“The success of tomorrow’s transportation system depends heavily on our ability to harness new technology today,” said Jeffrey Spencer, Intelligent Transportation Program Leader from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
He spoke at Mobility Lab as part of Tuesday’s Tech Session for the Intelligent Transportation Society of Virginia (ITSVA).
Spencer added that, around the U.S., transit is embracing new technology in exciting areas like transit ticketing, real-time service notifications, and automated steering and vehicle guidance to ease boarding for disabled riders.
All of us at Mobility Lab hope to be actively engaged in FTA’s efforts to implement new technology to develop advances in transportation.
A wealth of fascinating topics like these were covered throughout the session by speakers from a variety of organizations.
Morning presentations featured lively discussions about new tech opportunities available when transportation agencies open their data for technologists to manipulate in interesting, creative, and productive ways.
The afternoon focused on how large organizations like Dominion Power and the Virginia Department of Transportation operate under emergency conditions such as a blizzard or this summer’s derecho. With heavy snowfall predicted this winter, transit will be heavily dependent on these organizations to provide safe roadways and electric power that works!
For Tuesday’s Twitter comments, please go to the Twitter hashtag #ITSVtechsession.
And go here for all the presentations at Mobility Lab’s Slideshare:
- WeGoMil Real Time Ridesharing at BRAC (Peggy Tadej, Northern Virginia Regional Commission)
- Intelligent Transportation Systems for Transit (Jeffrey Spencer, Federal Transit Administration)
- VDOT Winter Weather Preparations (Perry Cogburn, Virginia Dept of Transportation)
- Dominion Virginia Power’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Strategy (Fred Parry, Dominion)
For all of Michael Schade’s photos from the session, go here.