Past Year

CommuteCon 2018

CommuteCon 2018 gathered 500 commuter management professionals, practitioners, and advocates from around the world to explore the theme “Smart Mobility With Purpose.” The 5-hour, information-packed webinar featured keynote presentations from Susan Shaheen, Co-Director of UC Berkeley’s acclaimed Transportation Sustainability Research Center, and Simon Mainwaring, world-renowned author, speaker, and CEO of We First, an innovative and socially conscious branding agency.

Topics ranged from designing and marketing commuter management programs, implementing parking cash outs and other creative incentives, behavior change, organizational culture, tax law changes, and more.

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CommuteCon 2018 Sponsors and Friends
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Welcome to CommuteCon 2018!

Introductory remarks from the CEO & Co-Founder of RideAmigos, Jeffrey Chernick.

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9:10 AM - 9:25 AM

Finding Purpose in Shared Mobility: Shaping and Maximizing Societal Benefits

Exploring the impacts of shared mobility and key areas for examination moving forward (e.g., shared automated vehicles, equity, impacts on public transit).

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Susan A. Shaheen, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor and Co-Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center
University of California, Berkeley

9:25 AM - 9:40 AM

Riding With Collaboration: How Partnerships Can Help TDM Programs

Partnering with organizations in your community not only can help make significant gains for TDM programs in your area, but also can help shape programs within your own organization. This presentation will look at how Charlotte Area Transit System partnered with two area organizations to host an air awareness and clean commute campaign during ozone season and was able to use that collaborative effort to improve its own services and marketing initiatives.

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Courtney Schultz
Senior Marketing Representative
Charlotte Area Transit System

9:40 AM - 9:55 AM

TOMSportation FTW

Facilities Manger Travis Murphy will share how TOMS has partnered with RideAmigos to deliver an effective commuter incentive program to engage staff and satisfy state requirements.

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Travis Murphy
Facilities Manager

9:55 AM - 10:10 AM

Winning at Behavior Change

Changing commuters’ behavior is at the heart of TDM – but as anyone with a New Year’s resolution knows, behavior change is hard! Learn how the motivational interviewing technique can be applied to “car addiction,” and walk away with actionable tools to make your conversations and programs more effective.

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Alix Scarborough
Membership Program Manager
Movability Austin

10:10 AM - 10:15 AM

Lightning Talk - Scoop

And now, a word from our sponsors! Learn about the innovative Scoop carpooling app and the impact their new technology is creating.

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10:15 AM - 10:20 AM


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10:20 AM - 10:35 AM

Denver’s Way to Go-Tober

How an innovative integrated employer challenge campaign is changing the way metro Denver commuters get around.

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Steve Erikson
Communications and Marketing Director
Denver Regional Council of Governments

10:35 AM - 10:50 AM

Alliant Energy Smart Ride - Meeting our Waterloo

Steve Jackson, Manager, Environmental Planning and Sustainability Strategy with Alliant Energy, will present various facets that support the business case for an investor owned utility ride sharing program. including financial, environmental, and external influences.

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Steve Jackson
Manager, Environmental Planning and Sustainability Strategy
Alliant Energy

10:50 AM - 11:05 AM

Getting to YES for Parking Cash Out Programs

The University of Maryland is preparing to launch a major parking cash out program, with the goal of shifting behavior and reducing parking demand. Learn how they went from initial idea to administrative approval, and how you can do the same.

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Anna McLaughlin
Assistant Director - Sustainability
University of Maryland Dept. of Transportation Services

11:05 AM - 11:20 AM

Leveraging Behavioral Science to Reduce Car Commuting: An MIT Case Study

This presentation offers perspectives on the design of workplace-based transportation demand management strategies. It highlights a program at MIT that has reduced parking demand through the creative use of pricing incentives and behavioral nudges.

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Adam Rosenfield
Graduate Research Assistant
MIT Transit Lab

11:20 AM - 11:25 AM

Lightning Talk - Association for Commuter Transportation

We're proud to have the Association for Commuter Transportation as a partner in bringing you CommuteCon. Learn more about ACT and their upcoming events in this fast-paced, informative talk.

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11:25 AM - 11:30 AM


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11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

From Purpose to Change: How to Lead Conversations that Create a Better Planet

Purpose is the key for employees and commuters to engage with your commuter programs. Without it, Millennials and Gen Z simply won't engage. This presentation will reveal how to leverage today's most powerful market force to accelerate your transportation leadership.

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Simon Mainwaring
Founder & CEO
We First Branding

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Smart Commuting with the City of Austin

How do you get an entire city to reconsider their commute? Lead by example. This presentation will highlight a pilot commuting program called Smart Commute that showed progress within the City of Austin municipal workforce.

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Cari Buetow
Environmental Program Coordinator
City of Austin, Austin Transportation Department

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Playa Vista in 3D: Design, Delivery, and Data

Learn about a process that's being used to reduce SOVs in traffic choked Los Angeles - leveraging survey tools to collect data, which then informs program design and delivery to create maximum impact.

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Aaron Gaul
UrbanTrans, Playa Vista

Ma'ayan Dembo
Program Specialist
UrbanTrans, Playa Vista

12:15 PM - 12:20 PM


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12:20 PM - 12:35 PM

Collaborative TDM Technology for Ohio’s Future Mobility

In 2016, the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) for Ohio’s seven largest urbanized areas collaborated to create “Gohio Commute,” a multi-regional TDM program. This new program allows the MPOs to develop and administer localized TDM programs and policies while also leveraging statewide brand recognition and inter-regional compatibility.

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Dan Sheehan
Coordinator, Gohio Commute
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

Tim Kovach
Air Quality Planner
Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency

12:35 PM - 12:50 PM

Berkeley Moves! Connecting the Dots to Establishing an Effective Collegiate Transportation Program

UC Berkeley has established a one-stop shop that leverages technology, trip planning, and ridematching as part of a functional TDM strategy to appeal to their 50,000 students and Faculty/Staff on and off Campus. With "Berkeley Moves!" UC Berkeley has created a blueprint to meet short and long term goals of promoting transit, bike, and ridesharing and further reducing the drive-alone rate to campus, with opportunities to increase social awareness and contests that engage their dynamic population.

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David Sorrell
TDM Administrator and Alternative Transportation Manager, Parking & Transportation Department
University of California at Berkeley

12:50 PM - 1:05 PM

Tax Reform and Transportation Benefits: Separating Myths from Reality and What's Next in TDM Public Policy

This rapid-fire session will provide the latest and greatest happening in Federal Policy. Presenter Jason Pavluchuk will go around the horn talking about transit benefits, autonomous vehicles, and infrastructure. Don’t blink or you might miss something.

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Jason Pavluchuk
Pavluchuk & Associates

1:05 PM - 1:10 PM


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1:10 PM - 1:25 PM

Driving Employee Engagement in Commuter Programs

When he's not busy adding new EV's to Alameda County's fleet, Phillip Kobernick is hard at work engaging employees in their commuter programs. He'll share audience research tecniques and effective strategies such as community-based social marketing.

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Phillip Kobernick
Acting Logistics Services Manager
County of Alameda, General Services Agency

1:25 PM - 1:40 PM

Become a Commute STAR utilizes technology to revamp its programs to engage and help more commuters use alternatives to driving alone. Listen in to hear how evolved their programs to meet the needs of today’s commuter.

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Kim Comstock
Commuter Programs Manager

1:40 PM - 1:55 PM

How Workplace Culture Drives Your Mission

Evan explores the elements of a strong workplace culture, how it supports achieving your mission, and how you can easily implement this in your organization.

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Evan Meyer
Co-Founder & COO

1:55 PM - 2:00 PM

Closing Remarks

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Jeffrey Chernick
Co-Founder & CEO