The Future of Commuting

The Future of Commuting

Our region’s economic recovery may be advancing in fits and starts but traffic volumes on our region’s motorways have rebounded to near normal and the congestion that plagues Puget Sound travelers has returned in all the usual locations. Even as the hazards of the “new normal” have motivated thousands of commuters to abandon public transit, the people of this region need options that don’t involve endless hours lost to inadequate transportation infrastructure. In the midst of adversity we see opportunity.

So what does the future of commuting look like? Emerging trends in digital infrastructure will change how we learn, work, obtain medical care, and whether or not many choose to commute. Digital infrastructure will also change how we choose to commute. The equity outcomes of the digital revolution are promising as advancements in energy production and digital connectivity enable new technologies at a lower cost. The inherent flexibility of on-demand mobility services indicates that they can adapt and even thrive in this changing landscape. Legacy commuting models may give way to an entirely new shared-ride commuting experience that is at once as personal and private as it is equitable and sustainable.

Verizon and Teague are your hosts for this exciting journey forward in a new world of opportunity for everyone.


  • Welcome from ACES Northwest Network Co-Founder
    Bryan Mistele
  • Welcome from the ACES Northwest Network
    Bruce Agnew
  • Welcome from the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
    Joe Fain
  • ACES Research Report: Puget Sound Commutes Today
    Scott O. Kuznicki, P.E.
  • The Digital Workplace: Overcoming the Limits of Time and Place
    Greta Knappenberger (Verizon)
  • Hannah: The Future of Autonomous School Busing and Other Commutes
    Devin Liddell (Teague)


October 27, 2020
2 to 3:30 p.m


Online Zoom Event


Contact Bruce Agnew


This event is free but registration is required in order to provide you with a link to the stream.


Bruce Agnew

Director, Cascadia Center
Since 2017, Bruce has served as Director of the ACES NW Network based in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington. The Network is dedicated to the acceleration of ACES (Autonomous-Connected-Electric-Shared) technology in Northwest transportation for the movement of people and goods. ACES is co-chaired by Tom Alberg, Co-Founder and managing partner of Madrona Venture Group in Seattle and Bryan Mistele, CEO/Co-Founder of INRIX global technology in Kirkland. In 2022, Bruce became the director of the newly created Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Regional Infrastructure Accelerator. Initial funding for the Accelerator has come from the Build America Bureau of the USDOT. PNWER is a statutory public/private nonprofit created in 1991 by the U.S. states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan and the territories of the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. PNWER has 16 cross-border working groups for common economic and environmental initiatives.

Greta Knappenberger

Greta drives the strategy, solution and technology advocacy, and go-to-market efforts for Verizon Smart Communities & IOT transportation offerings, which provide modern approaches to cities’ traffic challenges including intersection safety, traffic analysis and traffic management. Greta is also a board member for ITS-WA, member of the Smart City & Community Innovations Committee for the City of Seattle Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB), and is a member of the NIST Global Cities Team Challenge (GCTC) Transportation SuperCluster leadership team and council.

Scott Kuznicki

Research Fellow, Cascadia Center for Regional Development
Scott O. Kuznicki is the two-time recipient of the Transportation Futures Fellowship with the Discovery Institute's Cascadia Center for Regional Development. Across the six-year program, Scott is conducting research related to transportation policy and operations with an emphasis on human factors and machine learning, technology integration related to automated vehicle operations, and the long-term sustainability of the transportation system overall. His particular research focus is the economic opportunity and sustainability afforded by world-class motorway systems. Scott is the President and Managing Engineer at Modern Traffic Consultants, the Associate Director of the ACES Northwest Network, and the founder of the International Motorway Institute.

Devin Liddell

Devin is a futurist who works collaboratively with clients such as Boeing, Ford, Intel, Nike, Panasonic, Segway, Starbucks, T-Mobile, and Toyota to design preferred futures in aviation, automotive, smart cities, personal mobility, space travel, and more. Devin also leads Teague's future-focused conceptual projects. He's a frequent contributor to Fast Company, a board member at Aerial Futures, and teaches regularly at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle.

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