Transforming Access, Mobility, and Delivery in Cities

Urban transportation is undergoing significant changes as the world rapidly urbanizes. The American Assembly cosponsored "Transforming Access, Mobility, and Delivery in Cities" as part of its ongoing work to connect stakeholders and advance knowledge on vexing urban challenges.  To help ensure these changes deliver improvements in equity, public health, and sustainability, we must galvanize networks and knowledge into tangible action.  The Workshop brought together key local, national and international leaders, advocates, policymakers, and researchers to exchange cutting edge knowledge on approaches to urban transport in the 21st century.  Keynote speeches were delivered by Secretary Anthony Foxx, United States Department of Transportation; Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, New York City Department of Transportation; and Gabe Klein, Chief Operating Officer of Bridj.  A guiding imperative to the workshop was to seek ways in which knowledge can be transformed into action within three thematic areas: sustainable urban freight for livable cities; affordable personal transport, informal and formal; and institutional innovation in urban transport. 

The Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) workshop, "Transforming Access, Mobility, and Delivery in Cities - Turning Knowledge Into Action," ran between October 28-30th, 2014 at the Ford Foundation in New York City.  The workshop was organized by the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University and was cosponsored by The Assembly, TransitCenterFord FoundationRockefeller Foundation, the Regional Plan Association,  and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.

Read a blog post by Amira Bliss, Senrior Program Officer, at the Rockefeller Foundation.

Agenda, speaker bios, and more information are available here: TransformingAccess.com.

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