Dr. Torng joined Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in 2014 as the Director for Mobility Innovation. In this capacity, he oversees the FTA mobility research portfolio that includes several current FTA priorities, such as Mobility on Demand, Transit Automation Research, Multimodal Payment Integration. Prior to joining FTA, he was in the private sector as a consultant focusing on ITS project management, systems engineering and deployment for public transportation. Dr. Torng received his doctoral degree in transportation planning from the University of Michigan.
Gwo-Wei Torng, FTA director, mobility innovation, described FTA’s Mobility on Demand Sandbox program, which provides funding for innovative projects. The term “sandbox” denotes that “there’s no wrong way to play” in trying out new technologies, he said, and that participants can “learn from success or from failure in a dynamic process.”
Torng said FTA has awarded 11 grants out of 78 applications. He mentioned program ideas, including “social carpooling,” not a prearranged carpool but a more impromptu arrangement with different riders each day, reserved parking as an incentive for carpool drivers and integrated payment programs for diverse modes.