Mpact Transit + Community Conference 2023
The annual Mpact Transit + Community conference focuses on the interplay of transit, connected mobility options, land use and development in building great places to live. Join practitioners, leaders and advocates from communities across the U.S. and Canada where they will be sharing best practices, real-world solutions and innovative approaches to the challenges that face cities and regions of every size.
HNTB is Mpact Champion and support the organization’s mission to create better lives and brighter futures through transit and mobility, land use and development. Diana Mendes, HNTB corporate president of infrastructure and mobility equity, serves as the board president for Mpact.
Monday, Nov. 6
- 10 - 11:30 a.m.
- Transit Agency CEOs: Circling Back and Looking Forward
- Transit agencies are in transition, adapting furiously to meet changing realities. Have we reached equilibrium or are we still in transition? What does the new normal look like? Will people working from home return to the office – for which days? If downtowns are not so core, what are key destinations and travel patterns? How are agencies rethinking service delivery, capital project funding and customer service? What’s their role in social issues? Come hear transit agency leaders – some of whom were new when COVID hit – discuss their approach to this new transit environment, lessons learned and what they’re doing to meet challenges head-on.
Tuesday, Nov. 7
- 3:30 - 5 p.m.
- Mpact Innovators Presents: Idea Exchange – AI for Planners
- Embark on a thoughtful, hands-on exploration of AI in transit and urban planning. In a rapidly evolving digital age, artificial intelligence (AI) is not only transforming our virtual realms. It’s also influencing our urban environments. Dive into methods for fostering a more fruitful and balanced relationship with AI. Break into groups to interact with AI tools and craft a conceptual transit campaign. Learn about AI’s capabilities in forecasting urban expansion, designing safer transit routes and streamlining traffic dynamics. We’re not coming together to laud technology blindly. We want to share and critique strategies and guidelines for balanced AI adoption, learn ways to harmonize human-AI interactions and envision a future where AI aids us in crafting a more sustainable, secure and inclusive global community.
Diana MendesCorporate President, Infrastructure & Mobility Equity