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Convergence: The Intersection of Technology and Transportation

March 24, 2016


Transportation options that were once only fantasies are now at our fingertips. Traffic information is available on-demand, bicycles are commonly shared, and the prospects for self-driving cars have been increasing. Smart phones have enabled an array of mobility options including the ability to call a personal driver at the click of a button or to crowd-source the best possible route to a given destination. Technological advancements are even on the brink of enabling same-hour delivery service via drones.

Convergence is poised to bring together the policy-makers, entrepreneurs, C-level executives, solution providers and business thought-leaders that are transforming the landscape of the transportation industry.  These stakeholders will discuss the critical issues affecting technology enabled transit, the shared economy, health care delivery, and traveler information, among other key topics. Participants will have the opportunity to compare their successes, challenges, and new models and discuss their policy implications in a collaborative, yet focused setting.

Convergence: noun con•ver•gence kənˈvərjən(t)s the merging of distinct technologies, industries, or devices into a unified whole

Convergence will be much more than a multi-modal transportation summit; Eno is setting the stage for a dynamic day-long event packed with expert-led panels, one-on-one executive exchanges, thought-leadership sessions, case studies from our research and a vision for future policy based upon best practices. Open dialogue will be encouraged throughout the day to maximize idea sharing and ensure productivity.  Participants will not only have the opportunity to learn, share, and debate; they will make key industry contacts.

The summit’s strategic agenda is designed to maximize efficiency and offer unique insight into present and future challenges facing solutions providers and policy-makers in the transportation industry. We hope you will partner with us as we dissect and address the modern realities that are shaping the very near future of transportation.

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8:00 AM- 9:00 AM   Breakfast Available
9:00 AM- 9:30AM Welcome and Presentation 

  • Emil Frankel, Interim Eno President and CEO
  • Comments by Incoming Eno President and CEO, Rob Puentes

Presentation and summary of Eno’s Digital Cities program, goals, and expected outcomes

  • Paul Lewis, Vice President of Policy and Finance, Eno Center

Update on USDOT’s Smart Cities Challenge

  • Mark Dowd, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Research and Technology, USDOT

9:30 AM- 10:45 AM

(Sessions A & B)

(Session A) Transit’s Technological Revolution

The use of technology is transforming the traditional models of taxis and transit. Technology is moving us away from the era of the street hail, to the dawn of hailing through mobile applications. In the realm of transit, technology is being used to optimize and create flexible transit routes, improve traveler information, optimize schedules, and improve on-demand services. These innovations are creating opportunities to rethink how we deliver taxi and transit services. This panel will discuss what types of innovations are currently on the market place, where the industry expects to grow from a technological perspective, and how the private sector and public sector can partner to meet our mobility needs.

Moderator: Sharon Feigon, Executive Director, Shared Use Mobility Center


  • Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft
  • Zack Wasserman, VP Strategy, Via
  • Regina Clewlow, Director of Transportation Research and Policy, RideScout
  • Timothy Papandreou, Director, Office of Innovation, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Andrew Salzberg, Global Mobility Policy Lead, Uber


(Session B) Using Technology to Optimize Freight Shipment

The shipment of goods is a critical economic generator for our communities and for our businesses, and technological innovations have the potential to decrease costs and to increase shipping speed. This panel will explore which innovations have the potential to have the greatest benefits, what the biggest policy hurdles are, and the role that public policy can play to encourage their effective and responsible deployment.

Moderator: Adie Tomer, Fellow, Brookings 


  • Dan Harman, General Manager, New York City, Cargomatic
  • Allison Yoh, Transportation Policy Manager, Port of Long Beach
  • Marc Gorlin, Founder & CEO, Roadie
  • Steve Boyd, Founder and VP External Affairs, Peloton Technology
10:45AM- 11:00 AM Coffee Break


11:00AM- 12:15 PM

(Sessions C & D)

(Session C) The Role of Cities in Our Mobility Future

Technology has helped to enable the sharing economy, which allows consumers to access and share mobility options on a peer-to-peer basis, or share mobility tools with businesses. While sharing services creates newfound economic potential, there are challenges associated with liability, competition, and access for all. This panel will discuss the potential benefits that can be gained from a growing sharing economy, while also discussing the challenges and the proper role for the public sector to play.

Moderator: Scott Kubly, Director, Seattle Department of Transportation


  • Marcel Porras, Chief Sustainability Office, City of Los Angeles
  • Susan Shaheen, Adjunct Professor, Director of Innovative Mobility Research, Co-Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California-Berkeley
  • Jennifer O’Brien, Founder, Hopista
  • Lee Jones, Director of Sales, B-Cycle
  • Justin Holmes, Director, Corporate Communications and Public Policy, Zipcar


(Session D) Technology and Data for Transportation Optimization

As transportation data becomes more ubiquitous, the private sector has been able to use innovative analytics to help provide useful information to users and communicate how to best optimize trips. This panel will explore the potential uses of the growing body of data, its technological implications, and how the public sector can partner with these innovators to improve public information and services.

Moderator: Dan Morgan, Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation


  • Shyam Kannan, Managing Director of Planning, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • Prachi Vakharia, RideAmigos
  • Joung Lee, Policy Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
  • Wade Rosado, Director, Analytics, Urban-Insights
  • Chris Zeilinger, Assistant Director, Community Transportation Association of America
12:15PM- 1:45 PM Lunch and Luncheon Keynote

Keynote: David Strickland, Venable LLP, Former Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

1:45 PM- 3:00 PM Beyond Speculation: The Pragmatic Policy Role in Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles have been long been the subject of speculation in terms of how they may potentially shape the future of mobility and our commuting patterns. Rather than speculate, this panel seeks to explore the technological advancements that are currently in the works and discuss the role of public policy to ensure a seamless transition from development to inclusion on the road.

Moderator: Jackie Glassman, Hogan Lovells


  • Blair Anderson, Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Sam LaMagna, Director of Advanced Driving Technologies for the Transportation Solutions Division, Intel Corporation
  • Ken Laberteaux, Sr. Principal Scientist, Toyota Research Institute
  • Dan Fagnant, Assistant Professor, University of Utah
  • Harry Lightsey, Executive Director, Global Connected Customer Experience, General Motors
3:00PM- 3:15 PM Coffee Break


3:15 PM- 4:30 PM Where do we go from here?

The Convergence will explore the role of public policy in enabling innovation mobility across modes. For this panel, we will invite some of the top visionaries in the field of transportation to reflect on the innovations and policy solutions discussed throughout the day and contextualize these ideas within the context of government. Panelists will seek to define the best role for the public sector at the intersection of mobility and technology and to identify where further policy research should be focused.

Moderator: Robert Puentes, Incoming President and CEO, Eno Center for Transportation


  • Brian Taylor, Professor of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Nadine Lee, Deputy Chief Innovation Officer, Office of Extraordinary Innovation, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Rit Aggarwala, Sidewalk Labs
  • Vince Valdes, Associate Administrator, Research, Demonstration and Innovation, Federal Transit Administration
  • Deron Lovaas, Senior Policy Advisor, Urban Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
4:30PM-4:45PM Closing Remarks

Eno Interim President and CEO, Emil Frankel

5:15pm-7:00pm VIP Reception

Location: Del Frisco’s Grille,1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

NOTE: Registration is free for CONVERGENCE attendees. If you cannot make CONVERGENCE but would still like to join us for the reception, follow the registration link below:


Private Sector: $125

Public Sector: $90

Members of Eno receive a 25% discount price for one registration. If you have not received the code in your email, contact Erin Shumate at eshumate@enotrans.org







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