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Jumpstarting a Better Commute at Kendall Square’s “Future of Transportation Showcase”

Tech and biotech employees in Kendall Square will have a chance to ride, scoot or hover on the latest transportation tech at the October 23rd “Future of Transportation Showcase,” presented by the Kendall Square Association (KSA).

Play and delight are central to the event, which will shutdown traffic on Kendall Street from 11am - 2pm. Over 500 participants are expected to interact with the cutting-edge (autonomous flight from Aurora), the hip (electric scooters from Bird, Lime, one-way car sharing by Bonzer, and electric unicycles from Inmotion), and the sophisticated (best practices from the Volpe Center and sustainable mobility philosophy by transportation nonprofit Green Streets Initiative).

However, the Showcase will also serve a larger purpose. It’s the kickoff to the KSA’s Transportation ADVANCE initiative, designed to position the Kendall community as a powerful advocate for improved transportation infrastructure and policy in Greater Boston.

Excessive commute times are a serious problem for Kendall Square employers. The Transportation ADVANCE initiative will use the Showcase to gather feedback on the public’s likelihood of adopting various options. It will also use the publicity to launch a series of pilots, such as employer ride-alongs that allow C-suite executives to experience typical employee commutes. The initiative will culminate in a transportation summit in 2019.

“Getting transportation right matters,” says KSA President C.A. Webb. “Improving the ability of scientists, researchers, engineers, and other talented people to get to and from their labs and desks in Kendall Square won’t just raise their happiness index. It will speed the rate at which they can deliver the next scientific breakthrough, invent a life saving drug, and increase the time they can focus on improving everything from national security to cybersecurity.”

About the KSA: The KSA represents 180+ members, ranging from some of the state’s largest employers, like the Broad Institute, Google, Biogen, and MIT to small businesses and startups.

For press credentials, please contact YeSeul Kim — yeseul@kendallsq.org

Tuesday, October 23rd | Rain date: Thursday, October 25th

11:00am - 2:00pm

500 Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA