UTC Faculty Meeting Held

September 22, 2020
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September 22, 2020

Mobility21 hosted the UTC faculty meeting today. The meeting spotlighted the research of the Ohio State University, discussions about the CMU Big Idea and an annual call for projects, review of the 2020 Advisory Council Meeting and Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium, and updates from our academic partners, the University of Pennsylvania and the Community College of Allegheny County.

PA Automated Vehicle Summit Planning Underway

July 16, 2020
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July 16, 2020

Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of Mobility21 UTC, was appointed to the Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit Planning Committee and participated in the meeting today.  The Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation and Community & Economic Development have hosted the PA AV Summits annually since 2017.  See the Summit website here.

Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition Quarterly Meeting

June 12, 2020
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June 9, 2020

Traffic21 Professor Rick Stafford and his Heinz College masters student, Demitra Kourtzidis, participated in the quarterly meeting of the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition (KTFC) to engage with Pennsylvania transportation policy stakeholders.  Rick and Demitra are conducting research on past and future transportation funding alternatives.

Council of University Transportation Center’s (CUTC) Annual Meeting

June 11, 2020
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June 9 & 10, 2020

Held earlier this week, the Annual Council of University Transportation Center‘s  summer meeting brings together the nation’s leading transportation professionals from academia and industry along with U.S. DOT and other transportation agency officials.  Raj Rajkumar, Director, Stan Caldwell, Executive Director and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager of Mobility21 participated in the meeting.

PA Autonomous Vehicle Task Force Quarterly Meeting Discusses Current AV Activity

June 3, 2020
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June 3, 2020

Stan Caldwell, founding member of the Pennsylvania Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force, attended the quarterly meeting of the task force where current AV activity in the state was discussed with public and private partners.

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell Participates in Port Authority’s NEXTransit Advisory Group Meeting

May 19, 2020
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May 19, 2020

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s NEXTransit Advisory Group Meeting.  “The goal of the NEXTransit Advisory Group is to create a [long-term] plan for an improved transit system that will attract more riders, enhance mobility, and support community development and redevelopment initiatives throughout Allegheny County.”

October 2019 Mobility21 UTC Faculty Meeting

October 9, 2019
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October 9, 2019

Mobility21 hosted the second UTC faculty meeting of the Fall Academic Semester today. The meeting featured Reed McManigle, Mentor in Residence, Senior Manager, Licensing and Business Development for CMU who led a discussion on spin-offs, start-ups and opportunities to learn more about the business side of research.