Gwo-Wei Torng, Ph.D.
Director, Mobility Innovation, Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation (TRI)
Federal Transit Administration
Dr. Gwo-Wei Torng, director of mobility innovation at the Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation, is a leading figure in the development of mobility on demand (MOD). The sharing economy is driving major changes in the way people move around urban spaces. It, along with the continued proliferation of connected, automated, shared, and electrified enabling technologies, holds the potential to dramatically improve and transform the way we get around urban areas.
When mobility choices increase, travelers benefit. Choice improves affordability, equity, flexibility, and accessibility, while delivering sustainability and environmental benefits. To that end, MOD has created a program known as Sandbox, which has three major mandates:
Sandbox is currently funding 11 local-level projects with a total of $7.9 million in financial resources. Examples of these projects include:
Sandbox has ongoing funding opportunities, which are available to applicants through the Federal Transit Administration’s website. The best way to access further information is to do a web search for “FTA MOD Sandbox,” and follow the link to learn more about solicitation procedures and current projects.
The website also contains detailed information about shared mobility topics, including an FAQ page and an online dialogue resource center. Visitors can also access an MOD Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator (IKA) toolkit through the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC).