Past Year

CommuteCon 2017

CommuteCon 2017 featured 16 impact-focused sessions over 4 hours. RideAmigos was thrilled to present this fun, informative, and accessible opportunity for learning and collaboration with industry leaders, relevant topics, and opportunities to interact. Over 500 people registered for this amazing, free event.

If your work (or play) relates to commuter management, transportation demand management, mobility, parking management, sustainability, or employee benefits, there’s a place for you in the CommuteCon community.


8:00 AM

State of the Industry: Shared Mobility Update, Winter 2017

A number of noteworthy developments took place in the transportation demand management sphere over Q4 2016 and into Q1 2017. Susan Shaheen provided an overview of TDM trends, beginning with car-shares.

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Susan Shaheen
Co-Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center
UC Berkeley

8:15 AM

Will the New Mobility Survive a New Administration?

What is the Trump administration’s position on smart cities and shared mobility? Will it build on the federal-level work done by the Obama administration, or will momentum stall under Trump?

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Mark Dowd
Former Senior Advisor
White House Office of Management and Budget

8:30 AM

Bringing Mobility on Demand to your City

When mobility choices increase, travelers benefit. Choice improves affordability, equity, flexibility, and accessibility, while delivering sustainability and environmental benefits. Dr. Gwo-Wei Torng discusses the Federal Transit Administration's Sandbox mobility on demand program and it's mandates.

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Gwo-Wei Torng, Ph.D.
Director, Mobility Innovation, Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation (TRI)
Federal Transit Administration

8:45 AM

How To Reduce Bay Area SOV Commuting by 25%

One of the Federal Transit Administration's Sandbox funding recipients is the Bay Area Fair Value Commuting demonstration, a joint program led by the city of Palo Alto. A key area of the program’s focus is reducing single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) commuting in the San Francisco Bay Area. Statistics show that Silicon Valley is still heavily depending on SOVs, with 76 percent of commuters continuing to use them as their primary mode of transportation. Steve Raney discusses their aggressive plan to reduce SOV commuting by 25%.

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Steve Raney
Executive Director, Smart Mobility
Joint Venture Silicon Valley

9:00 AM

Green Business Programs and How TDM Can Green Your Community

Kent Epperson, Director of Traffic Solutions for the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, provides an overview of the California Green Business Program and explains how reducing single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) commuting can have a dramatic impact on a business’s overall emissions.

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Kent Epperson
Director of Traffic Solutions
Santa Barbara County Association of Governments

9:15 AM

TDM & Commuter Management for Small Business

The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments is working to improve the efficiency of its road networks through a range of employee outlook and alternative transportation initiatives, including its signature Back ‘N’ Forth Club.

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Peter Williamson
Employer Outreach Coordinator
San Luis Obispo County Council of Governments

9:30 AM

Clear the Air Challenge Eliminates 4,234 Tons of Emissions

The Utah Department of Transportation’s TravelWise program has recently posted some major successes, including a Clear the Air Challenge that resulted in the elimination of 4,234 tons of emissions and pollutants.

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Angelo Papastamos
TravelWise Program Engineer
Utah Department of Transportation

9:45 AM

#CarpoolSelfies #Trending

Arcy Canumay is the Promotion Coordinator for the Sustainable Waterloo Region, part of the Travelwise Transportation Management Association (TMA), a public-private partnership that covers 20,000 employees in a region of 500,000. Learn how Travelwise is promoting carpooling in the middle of cold Canada winters using social media and creative challenges.

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Arcy Canumay
Promotion Coordinator
Sustainable Waterloo Region

10:00 AM

Getting Your Employees to Pay Attention to Your Commuter Program

Statistics suggest that promoting company commuter programs over email doesn’t work, nor does getting outsiders to come into an organization to try to drum up participation. So, what does work? Phillip Kobernick of the County of Alameda shares his insights.

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Phillip Kobernick
Sustainability Project Manager
County of Alameda

10:15 AM

Apps for Apps: Incentivizing Behavior Change with Mobility Credits

UrbanTrans North America, in conjunction with Century City and partners including Scoop, Lyft, L.A.’s Metro transportation authority, and RideAmigos, has developed an innovative pilot program that creates financial incentives that reward people for making sustainable transportation choices.

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Aaron Gaul
UrbanTrans North America
Century City Transportation Management Organization

10:30 AM

1-2 TDM Combo: RideAmigos + Scoop

Scoop is the world’s first fully automated carpooling platform, giving commuters the ability to quickly and efficiently source local rideshares. It helps people make more sustainable transportation choices, all while saving money and reducing wear-and-tear on their personal vehicles.

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Jamie Jarvis
Transportation Demand Manager
Stanford Research Park

David Weisman
Director of Business Development

10:45 AM

Leveraging Surveys & Data to Influence Commuter Programming

Surveys and data can generate important insights into commuter habits and trends, but they need to be leveraged correctly to have an impact. Incentivizing participation is an excellent way to generate more responses, which in turn yields deeper and more reliable data. Ma’ayan Dembo of UrbanTrans North America explains.

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Ma'ayan Dembo
Program Specialist, UrbanTrans North America
Playa Vista

11:00 AM

Earn-a-Bike & the Sonos Commuter Benefits Program

Sonos, Inc. generated buzz in the TDM community with the runaway success of its Earn-a-Bike program, which offered cash incentives to employees who agreed to reduce their parking privileges or give them up altogether. Alejandra Reyes of Sonos joined us to explain how the program works, and how encouraging the response was.

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Alejandra Reyes
Workplace Experience Coordinator

11:15 AM

Let’s Make A Deal: Trading Parking Permits for Bicycles

The University of Louisville introduced an innovative bike-for-parking program in 2012, handing out hundreds of bike vouchers to campus community members who were likely to make long-term changes to their commuting behaviors. As provost assistant Justin Mog explains, the program has been highly successful thus far and has helped the school delay the construction of several expensive new parking decks.

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Justin Mog
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
University of Louisville

11:30 AM

Getting out the Message: Marketing Techniques for the Non-Marketer

Mary Fischer of Brandeis University explains how commuter program managers can market their initiatives without a lot of money or people-power. Fischer runs sustainability programs at Brandeis, and has recently instituted a successful campus-wide rideshare program.

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Mary Fischer
Manager, Sustainability Programs
Brandeis University

11:45 AM

State-of-the-Art Transportation Systems Modeling for Personalized Smart Mobility and Demand Management

Dr. Lei Zhang of the National Transportation Center at the University of Maryland explains how next-generation technologies are being used to improve traffic simulation and travel behavior modeling. Integrating these two modeling techniques enables real-time and better-than-real-time traffic optimization strategies, which have the potential to revolutionize TDM.

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Lei Zhang, Ph.D.
Director, National Transportation Center
University of Maryland

12:00 PM

Closing Remarks - Core Values

Evan Meyer, co-founder and COO of RideAmigos, concludes CommuteCon 2017 by thanking all who participated and reminding everyone of the RideAmigos vision. RideAmigos is built on a set of seven core values designed to inspire people to do more with less and commit to behavior change for the greater good.

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Evan Meyer
Founder and Chief Operating Officer