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Mobility on Demand (MOD) Webinar Series

MOD Webinar #2: Mobility on Demand: Past, Present, and Future

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
Cost: All T3 webinars are free of charge.
PDH: 1.5 View PDH Policy

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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 (USDOT) 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 USDOT.

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.

MOD: Past, Present, and Future


This webinar will introduce the overall MOD Research Program. Bob Sheehan (ITS JPO) will present an overview of the MOD Program and define key terms for the audience. Following the overview material, Gwo-Wei Torng (FTA) will provide a general update on the MOD Sandbox pilot projects and discuss FTA’s future plans for enhancing mobility options for all users. A FTA MOD Sandbox site will share information about their project, including project goals, solutions deployed, and initial outcomes and lessons learned. FTA’s Innovative Knowledge Accelerator Program will present best practices gathered throughout the MOD On-Ramp program and from other deployments across the U.S. This webinar will conclude with current and future publications and resources developed by USDOT to support the deployment of MOD in local communities.

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 for the audience to:

  • Understand basic MOD terminology.
  • Understand how MOD efforts in a region can enable new options and better approaches to supply and demand on the transportation system.
  • Be aware of ongoing and future mobility efforts within ITS JPO and FTA.
  • Learn about best practices and on-the-ground experiences from MOD deployments.
  • Be aware of recent and future USDOT resources and tools available to practitioners to advance MOD activities in their regions and local communities.


Bob Sheehan, U.S. Department of Transportation, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Joint Program Office, Multimodal ITS Research and Deployment Program Manager


Bob Sheehan, Multimodal Program Manager, ITS Joint Program Office

Gwo-Wei Torng, Director of Mobility Innovation, FTA Office of Transit Research, Demonstration and Innovation

Penny Grellier, Business Partnership Administrator, Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation (Pierce Transit)

Prashanth Gururaja, Program Director, Shared Use Mobility Center


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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