Preparing Society for 21st Century Mobility

2019/2020 Urban Challenge Progress


For the first time in history, most people live in urban settings. Cities are the engines of economic growth, but are plagued with challenges relating to resource allocation, constrained government spending, ecosystem protection, creating migrant and youth opportunities, social inequities, labour market changes and infrastructure aging. Thrown into this arena, emerging technologies such as automated and connected vehicles, ride-hailing services, Mobility-as-a-Service platforms, and micro-transit are threatening rapid changes to our mobility systems. The academic and policy debates are rife with visions of new mobility utopias, where technology drives improvements in efficiency, CO2 emissions, and social inclusion. Also prominent are visions of mobility dystopias, where private vehicles control more of the public realm, mobility benefits are concentrated among the wealthy, and labour standards are eroded. Cities now face the massive challenge of evaluating the potential benefits, costs, and unintended consequences of integrating a heterogeneous mix of promising technologies with existing transportation infrastructure and mobility services. Because of this uncertainty, it is imperative that we conduct evidence-based research to guide transportation policy to achieve the many positive promises of emerging technologies, while ameliorating the inherent risks in technology-induced disruption. The Future of Urban Mobility seminar series will provide the U of T community a space to engage on these topics and explore research opportunities with the Mobilities Cluster at the School of Cities.

Team Lead 

Team Members

Past Events

May 2019: The Future of Urban Mobility I ; The Future of Urban Mobility II

June 2019: The Future of Urban Mobility III ; The Future of Urban Mobility IV

July 2019: The Future of Urban Mobility V ; The Future of Urban Mobility VI

August 2019: The Future of Urban Mobility VII 

November 2019: Mobilizing Justice





This series is held in partnership with: 

UTTRI - U of T Transportation Research Institute