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Mobility Challenge

CoMotion LA 2019 | Leadership Conference

  • from 7:30am

Registration & Information

  • from 9
  • to 9:10am


  • John Rossant, Founder & Chief Curator, LA CoMotion

  • from 9:10
  • to 9:25am

Opening Keynote

  • Eric Garcetti, Mayor, Los Angeles

  • from 9:25
  • to 10:10am

Opening Panel - Better Transportation > Better Cities > Better Living

New mobility must benefit everyone. Neither the public sector nor the private sector can do it alone: inclusive and equitable access and coverage are essential to building a transportation system that can unlock and sustain real value for a city and its residents. The ability to move seamlessly through urban landscapes can fundamentally reshape them as more equitable and dynamic places to live. What is the best role for public agencies and private sector companies when it comes to ‘public’ transportation? How can better transportation reshape commutes and
neighborhoods? What does the future city, revitalized by
better transportation, look like?

  • Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General, International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
  • Valerie Plante, Mayor, Montréal
  • Kadri Simson, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Estonia
  • Larry D. De Shon, Chief Executive Officer, Avis Budget Group
  • Moderated by Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, NewCities, Director of Strategy, LA CoMotion

  • from 10:10
  • to 10:30am

Keynote Conversation - Electric, Autonomous, and Reviving the Industry

  • John Rossant, Founder & Chief Curator, LA CoMotion
  • RJ Scaringe, Founder & CEO, Rivian

  • from 10:30
  • to 11:15am

Networking Break

  • from 11:15
  • to 12:15pm
Personal Mobility & Street Space
Human Centric Design & Healthy Cities

Parallel Sessions

Panel >> Interactive Discussion Redesigning the Street

Streets comprise from a quarter to three-quarters of cities’ public space. New mobility patterns give city leaders, planners, and residents the opportunity to reclaim streets and sidewalks as dynamic places for gathering, walking, or cycling. Understanding the implications of good street design can help create arteries of wellbeing for thriving cities. What does truly human-centric street-design look like, and what are best practices for creating it?

  • Christophe Arnaud, Managing Director, Bolloré BlueSolutions UK & USA
  • Jen De Melo, Director, Programs & Operations, KABOOM!
  • Alexandra Dublanche, Vice President, Paris Region
  • Meg Merritt, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard
  • Gabe Klein, Co-Founder, CityFi
  • Moderated by Neal Gorenflo, Co Founder, Shareable

Workshop - Home and MaaS: Bundled in Living Experience – Hosted by JalonMTL

Workshop - Competition for the Curb: Finding the Highest and Best Uses for Curbs - Hosted by UCLA & UC Davis ITS

Workshop - More than Minivans: Gender Equity in Transportation - Hosted by Investing in Place

Expert Meeting - Disrupting Disruption Culture - Hosted by SF Municipal & County Transit Authorities - Invitation Only

Expert Meeting - Blockchain, Distributed Ledger and RegTech for 21st Century Transport - Hosted by Intelligent Transport Forum - Invitation Only

  • from 12:15
  • to 1:15pm


  • from 12:30
  • to 2pm

Lunchtime session: A Laboratory for Sustainable Transportation: SCAG’s Future Communities Pilot ProgramInvitation Only

  • from 1:15
  • to 1:25pm

Spotlight on San José

  • Sam Liccardo, Mayor, San José

  • from 1:25
  • to 2:15pm
Cities 3.0: Mobility Infrastructure

Main Stage Panel - Riding New Currents: E-Mobility and the Future of the Grid

Electrifying transport will be revolutionary… but it won’t be easy. E-mobility at scale has huge implications for the built environment, the future of the grid, and the massive energy transition to renewable fuels. Rewiring the grid to charge vast fleets of vehicles will require fundamental changes in urban infrastructure. What new infrastructure will take shape and how can old infrastructure be repurposed?

  • Jill C. Anderson, Vice President, Customer Programs & Services, Southern California Edison
  • Richard Bruce, Director of Energy, Technology and Innovation, UK Department for Transport
  • William Chernicoff, Senior Manager – Global Research & Innovation, Toyota Mobility Foundation
  • Frank Muehlon, Head of Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, ABB
  • Cathy Zoi, CEO, EVgo
  • Moderated by Matt Petersen, President and CEO, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

  • from 2:15
  • to 2:25pm

Spotlight on the Netherlands

  • Mark Frequin, Director-General for Mobility, Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement, Government of the Netherlands

  • from 2:25
  • to 3:25pm
Personal Mobility & Street Space
Healthy Cities

Parallel Sessions

Panel >> Interactive Discussion MicroMobility and LEVs: A Passing Craze or a Fundamental Shift?

What if the future of urban transport is two wheels instead
of four? The rise of micromobility — encompassing docked and dockless bike-sharing, e-bikes, electric scooters, and more – may be the last-mile solution cities have been searching for. What are ways to incentivize active and sustainable personal mobility? How can urban infrastructure be rethought to prioritize people? How can new mobility innovation and policy be balanced through more collaboration between public and private actors?

  • Jeff Marootian, Director, District Department of Transportation
  • Jeff Russakow, CEO, Boosted
  • Claudia Wasko, General Manager, Bosch eBike Systems Americas
  • Rudy Salo, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Moderated by Chris Teale, Associate Editor , Smart Cities Dive

Workshop - MORE LA: Transforming Parking to Places in Southern California - Hosted by Woods Bagot - Invitation Only

Workshop - Writing the Playbook for Smart Cities - Hosted by Smart Columbus

Workshop - The Future of Hydrogen Powered Mobility - Hosted by Shell

Expert Meeting - Olympics as the Catalyst for Mobility Behavioural Change - Hosted by Arcadis - Invitation Only

Expert Meeting - NYC L-train Shutdown: Understanding Implications to Drive Innovative Solutions Hosted by Forum for the Future, NYCEDC & Coord - Invitation Only

Expert Meeting - New Mobility: An Opportunity for Enhanced Accessibility Hosted by NYC Department of Transportation - Invitation Only

  • from 3:25
  • to 4pm

Networking Break

  • from 4
  • to 4:45pm
Shared Transportation & MaaS
Autonomous Future & Digital Services

Main Stage Panel - The Future of Ride-Hailing, Shared Mobility

As the shared economy continues to disrupt traditional mobility flows, the decline of personal car ownership seems to be an increasingly realistic prospect. Carpooling no longer relies on the minivan. It has evolved over the past decade into complex systems of ridesharing: from cars, bikes and now scooters that not only are changing the way we think about getting around but impacting the usage of our roads, curbs and sidewalks. At this rate of change, what does the future of shared mobility hold? How is the sharing economy gearing up for autonomy? And, in the United States at least, does the debate over shared versus individual car ownership threaten to become a highly politicized Second Amendment-type issue?

  • Pras Ganesh, Program Director, Toyota Mobility Foundation
  • Gina Fiandaca, Transport Commissioner, City Of Boston
  • Lili Rudis, Principal, Via
  • Aarjav Trivedi, CEO & Co-Founder, RideCell
  • Moderated by Harry Campbell, Founder and CEO, The Rideshare Guy

  • from 4:45
  • to 5pm

Keynote - Rethinking our Urban Space

  • Ma Yansong, Founder & Principal Partner, MAD Architects

  • from 5
  • to 5:30pm
Freight & Urban Supply Changes
Autonomous Future & Digital Services

FireSide Chat - The Future of the Urban Supply Chain

From global trade routes to hyperlocal deliveries, traditional supply chains are being revolutionized. New technologies, from data-driven logistics to hyperloop, autonomous trucking, deliverybots and drones, prompt us to rethink urban and regional logistics. With the delivery of more and more goods at our fingertips, and mobility modes such as the hyperloop looking to further compress time and space, what does the future hold for the freight industry?

  • Rob Lloyd, CEO, Virgin Hyperloop One
  • Bastian Lehmann, Co-founder and CEO, Postmates
  • Moderated by Tom Madrecki, Director of Urban Innovation and Mobility, UPS

  • from 5:30
  • to 6:15pm
Shared Transportation & MaaS
Digital Services

Main Stage Panel - Providing the Service of Seamless Mobility

With new mobility options constantly popping up, cities must oversee a diverse transport ecosystem that integrates public and private modes. How can each of the new privately-provided modes - from micromobility to ridehailing and AVs - best contribute to the public benefit, and how can city policies shape mobility choices to support those priorities? How can a comprehensive mobility as a service offering answer the divergent transport needs of all urbanites? What does seamless transport look like and how can cities achieve it? What steps do cities need to take to become the managers of their full transport systems?

  • Raj Kapoor, Chief Strategy Officer , Lyft
  • Yann Leriche, CEO Transdev North America and Head of the B2C Business Line and Autonomous Transportation Systems, Transdev
  • Martin McMullan, Director, Connected Journeys NZ Transit Agency
  • Emily Warren, Senior Director of Policy & Public Affairs , Lime
  • Moderated by Shailen P. Bhatt, President and CEO, Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America)

  • from 6:15
  • to 8:30pm

Celebrate LA Reception

  • from 7:30

Registration & Information

  • from 9
  • to 9:05am

Welcome Remarks from John Rossant

  • from 9:05
  • to 9:20pm

Welcome to Los Angeles from Mayor Eric Garcetti

  • from 9:20
  • to 10:10am

Opening Panel: Can Cities and their Disruptors be Friends?

We are experiencing a power struggle in cities – the municipal leaders are pushing back on disruptive mobility providers, insisting that they control the terms. Can the public and private sectors work together in the new mobility revolution? What do cities have to gain from embracing new innovations in transport? What are the respective responsibilities, and are these changing?

  • from 10:10
  • to 11am

Main Stage Panel - On Everyone’s Mind: Data Standards, Ownership and Privacy

The sheer amount of data produced by mobility services and transit agencies can help us plan much better transportation solutions. Shared and standardized data flow can help create multimodal systems and facilitate mobility-as-a-service. What role should cities and public agencies themselves play in creating new standards and APIs? How should data be regulated, and by whom?

  • from 11
  • to 11:30am

Networking Break

  • from 11.30
  • to 12.10pm

Panel: The Macro Impact of MicroMobility

Parallel Session

The rapid adoption of micromobility modes in cities worldwide has made strides in addressing the first/last mile problem and is shrinking the physical footprint of urban transport. While these smaller, electric options make better use of limited city space, the relationship between private operators and city governments has been challenging for both sides. How can we foster a more productive path forward that protects public good and enhances private business as micromobility expands further?

  • from 11:30
  • to 12pm

Keynote Conversation: The Renewable Revolution - Hydrogen-Powered Transport

  • from 12
  • to 12:40pm

Panel: How Green is my Transport?

Walking, cycling, and electric vehicles of all shapes and sizes herald a decisive shift away from fossil fuels and their pollution. How should we prioritize these modes, what policies should we draft to promote them, and how do we deploy new infrastructure and services to support them? Where are the biggest gains to be made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and how do we make them equitable?

  • from 12.10
  • to 12.40pm

Keynote Conversation: Robot meets the Road: Street Design in the Autonomous Age

Vehicles and infrastructure are becoming increasingly connected, bolstered by the advent of 5G and new sensor systems. What physical aspects will make up the street of the future? What services can we expect our streets to provide? What is the role of the public sector in setting standards? How will this help pave the way to autonomy?