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Plenary Session 2: 5th Annual IATR Hack-A-Thon Presentation

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The IATR continues to organize and hold one or more hack-a-thons every year and to grow its Data Commons repository of multi-modal transportation trip data, which is housed at the University of California, Berkeley. The IATR Data Commons will continue to be used by students, start-ups, and academics competing in hack-a-thons or data challenges, and it is available as information to help fellow regulators – whether to prepare legislative testimony, issue internal or external studies or reports, or to conduct benchmarking. In September 2019, the IATR partnered for its 5th Annual hack-a-thon with The Transportation Alliance (formerly known as the Taxicab, Limousine, Paratransit Association, or TLPA), involving the theme of “Micro-Transit.” The mission of this hack-a-thon was to analyze taxicab data from two cities, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., and Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to point to opportunities in micro-transit for the taxicab industry and regulators. The winners of the “Micro-Transit” hack-a-thon are “Team NYU BUILT Lab” from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. The students will present their findings and answer panel questions on their submission, entitled “Simulation Approach to Plan Demand Responsive Transport (DRT).” Subsequent to winning this competition, one of the students continued his work in on-demand micro-transit solutions, publishing a paper addressing emerging technologies for operating public transit services from conventional fixed route service, through semi-flexible service to on-demand micro-transit (including an open-source simulation tool).

Moderator: John Boit, The Transportation Alliance (TTA)

Panelists: • Kendra Levine, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley • Basil Rudawsky, St. Louis County Cab Company, Inc. • Fiona Chapman, City of Toronto • Jason Gross, Curb

Hack-A-Thon Winners Presentation: • Ziyi Ma, Hack-A-Thon Winner from New York University • Gyugeun Yoon, Hack-A-Thon Winner from New York University

NYU Hack-A-Thon PPT: Gyugeun Yoon FTA Paper:

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Basil Rudawsky

In 2002, the State of Missouri created a regional taxicab commission to centralize control and licensing of all Greater St. Louis area taxi companies and drivers. In establishing the commission, the state determined that four of the nine taxi board members should come from within the taxi industry. Mr. Rudawsky was appointed, putting him in a unique position as both an operator and a regulator, a position he still holds today.

Fiona Chapman

Fiona Chapman is the Director of Business Licensing and Regulatory Services with the City of Toronto – which licences or permits 99 different categories of business, including the vehicle-for–hire industry. Recent innovations have included the creation of an online application portal for all licence applications, and the CafeTO program to assist bars and restaurants with additional outdoor space in response to the recent COVID-19 shutdowns. Prior to this, she was the Manager of the Pedestrian Projects Unit in Transportation Services and was responsible for implementation of the City’s Walking Strategy– a set of 52 actions designed to create high quality pedestrian environments and foster a culture of walking in all of Toronto's neighbourhoods. Fiona's responsibilities have included the development of the Complete Streets Guidelines, city-wide wayfinding implementation, updated geometric road design guidelines, outdoor café guidelines, adding missing sidewalks and capital planning and coordination of all VisionZero Road Safety geometric improvements and carriage of all accessibility issues. Fiona was also vice-chair of the Ontario Traffic Council's Active Transportation Committee.

Jason Gross

Jason Gross is Vice President, Head of Mobility, for Curb. With over 20 years of experience building and marketing technology products and solutions in the payments and for-hire vehicle spaces, Jason has spearheaded the creation of the largest mobility platform of licensed taxis in the U.S., with over 50,000 vehicles connected across 65 cities the U.S.

Kendra Levine

Kendra is a specialist in transportation information, data and research.

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