First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
The US city of Atlanta is the latest major urban area to consider how integrated on-demand transportation services could help ease congestion and reduce pollution – and boost the regional economy.
The subject will top the agenda at next week’s conference on Mobility as a Service (MaaS) which takes place on May 9 and 10 in the city.
The conference, called MaaS Market - Concept to Delivery, has attracted leading international experts from Europe and across the US and is supported by the City of Atlanta and the State of Georgia.
Recent research has shown that Atlanta is the fourth most congested city in the US and the tenth most congested in the world.
As part of the strategy to deal with the problem, a new regional transport authority is being introduced with the aim of creating a seamless mobility transit-based network for the metro Atlanta area.
Chris Tomlinson, executive director of Georgia’s State Road and Tollway Authority, is giving the welcome address at the conference.
He told ITS International: “MaaS seems to be a natural evolution of trip planning and ride sharing… for me it seems to have the potential to be a real game-changer in getting people to commit to other travel modes and to mix modes.”
Apart from Tomlinson, confirmed conference participants include:
- Robin Chase, Transport Entrepreneur and Founder, Zipcar;
- Sampo Hietanen, CEO, MaaS Global;
- Jeff Parker, General Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority;
- Jason Weinstein, Principal Program Manager, Metropolitan Transportation; Commission, San Francisco;
- Tim McGuckin, CEO, A-to-Be USA;
- Lee Woodcock, Global Product Director for Intelligent Mobility, Atkins;
- Anita Draa, Global Product Director, Cubic Transportation Systems;
- Michael Kieslinger, Managing Partner, Fluidtime Data Services;
- Rosa Rountree, CEO, Egis Projects;
- Wendy Henry, Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting;
- Dr. Kari Watkins, Associate Professor, Georgia Tech;
- Mahrokh Arefi, CEO, Emovis US
Delegate tickets for the two-day conference cost just US$675. This includes full conference access, lunch and coffees on both days and an evening networking drinks and canapés reception.
To book your place, go to www.maas-market.com or contact Kelly Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0044 1322 612055.