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Friday, April 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT

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2017 ACT Public Policy Summit 

ACT’s Public Policy Summit engages members and representatives of the TDM industry for three days of informative sessions, meetings and discussions on issues impacting commuter transportation, Shared Use Mobility, Mobility-on-Demand, performance measurement, and state and local TDM initiatives.  This annual event is a unique opportunity to learn, shape, and be heard and provides attendees a chance to meet directly with policymakers and elected leaders to highlight the positive impacts their programs and organizations have on individual commuters, employers, and communities.

Why Attend
  • Breakout sessions on TDM policy issues
  • Opportunity to schedule meetings with members of your Congressional delegation
  • Receive briefings and interact with policy makers
  • Share and learn about the latest regulatory and policy issues impacting commuter transportation and mobility
  • Shape and advance ACT’s policy agenda


Discounted room rates of $229/night are available for ACT members through March 27, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Washington.


Summit Schedule

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

8:00am – 8:30am: Breakfast and Networking

8:30am – 10:45am: Opening Session
Ambassador of Finland, Kirsti Kauppi

Welcome to Washington DC given by ACT President  and Executive Director. Followed by Keynote remarks made by Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi. Her presentation will discuss:

  • The transport challenges facing Finland
  • Finnish transport goals in regards to individual mobility and commuter transportation
  • What policies and programs are used to achieve goals
  • Support of Mobility as a Service
  • Exporting the idea of Mobility as a Service to other countries and regions

State of Commuter Issues
ACT Public Policy Chair, Jon Martz and Public Policy Expert Jason Pavluchuk will provide a State of the Commute, summarizing the latest news and information as it pertains to Federal, State and local policy issues, including an update on ACT's 25x20 campaign to expand transit benefit ordinances. 

Plenary Session - Performance Matters
Howard Jennings, Mobility Lab
Pete Stephanopolous, FHWA (Invited)

* One more speaker to be announced

The panel will provide an overview of changes and updates on Performance Measure Requirements passed in MAP-21. Hear from policy makers from the US Department of Transportation on the recent final rule related to CMAQ and System Performance Metrics as well as from State and local policy makers on how the new rule has changed their process. Finally hear about ACT's efforts to support its membership in understanding and taking advantage of the measures. 

10:45am – 11:00am: Break and Networking

11:00am – 12:15pm: Concurrent Sessions

Session 1A: Group Discussion: Local Ordinances - Striking the Right Balance
During this moderated session, panelists and participants will discuss the latest in local TDM and transportation ordinances. The panel will briefly discuss best practices and the latest efforts at State and local levels. Following the brief presentation, the panelists and participants will discuss ways that ACT and its members can push different ordinances and striking the right balance. 

Session 1B: Policy Update & Professional Development: New Policies in the World of Vanpooling
Jon Martz, vRide

This session will focus on everything you need to know about the many changes made to Federal policies related to vanpool projects. Topics to be discussed include: Buy America, Safety Reporting, State of Good Repair, FMCSA, as well as National Transit Database Reporting.

12:15pm – 12:45pm: Networking Lunch

12:45pm – 2:00pm: Luncheon Keynote and Panel Session

Future of Mobility-On-Demand Sandbox
Vincent Valdes, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation 
FTA Associate Administrator for Research Vince Valdes will discuss what the FTA learned from last year’s Mobility-on-Demand Sandbox grant program and the future of the MOD sandbox.

Panel Session: The Latest in Smart Cities & Mobility on Demand
Sharon Feigon, Shared Use Mobility Center
Doug Kauffman, TransLoc
Walter Rosenkrantz, Car2Go
The panel will feature mobility-on-demand providers and others who will provide an update on projects and programs around the nation that are harnessing the new world of mobility on demand to provide commuters and others with options. The panel will discuss those policy hurdles that agencies have had to deal with and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. 

2:00pm – 2:15pm: Break and Networking

2:15pm - 3:30pm: Concurrent Sessions

Session 2A: Professional Development: Selling Yourself to Decision Makers & Policy Leaders
Joe McAndrew, Senator Schatz Office
Kate Mattice, VDOT

Jason Pavluchuk, ACT
* One more speaker to be announced 

Whether working with a board, local elected officials, or decision makers, telling the story of TDM can be a challenge. During this professional development exercise, experts will provide examples on the best ways to communicate to policy makers and discuss what data and information you should be capturing and presenting to in order to promote the value of TDM and TDM programs to the public, decision makers and policy leaders. 

Session 2B: Policy Update: The Changing World of Transit Benefits
David Judd, Edenred
Paul Balmer, Blumenauer
* Another speaker will be added from WageWorks

During this session, we will provide an update on the many issues surrounding the transit benefit, including: update on the tax reform and efforts to protect the transit benefit, policies that allow for uberPOOL, Lyft Line and Via to utilize transit benefits, as well as efforts to further expand transit benefits to other aspects of mobility on demand..  

3:30pm – 3:45pm: Break and Networking

3:45pm – 4:45pm: Concurrent Sessions

Session 3A: Shuttling People Around: What's New and How to Fund It 
Erick VanWagenen, WeDriveU
Jon McBride, Bridj

Jason Pavluchuk, ACT (Moderator)
This session will feature a discussion on creative funding structures/funding challenges for private/public shuttle systems that expand options for commuters. This session will serve as the starting point for a broader conversation around new funding opportunities/policies to support shuttle development.  

Session 3B: Policy Discussion : Automated Vehicles & TDM
Roman Kuropas, Innova EV

Uber - Speaker to be announced
Howard Jennings, Mobility Lab (Moderator)
In this policy discussion, panelists will provide up-to-date information on efforts to pilot and expand automated and connected vehicles. Panelists will then lead a discussion on the implications of advance automation and connectivity on the TDM world. During this discussion, we will talk about what role ACT and its members should take in the ever changing world of automation.

5:30pm – 7:30pm: Evening Reception
Capitol Lounge
229 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003 

Thursday, April 20, 2017 (To be Held on Capitol Hill)

10:00am – 4:00pm: Congressional Panels & Hill Meetings
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch on Your Own 

Congressional Panels 

10:00am - 11:00am  
Mobility as a Service and Its Policy Implications
Robert Sadow, Scoop
Uber - Speaker to be Announced
The panel will feature a new era of transportation providers who will provide Congressional staff with an update on projects and programs around the nation that are harnessing the new world of mobility on demand to provide commuters and others with options. We will wrap up this panel discussing the many ways Congress can promote a new generation of transportation. 

11:15am- 12:15pm
Getting the Most Out of the System
Jon Martz, vRide
Kiki Dohman, Cherriots Rideshare
Carol Cooper,  King County Metro
The panel will feature the work and actions of TDM agencies and their work to get the most out of the transportation system through cost effective TDM programs and projects. This panel will spotlight how ACT members successfully utilize Federal Highway and Transit funds to maximize effectiveness. 

1:30pm- 2:30pm
TMAs and Employers - Playing a Role in Transportation
Bridger McGraw, Athena Health
Tim Phelps, TMACC

Wendy Duren, Destination Sales and Marketing Group
Diane Thorne, TMA Group
The panel will feature the work and actions of TMAs and Employers. TMAs and Employers play a critical role in the transportation system. This panel will spotlight the efforts of TMAs and employers in providing commuters with options and those efforts for the private sector to further engage with the public sector on transportation issues. 

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mobility on Demand - Connecting to Future of Transportation
Andrei Greenawalt, Via
Prachi Vakharia, Ride Amigos
Crissy Ditmore, Conduent
Randy Vanderhoof,  Secure Technologies Alliance

Hill Meetings
Pre-scheduled Congressional visits for all interested attendees. 

(Optional) Friday, April 21, 2017 - To be Held on Capitol Hill

9:00am – 2:00pm: Opportunity for Self Scheduled Hill Meetings & Agency Visits
Pre-scheduled Congressional visits for all interested attendees. In addition to continuing with Hill meetings, ACT will schedule a series of meetings with Federal Agencies to further discuss a series of issues including: planning & performance, mobility-on-demand, CMAQ and the TAP program amongst others. Agency visits will have limited capacity and will be on an invite only basis.