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T3 Webinar Overview

FTA Transit Automation Research: Transit Bus Automation Market Assessment

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) Professional Capacity Building (PCB) Program invites you to an upcoming Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) Webinar.

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
Cost: All T3 and T3e webinars are free of charge.
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The Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) and T3e Webinars are brought to you by the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Professional Capacity Building (PCB) Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) ITS Joint Program Office (JPO). References in this webinar to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the U.S. DOT.


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has conducted research on conceptual ideas, prototypes, and commercially available products related to automated vehicle technologies for transit bus operations. The emerging automated transit bus market has received enthusiastic media coverage, but stakeholders may not clearly understand the difference between conceptual ideas, prototype systems, and available products. To help align expectations with reality and assist in transit agency planning, this market assessment report conveys the state of automated transit bus technology in terms of its availability, capabilities, and limitations. It aims to inform FTA, transit agencies, and other transit industry stakeholders interested in understanding the market. This market assessment considers automation at all levels and a broad definition of transit bus, including a range of passenger capacities and both traditional and novel vehicle designs.

Target Audience

The target audience includes public transportation practitioners and researchers; State and local departments of transportation; transit industry representatives; vehicle automation developers and suppliers; and others with an interest in public transportation policy.

Learning Objectives

The objectives of this webinar is that the audience will:

  • Understand the difference between automated transit bus technologies that are conceptual ideas, prototype systems, and available products.
  • Know more about the state of automated transit bus technology in terms of its availability, capabilities, and limitations.
  • Understand some of the challenges to developing and commercializing automated vehicle technology for transit buses.


Steve Mortensen, Senior ITS Engineer, Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation, Federal Transit Administration
Steve Mortensen Steve Mortensen is a Senior Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Engineer with the FTA Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation. Mr. Mortensen is the co-manager of FTA’s Transit Automation Research Program and the project manager for a number of transit automation research tasks and activities. He is involved in the Mobility on Demand (MOD) research program, including co-management of the MOD Sandbox Demonstrations independent evaluation. Mr. Mortensen is also the FTA lead for the U.S. DOT’s Connected Vehicle for Safety program. Prior to FTA, Mr. Mortensen worked at Noblis, providing ITS program technical and management support to the ITS Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) and FTA in the areas of transit fleet management, human services transportation coordination, electronic payment, traveler information, and rail transit ITS. Mr. Mortensen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Community and Regional Planning degree from Iowa State University.


Joshua Cregger, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, U.S. DOT
Joshua Cregger Joshua Cregger is a Technology Policy Analyst in the Technology Innovation and Policy Division at Volpe. Mr. Cregger supports a variety of work related to connected and automated vehicles, as well as the data gathered using those technologies. In addition to his work with FTA, Mr. Cregger provides support to the ITS JPO, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and other U.S. DOT modal administrations. Prior to joining Volpe, Mr. Cregger worked for the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During his time at CAR, he co-authored numerous studies on a variety of topics, including connected and automated vehicles, other advanced automotive and manufacturing technologies, and economic development.

Greg Walker, Associate Vice President/Senior Manager, Business Strategy, Americas Transportation Business Line, AECOM
Greg Walker Greg Walker, Senior Manager with AECOM’s transportation practice, has 28 years of experience in transportation system planning and major program development, including more than $30 billion in transit program investment and $4.4 billion in high-priority roadway investment. His transit background includes project and program development related to all bus and rail modes. Mr. Walker has served as the Planning and Development Director for Sound Transit and Deputy Planning Director for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Currently he is helping to manage a 13-agency Automated Bus Consortium project.

Jean Ruestman, Administrator, Michigan DOT Office of Passenger Transportation
Jean Ruestman Jean Ruestman is the Administrator of the Office of Passenger Transportation at the Michigan DOT where she has worked for over 28 years. She has overall responsibility for the Office of Passenger Transportation’s statewide programs and applicable safety and regulatory functions. This includes the department’s relationship with the transit industry; statewide intercity bus programs; bus regulatory program; marine passenger services, terminals, and facilities; and local public bus transportation services under the State Comprehensive Fund and Federal bus and marine transit programs under the U.S. DOT. Ms. Ruestman is also co-chair of the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB’s) Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies Committee (AP020).


Jonathan Walker, P.E., Ph.D.
Chief Policy, Architecture, and Knowledge Transfer, ITS Joint Program Office
U.S. Department of Transportation
(202) 366-2199

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