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Innovating and Managing Transit in the Era of New Mobility

Innovating and Managing Transit
in the Era of New Mobility

On November 14, 2018, Meeting of the Minds hosted a free, live webinar featuring AJ O’Connor of TriMet and Adrian Pearmine of DKS Associates.

Archive Recording

This webinar originally aired on November 14, 2018.


Much has been said about all of the changes coming to the transportation sector with the emergence of new mobility technologies, partnerships and opportunities. Whatever language you use, whether it be ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared) to the Three Revolutions, you know change is coming. Please join us in a conversation with TriMet, the public transportation agency in the Portland, OR metropolitan area, as they talk about how they are evolving to adapt to this new paradigm. TriMet has long been a leader in innovation in transit, including working with Google over a dozen years ago, to develop what has now become the de facto standard in transit agency data sharing, known as General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS). TriMet continues to partner with other private sector providers in a number of ways to further explore innovations in mobility. AJ O’Connor, TriMet’s Manager for Intelligent Transportation Systems, will talk about ways that the agency is exploring these public private partnerships, pilot projects and other forms of new mobility. Joined by Adrian Pearmine, the National Director for Smart Cities and Connected Vehicles for DKSAssociates, this conversation will provide a deeper dive into how the changes in mobility have been affecting transit agencies around the country and TriMet specifically. The webinar will explore approaches that TriMet has recently implemented (such as the HOP smart card fare collection system), as well as new partnerships and pilots that are either currently underway or planned for the near future.


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AJ O’Connor

AJ O’Connor

Manager of Intelligent Transportation Systems TriMet

AJ O’Connor is the Manager of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for TriMet, the Public Transportation agency serving the Portland, OR Metropolitan area. AJ has been in this role for over 10 years and has lead or participated in the deployment of many of TriMet’s most innovative and important technologies, including the bus Computer Aided Dispatch system, the replacement of the Voice and Data communications for the entire operation and the new HOP Fastpass, the Smart Card Fare Collection system that has many “industry first” elements.

Throughout his 30+ year career with TriMet, AJ has worked in many different departments, from rail maintenance to facilities and IT. In his role as Manager of ITS, he works with virtually all departments within the agency, to help keep TriMet on the leading edge of innovation within the industry. As TriMet looks to reshape itself for the future of mobility, AJ will be playing a critical role in supporting the organization in this transition.

Adrian Pearmine

Adrian Pearmine

National Director for Smart Cities and Connected Vehicles, DKS Associates

Adrian Pearmine is the National Director for Smart Cities and Connected Vehicles for DKS Associates. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering focussed on Transportation from University of Washington. For over 20 years, he has specialized in consulting on transportation technology and smart mobility.

Adrian wrote the Chapter on Connected Vehicles for Internet of Things and Data Analytics Handbook. He helped coordinate the City of Portland’s response to the USDOT Smart Cities Challenge and is co-chair of the Smart Cities Lab coordinated by the Technology Association of Oregon, which manages the local efforts in the Global Cities Team Challenge.


November 14, 2018
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Meeting of the Minds
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