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Virtual Roundtable: Public Transportation in a Post COVID-19 World

August 05, 2020

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Event Description

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, mass transit ridership and fare revenues have plummeted by more than 90 percent at many agencies across the nation. While relief funds will address some of the short-term needs of these agencies, the long-term health and sustainability of the public transit system remains fragile — which is especially concerning when considering that public transportation is essential for millions throughout the U.S.

As we begin to emerge from months of shelter in place and think about the future, it is paramount that the public transit system delivers safe riding conditions to the millions that depend on public transportation. But it won’t be easy, and as a public service, it’s simply not an option to go out of business.

This panel of researchers, academics, government officials and technology experts will discuss:

  • The challenges, landscape, considerations and potential solutions across the industry,
  • How to best innovate in the face of these new challenges,
  • Strategies to bring back the levels of ridership required for a sustainable system,
  • Technology solutions required to meet health and safety standards while improving the rider experience,
  • How to increase operational efficiency and drive new revenue streams.
Speaking sessions
George Mulhern, CEO, Cradlepoint
Susan Shaheen, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley
Lori Pepper, Deputy Secretary, Innovative Mobility Solutions, California State Transportation Agency
Stan Lowe, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Zscaler, Inc.
Otto Doll, Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government (Panel Moderator)