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LA Metro and Via discuss rethinking transit during and after COVID-19

Watch the latest webinar from Eno Center for Transportation featuring insight from Dillon Twombly and Joshua Schank.

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In a few short months, the future of public transportation changed forever. Agencies and the organizations that support them are adopting radically different operational models to meet new requirements for physical distancing, sanitation, and tighter budgets.

So how are cities like Los Angeles planning to safely draw passengers back and address declining ridership? Part of the equation is proving to be on-demand transit technology.

Join leaders at the Los Angeles County Metro and the mobility technology developer Via in the latest webinar by Eno Center for Transportation to learn about the big shift coming to transit, and how the flexibility of demand-responsive networks may play a key role.


Dillon Twombly is the Chief Revenue Officer for Via, the world’s leading provider and developer of on-demand public mobility solutions. Before joining Via, Dillon held senior leadership positions at Dataminr, MetLife and a political risk consulting boutique. Prior to joining the private sector, Dillon completed three field tours as an Operations Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. Dillon is a former Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding member of the Ambassador Council at the International Crisis Group. He holds a BA in History from Trinity College in Connecticut, an MBA in Finance from the University of North Carolina, and speaks Turkish.

Joshua Schank is the first-ever Chief Innovation Officer for the Los Angeles County Metro and former President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation. Dr. Schank, who is an urban planner, has worked on federal and state transportation policy over a decade. Dr. Schank was Transportation Policy Advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton during the development of the last six year transportation authorization bill (SAFETEA-LU). He has also worked as a Consultant with PB Consult and Senior Associate at ICF International in Washington, D.C., as well as the Office of the Inspector General’s in the U.S. Department of Transportation, and with the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City.

Alice Grossman is a policy analyst at the Eno Center for Transportation conducting research in various areas of multimodal transportation. Dr. Grossman has worked extensively on research relating to metropolitan transportation planning and performance measurement, mobility-on-demand and TNCs, electronic travel diary development, K-12 and higher education in transportation, active transportation safety, and pedestrian infrastructure asset management and accessibility. She completed her B.A. at Vassar College in Physics and Astronomy, and her Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Civil Engineering.