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Democratized Data Access: the Key to Managing Urban Mobility in Cities

Democratized Data Access: the Key to Managing Urban Mobility in Cities

On August 20, 2019, at 10 am PT, Meeting of the Minds hosted a free, live webinar featuring Heather Marx of the Seattle Department of Transportation and Rachel Zack of Remix.

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This webinar originally aired on August 20, 2019.


Remix is a software platform for cities to design and manage their transportation system. This includes public transit, new mobility options like scooters and bikes, and the streets they operate on. Core to what Remix provides, is the democratization of access to data, and coordinated communications between departments, and mobility providers. Policy Strategist, Rachel Zack, will share how Remix is disrupting data silos between transportation teams by democratizing data access to all mobility modes in a single platform, and why that is essential to making the most of the current mobility revolution.

No one understands the importance of fast, informed and coordinated communication between agencies more than Heather Marx. Heather is the Director of Downtown Mobility for the Seattle Department of Transportation. This past year, Heather has overseen the longest major highway closure the Puget Sound Region has ever seen, as well as a major transit change that brought an additional 800 buses a day onto downtown surface streets. Seattle’s rapid population growth has spurred private development and public infrastructure investments that are changing Seattle’s traffic patterns and affecting hundreds of thousands of commuters. Heather will share how the Seattle Department of Transportation managed this shut down with the Meeting of the Minds audience, adding real-life examples to the types of challenges that Departments of Transportation across the country face daily.


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Heather Marx

Heather Marx

Director of Downtown Mobility, Seattle Department of Transportation

Heather Marx has 25 years of experience in transportation, state and local government, and communications. Heather was recently named SDOT’s Director of Downtown Mobility, guiding SDOT’s approach to ensuring mobility for the traveling public through an unprecedented era of public and private development. The reconfiguration of SR-99, the end of joint operations in the downtown transit tunnel, the advent of light rail expansion, and a robust development environment demand new ways of getting around. Previously she served as the interim director for the Street Use Division and managed SDOT’s Project and Construction Coordination Office (PCCO). Prior to her work with the PCCO, she managed Seattle Major Projects at King County Metro Transit and served as the deputy director of SDOT’s Traffic Management division. She lives in West Seattle with her husband, two sons and an overly affectionate bulldog.
Rachel Zack

Rachel Zack

Policy Strategist, Remix

Rachel Zack is a policy strategist at Remix, where she is researching policy related to dockless programs, ride-hailing and autonomous vehicles. She is exploring how cities can work collaboratively with private mobility providers to deliver on safer infrastructure and more equitable mobility systems. Before joining Remix, Rachel consulted for agencies across the country on strategic planning for shared mobility and autonomous vehicles. Her work in the field received the Caltrans Excellence in Transportation Award in WTS Innovative Transportation Solutions Award.


August 20, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Meeting of the Minds
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