Session No. 3C

Perspectives on Urban Mobility and Planning

The past two years have brought about significant shifts in mobility patterns, a renewed focusing on delivering safe and equitable transportation solutions, and a rapidly shaping role for technology and private companies in transportation. This panel will explore, as we move forward, if and how the places we live, work, and visit need to rethink providing mobility options and designing our streets.

General Topics for Discussion Include:

  • Mobility as a Service
  • Equity
  • Safety
  • Relations to Land Use/Differences between Urban and other Environments

Moderator: Lucas Muller, Kimley-Horn of DC, LLC


  • Tosh Chambers, Senior Program Director, Move PGH
  • Jody Holton, Assistant General Manager, Planning & Strategic Initiatives, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
  • Steve Deck, Executive Director, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission
  • Stephen Buckley, Planner, Kimley-Horn


As the Senior Program Director of Move PGH, Tosh Chambers works to coordinate a consortium of transportation service providers to conduct a Mobility as a Service offering in the City of Pittsburgh. In his previous role as the Emerging Mobility Policy Analyst for Pittsburgh's Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI), Chambers drafted formational policy related to the regulation of shared mobility services such as scooter, moped, and car share. Many of his efforts were dedicated to planning for integrations between mobility applications, and the placement and creation of multi-modal "mobility hubs" throughout Pittsburgh. Additionally, as the City's first curbside manager, Chambers oversaw research, management, and execution of alternative curb uses. Prior to his time with DOMI, Chambers worked in mapping and analysis of Autonomous Vehicles, Public Transit, and curbside infrastructure. Above all else, Chambers is motivated to improve access to safe, low-cost transportation in Pittsburgh, ultimately creating more equitable connections to everyday opportunity and life.

Jody Holton is the Assistant General Manager of Planning and Strategic Initiatives at SEPTA. She has more than 20 years of experience in community and transportation planning in the Philadelphia region, working closely with municipalities, developers, and public agencies to achieve their vision for the built environment. She chairs the State Transportation Advisory Commission and serves on the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Board. Prior to joining SEPTA, Holton was the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Planning Commission and she has worked at the consulting firms of KSK, Inc. and URS Corporation.  She has a BA in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a certificate in Real Estate Development from the Urban Land Institute, and she is a certified planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners. She lives in Narberth, Pennsylvania with her husband and two kids.

Steve Deck, AICP is the Executive Director of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, which serves as the staff of the Harrisburg region Metropolitan Planning Organization. He is a professional planner with over 35 years of municipal and transportation planning experience. Since serving as Tri-County’s Executive Director, he has led efforts to develop the first fully online Regional Transportation Plan, establish an online safety data web application, become the first MPO Waze partner in Pennsylvania, and is currently working on a Congestion Management Plan that integrates live data and the region’s first Active Transportation Plan. Deck became a grandfather this year and normally at this time of year he’s out hunting, giving him an excuse if his presentation is a bit off.

Steve Buckley is a planner and engineer who is passionate about planning, designing, and building innovative transportation solutions to make cities better places to live, work and play. Buckley most recently served as the National Manager of Planning and Environment for one of the U.S.’s largest consulting firm. Prior to that, he served as the General Manager for Transportation Services Division for the City of Toronto, as the Deputy Commissioner for Transportation in the Philadelphia Streets Department and as the Director of Policy and Planning for the Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities in Philadelphia. Buckley currently serves on TRB’s Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems Committee, and previously served as Chair of the TRB’s Committee on Transportation Issues in Large Cities, served on the Board of ITS Canada, served on the Advisory Board of the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI), and was an active member of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). Buckley received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University and Master of Studies and Master of City Planning from the University of California — Berkeley.  


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Dec. 9, 2021

10:00 to 11:15 a.m.




The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891