Recover and Thrive Regulating Mobility in a Disrupted World

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June 17, 2020

Building new transport infrastructure can be a complex, expensive, and time-consuming process, and public bodies must maximize value from their existing assets. One asset is proving increasingly valuable: data. And every day it’s becoming cheaper, higher quality, and more abundant.

Data analysis is an increasingly essential tool for regulators and other public transit decision-makers. This is especially the case as transit systems adjust to dramatic changes resulting from government efforts to control the Covid-19 pandemic, enabling managers to understand user patterns as they fluctuate due to stay-at-home orders or lock-downs.

Yet the collection and use of data brings a number of challenges, especially for regulators. Privacy is one issue: any transit system depends on the trust of travellers. Of equal importance is cybersecurity: breach in any single part of an integrated system can have wide-ranging implications, undoing years of hard work and goodwill.

At this webinar, experts from the public and private sectors explored how governments can support and accelerate data sharing between transport strategists, planners and operators, while creating regulatory frameworks to safeguard privacy, data rights, and open competition. It also considered common obstacles to data-sharing – such as those around competition, interoperability and ethics.

Aimed at civil service regulators, digital specialists, business owners, and transport, infrastructure and data policymakers, the webinar sets out some key principles to help guide regulators and transit authorities as they seek to bring more innovation to transit while safeguarding the common good.

Watch on demand to learn how we can get data – and transit users – moving more easily.