Last week, cofounder and CEO Matt Caywood was in Chicago for the Shared-Use Mobility Center Workshop, an event that brought together transportation leaders from across the United States to celebrate the official opening of Chicago's Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC). The event brought together industry leaders to bring about a collaboration within the bikeshare, careshare and rideshare industries. Matt was the presenter for the "Developing Solutions for Public and Private Sector Obstacles: Integration" session.
"The SUMC Workshop event brought together leading professionals from the shared-mobility industry around the country. We discussed the need for collaboration between transit agencies and bikeshare, carshare, and rideshare companies to integrate these options and help people make a seamless transition between transportation modes. One of the most important ways this can be done is though public information signage, and I look forward to continuing work with the SUMC and the other attendees to improve our city's public transportation by making it more accessible and available," stated Matt.
Attendees of the event included:
- Emily Castor, Director of Community Relations, Lyft
- Joseph Kopser, CEO and Co-Founder, RideScout
- Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago
- Tim Papandreou, Deputy Director, Strategic Planning & Policy, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
- Michael Mikos, Director of Strategic Development, car2go
- Michael Bolton, Deputy Executive Director, Strategic Services, Pace
The event also featured speakers and attendees from organizations including Zipcar, Uber, Divvy, B-cycle, Enterprise CarShare, Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, Pace, Amtrak and key representatives from the City of Chicago and State of Illinois.
The Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) is a new partnership working in the public interest as a bridge between the shared mobility industry and communities. With locations in Chicago, DC & San Francisco, they are dedicated to addressing equity issues, integration with public transit and scaling the benefits for all.