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Mobility on Demand (MOD) Webinar Series

MOD Webinar #1: TSMO and the MOD Vision: Concepts and Examples

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost: All T3 webinars are free of charge.
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Overall Webinar Series

The Mobility on Demand (MOD) Research Program is a joint U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) initiative, co-led by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The MOD Research Program supports state and local public agencies as they navigate the dynamic, evolving landscape of personal mobility and integrated multimodal transportation network. USDOT uses the term MOD to represent its vision for future mobility. MOD envisions a safe, reliable, and carefree mobility ecosystem that supports complete trips for all, both personalized mobility and goods delivery. USDOT achieves this vision by leveraging innovative technologies and facilitating public-private partnerships to allow for a user-centric approach, which improves mobility options for all travelers and delivery of goods and services.

This webinar series will share knowledge from several MOD Program projects to inform practitioners of opportunities to adapt transportation systems to recent trends in mobility and goods delivery. The MOD Program undertook several projects to provide detailed analysis, supporting various parts of the decision-making and planning processes for local practitioners considering integrated MOD deployments. Topics will cover MOD and transportation operations; business models of mobility providers; planning for and implementing integrated mobility services; relevant standards and gaps in standards necessary to enable MOD; innovations in paratransit, off-peak service, and micromobility infrastructure; a concept of operations for a MOD Mobility Marketplace; and selected findings from the independent evaluation of some of FTA’s MOD Sandbox pilots.

TSMO and the MOD Vision: Concepts and Examples


As States and municipalities start to consider emerging mobility innovations, they will see the convergence and integration of infrastructure, services, technologies, and policies bringing a broader spectrum of travel choices in daily travel. Simultaneously, traveler expectations are changing as traveler increasingly expect real-time, dynamic, actionable information on travel options before and during their trips. Meanwhile, from a system manager point of view, integration of Mobility on Demand (MOD)-related services and programs with the overall transportation system is necessary to ensure reliable and efficient travel for all users.

This webinar helps participants see the linkages between Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) and MOD. The webinar identifies the connections between TSMO and MOD to balance demand and supply on the system. Two recent and ongoing regional and State efforts in this area are presented. Recent research and reference material from FHWA on TSMO and its role in supporting MOD and travel demand management are also highlighted.

Target Audience

The target audience includes transportation practitioners and researchers; State and local departments of transportation; metropolitan planning organization (MPO) staff; transit operations practitioners and researchers; and others with an interest in transportation policy.

Learning Objectives

The objectives of this webinar are that the audience will:

  • Understand how TSMO is a crucial element of MOD visions in a region.
  • Understand how synergies between TSMO and MOD efforts in a region can enable new options and better approaches to supply and demand on the transportation system.
  • Become familiar with some of the recent FHWA products and tools available to practitioners to advance and integrate TSMO and MOD activities in their regions.


Bob Sheehan, U.S. Department of Transportation, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Joint Program Office, Multimodal ITS Research and Deployment Program Manager
Bob Sheehan Mr. Sheehan began working as the Multimodal ITS Research Program Managers at the USDOT’s ITS Joint Program Office in August 2013. Bob co-leads the USDOT’s Mobility on Demand Program and Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative with FTA and FHWA. Prior to joining the ITS Joint Program Office, Bob was with the Federal Highway Administration leading the USDOT’s Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Initiative, and before that spent 8 years at the Virginia Department of Transportation as the Field Operations Manager for the Northern Virginia Smart Traffic Signal System and the Freeway Operations Engineer for the Smart Traffic Center. He received his Professional Engineer license in 2004 and his Professional Traffic Operations Engineer certification in 2008. He holds a Master’s Degree in Transportation Systems from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University.


Jim Hunt, PE, Transportation Specialist, Office of Operations, Federal Highway Administration
Jim Hunt Mr. Hunt is a Transportation Specialist in the FHWA Office of Operations. He manages projects related to transportation management planning and design, emerging mobility solutions, organizational needs for transportation systems management and operations, and Active Transportation and Demand Management (ATDM). Jim holds a BS in Engineering from Hofstra University, an MS in Transportation Planning from Iowa State University, and is a registered PE.

Nicholas Ramfos, Director, Transportation Operations Programs, National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Nicholas Ramfos Mr. Ramfos has been a Transportation Demand Management practitioner with over 30 years of program development and implementation at various MPOs. He has developed and implemented various commute alternative programs and policies in the Washington, DC, San Diego, Detroit, and Chicago regional markets. Many of the projects have addressed congestion, air quality, energy efficiency, and sustainability issues.

Brenda Bustillos, PhD, PE, Transportation Engineer, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Houston District
Brenda Bustillos Ms. Bustillos is a Transportation Engineer and modeler for TxDOT’s Houston District and is academically trained in traffic simulation and network modeling. With TxDOT, Brenda has expanded her experience into traffic operations and management and transportation planning. Brenda’s experience conducting and managing Federal and State projects helped her lead the preparation and submission of TxDOT’s ConnectSmart Project application for the 2016 FAST Act’s Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment grant. As ConnectSmart’s Deputy Program Manager, her goal for the project is to unveil and leverage the potential of a fully integrated TSMO and Active Demand Management system that can help TxDOT and the Houston region better cope with current and future transportation mobility challenges.

Deepak Gopalakrishna, Vice President, ICF
Deepak Gopalakrishna Mr. Gopalakrishna is a Vice President at ICF. He has over 18 years of experience in ITS and TSMO. He has been working on approaches to integrate travel demand management and traffic management programs through his engagement with the FHWA Office of Operations ATDM program.


Jonathan Walker, P.E., Ph.D.
Chief Policy, Architecture, and Knowledge Transfer, ITS Joint Program Office
U.S. Department of Transportation
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