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Technological advancements are reshaping public transportation. New transportation technologies are constantly emerging and could provide enormous benefits to public transit agencies. Autonomous and connected vehicles, mobility on-demand, real-time information, electronic payment systems, route planning and optimization software—to name a few—could reduce costs, improve safety, promote greater efficiency, and enhance mobility options for all. However, emerging technologies, not fitting into the existing public transit legal paradigm, present new legal challenges and issues that must be addressed when representing stakeholders. Also, the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seriously impacted public transit ridership and operations, presents new challenges and opportunities for emerging technologies and transit systems to adapt and reinvent service delivery, health, safety and security.
Transportation attorneys will need to exercise due diligence in representing public and private stakeholders as they navigate the consideration and adoption of new and emerging transit technologies, being aware of the issues and the approaches available to implement these innovative solutions. In this program, Matthew W. Daus, Esq., Partner and Chair of the Transportation Practice Group at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP in New York City, will address the following topics:
- What technology innovations are emerging in public transportation and how are public transit agencies using them to enhance service and promote public health and safety? (15 minutes)
- What common legal challenges and issues arise from implementing these emerging transportation technologies and how should practitioners manage them? (30 minutes)
- What are the considerations for accessibility, sustainability, and equity in implementing emerging public transit technologies? (7.5 minutes)
- What is the impact of COVID-19 on the future of emerging technologies in public transit and the legal issues raised? (7.5 minutes)
The legal issues that will be covered include cybersecurity, data privacy, protecting confidential and proprietary information and trade secrets, liability and risk management, and labor and employment.