Mobility 21

Smart Mobility Connection featuring Allanté Whitmore and Costa Samaras

September 10, 2021

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Event details

Tune in to hear Allanté Whitmore and Constantine Samaras speak on their project, “Opportunities for Shared Autonomous Mobility Technology in Public Transit Systems to Improve Equitable Transit Coverage.”

As automated transportation technology advances, public transit agencies are considering how automated vehicles can compete or complement existing transit systems, as well as the subsequent impacts to transit equity. Capital and operating costs for automated vehicles managed by public transit agencies are uncertain since few deployments have occurred to date. Our work identifies unmet transit service needs based on transit dependence and sociodemographic information, then performs a cost analysis on the operation of shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs) and autonomous shuttles as a part of a public transit system. We explore including autonomous vehicle transit service across three transit systems in U.S. cities: New York City, NY, Pittsburgh, PA, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. By comparing transit systems in different cities we reveal transit demand conditions most suitable for a cost-efficient and complementary service for shared automated mobility to improve equity and access.

Seminar series

Smart Mobility Connections seminar series: As the nature of transportation continues to evolve, Carnegie Mellon University has students and faculty conducting transportation related research in data analytics, robotics, public policy, engineering, architecture and design, and more. Since not all of these efforts are co-located in the same building, or even the same department, there was a need to help build a “community space” to bring together people interested in transportation on CMU’s campus. This was the impetus for Mobility21’s launching of the SMC seminar series. One of the University Transportation Center (UTC) faculty is featured at each hour-long session; half of the time is reserved for questions and answers, as well as networking.