Workforce Mobility Summit

March 21, 2023 | Philadelphia, PA

Event Videos and Slides

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  2. Presentation Video
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Time and Location

Date: March 21, 2023

Time: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Floor 8, Main Conference Room

Address: 190 N Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Details

Please join us at DVRPC's Workforce Mobility Summit, an event for information sharing between transportation partners in the region. Topics will relate to workforce transportation, including first-and-last mile mobility access for disadvantaged populations. Speakers will educate the audience about research, methods, and ideas from prior practice about workforce transportation. Attendees will be able to speak to experienced practitioners advancing this topic and gain knowledge and support for workforce transportation potentially leading to community improvements.

Presentations, break-out group brainstorming, and discussions about funding opportunities will all be a part of the summit. The events of the day are designed to create a collaborative environment for information sharing and learning about workforce mobility from partners within and close to the DVRPC region.

This event #9263739 has been approved for 3 AICP CM credits. Click here to download the AICP CM Activity Evaluation Form.


8:30 am - Light Continental Breakfast 

9:00 am - Welcome Remarks and Introductions 

10:15 am - Workforce Mobility Case Study Presentations

Cheryl Kastrenakes from Greater Mercer TMA will share lessons learned from the Waze Carpool Partnership project, which uses a peer to peer carpooling app to improve access to warehouse employment for lower-income workers.

Ronda Urkowitz, P.P., AICP from Cross County Connection TMA will present background information about the Pureland East-West Community Shuttle service and the continued communication, grants, and efforts required to keep it running successfully. 

Jacqui Baxter-Rollins from Partnership TMA will introduce Getting Around Montco, a new workshop in collaboration with CareerLink, MontcoWorks, and the Montgomery County Department of Commerce that provides travel workshops for job seekers.

Tim Styer from Ride to Work (RTW) will share lessons learned from the Clemens Food Group Shuttle project, including project coordination and how this service gives companies a competitive edge in recruiting, transporting, and retaining talent.

Tim Phelps from the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) will walk through how a state funded grant and employer partnership developed a route to support the employment needs of the Coatesville community via The Outfitter shuttle service.

David Juba from rabbittransit will present on the Stop Hopper project, highlighting early project scoping, implementation, the benefits and challenges of operating on-demand service, and navigating a software solution transition during an active project.

Harley Cooper from SEPTA will share lessons learned about the agency's coordination with Via on microtransit initiatives and the future of microtransit service at SEPTA.

11:15 am - Q & A Panel

12:00 pm - Lunch Break and Breakout Group Discussion

  • What are the top 3 lessons learned from these case studies? 
  • Where does a new workforce transportation project make sense in this region or in your service area and why? 
  • How can we fund these ideas?

1:30 - Meeting Concludes


Cheryl Kastrenakes, Greater Mercer TMARonda R. Urkowitz, PP, AICP, Cross County Connection TMAJacqui Baxter-Rollins, Partnership TMA
Cheryl Kastrenakes is the Executive Director of the Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association.  She is responsible for the organization’s daily operation and development of its work program to improve mobility, increase safety, and further sustainability, in Mercer and Ocean counties.Ronda R. Urkowitz, PP, AICP is Executive Director of Cross County Connection TMA and has been with the organization for over 25 years. Ms. Urkowitz has experience with the design, implementation and funding of community shuttle systems. Jacqui Baxter-Rollins, MBA joined The Partnership TMA of Montgomery County in 2020 as Executive Director. As a strong collaborator and compassionate leader, she’s been successful in securing several grants and contracts to support program growth and impact.
Tim Styer, Ride to Work (RTW)Tim Phelps, Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC)David Juba, Susquehanna Regional Transportation Authority, rabbittransit
Tim Styer is the founder,  President & CEO of Ride To Work LLC. Tim has spent the majority of his professional career advocating and providing services to vulnerable populations in Philadelphia especially those in the reentry community.For the past 11 years, Tim Phelps has been the Executive Director of TMACC, where he has helped lead an "all things transportation" conversation focused on access, equity, air quality, and transportation demand management solutions. David Juba is the Planning Manager for the Susquehanna Regional Transportation Authority, working on rabbittransit. David has been engaged in the on-demand or microtransit project, Stop Hopper, since the initial use case scenario planning stage in November 2017.
Harley Cooper, SEPTA
Harley Cooper is a Senior Operations Planner with SEPTA’s Service Planning Department where she coordinates short-range planning for three bus districts and manages the development of new transit modes for SEPTA’s family of transit services, including microtransit and Direct Bus.

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