About Shin-pei Tsay, Uber, Luca Giaramidaro, Perkins & Will, and Gerry Tierney, Perkins & Will

Shin-pei Tsay is Global Head of Cities and Transportation Policy at Uber Technologies, Inc. Her experience focuses on design, policy, and governance for an inclusive and sustainable public realm. She founded Make Public, a social impact analysis firm, and was executive director of Gehl Institute. Shin-pei also served as the deputy executive director of TransitCenter and director of the Cities and Transportation Program under the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Shin-pei served on the NYC Public Design Commission from 2016 to 2019 and taught urban design at Columbia University and Parsons School of Design.

Luca Giaramidaro is Senior Associate at Perkins&Will, and has 15 years of experience in design, planning, and programmatic services for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), Urban Regeneration, Transportation Enhancement, and Multimodal Station Area Planning. Luca brings his passion for transportation design to his projects including the TOD Strategy Study for VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II extension through Downtown San José and the Master Plan for the Sacramento Valley Station. Luca has moderated a panel at APA conference on Multimodal Connectivity and joined SPUR as a speaker on TOD. Luca obtained his Doctorate degree in Sustainable Design from Sapienza University of Rome.

Gerry Tierney, Associate Principal, Perkins&Will and Mobility Lab Co-Director, studies the evolution of urban mobility and its impact on the public realm. A founder of Mobility and the City’s REDCAR project, Gerry collaborates with academia on addressing multiple aspects of evolving urban mobility. He has moderated panels and presented at UC Berkeley, MIT, the University of Oregon, USF, Trinity College Dublin, as well as the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Planning Association.

Multi-modal Transit and the Public Realm

More than ever, urban transit services are in need of sustainable and affordable solutions to better serve all members of our diverse communities, not least among them, those that are traditionally car-dependent. New mobility technologies can be a potential resource for local transit agencies to augment multi-modal connectivity across existing transit infrastructures.

We envision a new decentralized and distributed model that provides multi-modal access through nimble and flexible multi-modal Transit Districts, rather than through traditional, centralized, and often too expensive Multi-modal Transit Hubs. Working in collaboration with existing agencies, new micro-mobility technologies could provide greater and seamless access to existing transit infrastructure, while maximizing the potential of the public realm, creating an experience that many could enjoy beyond just catching the next bus or finding a scooter. So how would we go about it?