About 200 transportation enthusiasts converged on the Georgia Tech campus on Saturday to attend TransportationCamp South. The “unconference” invited participants to explore the intersection of transportation and technology, and discussions covered everything from drafting a transit rider’s bill of rights to crowdfunding transportation improvements.
Creative Loafing, the Atlanta-area blog, was in attendance and summarized the event. Some highlights:
- In a session called “Return on investment? Conservatives for transit?”participants discussed the challenges of making the case for transit to fiscal conservatives.
- Lyle Harris, communications director for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority described the agency’s plans to “embrace its loyal riders and woo new straphangers.”
- Matt Johnson, a contributor to Greater Greater Washington, talked about the early history of MARTA and urged advocates not to give up hope despite the failure of a recent funding initiative.
Other discussions covered mobile payment options, the impact of robot cars, open-source tools for community-based planning, and the ever-popular transportation pick-up lines. The day’s schedule and some session notes are available on the TransportationCamp website.
Georgia Tech teamed up with OpenPlans and Imagine Atlanta to host the forum, which marked the first time that TransportationCamp was held in the Southeast. Link to full story in Creative Loafing.
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