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Transit Research Symposium

2nd Annual Transit Symposium

The UC Davis Transit Research Center invites you to the Second Annual Transit Research Symposium 


May 10 at The UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center!

This invitation-only event showcases transit research underway at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies Transit Research Center. 

Morning Research Sessions 

  • Innovations in Transit 
  • Shared use mobility challenges and opportunities 

Afternoon Workshops

Join us in the afternoon for a hands-on workshop where public transit stakeholders, practitioners, policy makers, and researchers will formulate a critical research agenda for public transit. Come prepared to dig into 

  • Transit’s fiscal cliff
  • Ridership recovery
  • Microtransit as a service model
  • Electrification of transit

The cost of the symposium is $25 until April 21, then $40 until May 5. Scholarship opportunities will be available if requested. If you have any questions pertaining to registration or scholarship opportunities please contact Cristina Etcheverry, Event Coordinator at cfetcheverry@ucdavis.edu.


Symposium Agenda

 8:30 a.m. Coffee and Registration/Check in
 9:00 a.m.

Welcome / Opening Remarks
Susie Pike Cayar, Director, Transit Research Center, ITS-Davis
Kari Edison Watkins, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis

9:15 a.m. Keynote
Michael Pimental, Director, California Transit Association
 9:45 a.m. Session 1: Innovations in Transit
Moderator: Avital Shavit, 
Senior Director of Innovation at LA Metro
Presenter 1: Kari Edison Watkins
Innovations to Reverse Transit Ridership Declines
Presenter 2: Brian Harold
The Los Angeles Mobility Wallet: A Universal Basic Mobility Pilot
Presenter 3: Susie Pike Cayar – Agency Adoption Innovations: Challenges and Opportunities
10:45 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Session 2: Multimodal Transit  Planning
Moderator: Dillon Fitch Polse
, Co-Director BicyclingPlus, ITS-Davis
Presenter 1: Elisa Barbour – Transportation funding (active modes and transit vs. Infrastructure)
Presenter 2: Caroline Lecompte – High-Speed Rail: Lessons Learned from Abroad
Presenter 3: Reid Passmore – Modeling Bike + Transit Trips Using Shortest Path Routing and RAPTOR
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Research Needs Workshops
Small group discussions
  • Transit’s fiscal cliff and ridership recovery
    Facilitators: Jesus Barajas and Maha Ahmad
    Discussion Lead: Amy Thompson, Transform
  • Transit data and information flow
    Facilitators: Mollie Cohen D’Agostino and Marcus Chan
    Discussion Lead: Hunter Owens, California Integrated Mobility Project
  • Microtransit as a service model
    Facilitator: Bailey Affolter
    Discussion Lead: Autumn Bernstein, Yolo County Transportation District
  • Electrification of transit
    Facilitors: Gil Tal and Kevin Rios
    Discussion Lead: Katrina Sutton, CalStart
3:00 p.m. Report back / mix up groups and share outcomes
3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
Susan Handy, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis
4:00 p.m. Poster Session and Reception
6:00 p.m. End of Symposium