Spring Luncheon: Moving to Access—Is the Current Transport Model Broken?

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
U of M East Bank Campus
200 Oak Street SE
Minneapolis  Minnesota  55455
United States

About the Event

For several generations, urban transportation policymakers and practitioners around the world favored a “mobility” approach, aimed at moving people and vehicles as fast as possible by reducing congestion. The limits of such an approach, however, have become more apparent over time, as residents struggle to reach workplaces, schools, hospitals, shopping, and numerous other destinations in an equitable and sustainable manner. 

Researchers have been able to define this challenge more precisely and elevate the importance of “accessibility” over the past few decades, but the adoption of new policies, tools, and investments by practitioners remains slow and uneven across most regions. In this presentation, Adie Tomer will consolidate results from the Brookings Institution's Moving to Access Initiative, which visualizes challenges from the current mobility model, impediments to adopting an accessibility-focused approach, and where metro areas can go from here.


Headshot of Adie TomerAdie Tomer Adie Tomer is a Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, where he directs the program’s infrastructure portfolio. His work focuses on metropolitan transportation, broadband, and the intersections between infrastructure and technological development. He is a noted expert on driving trends, transit accessibility, metropolitan aviation patterns, and regional goods trade and industrial composition. His work has received coverage and citations in academic journal articles and international print publications, including The EconomistWall Street Journal, and New York Times. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from American University and a B.A. from the University of Florida.


Parking and Transit

Parking is available at the Washington Avenue Ramp, the University Avenue Ramp, or theOak Street Ramp. For transit information, please visit the Metro Transit website or call 612-373-3333.


The luncheon will qualify for 1.5 American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) credits.

More Information

For more information, please contact Kaydee Kirk at kkirk@umn.edu or 612-626-5854.