Audrey Denis

Strategy Manager at Cubic Transportation Systems
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Audrey is a strategy manager at Cubic Transportation Systems. Audrey has more than six years of transit industry experience across strategy, business development and project management. A New York City native and transplant to Washington DC, Audrey is passionate about bringing innovation to cities to provide more reliable and accessible mobility options to travelers. She is committed to a future mobility network that is more sustainable, equitable and reliable.

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  • “A recent study revealed that commuter numbers, especially public transit riders, have dropped in the wake of the telework boom brought on by the pandemic. As some businesses are now encouraging their employees to return to the office, people are continuing to adapt to a new normal in their commutes as they march back to work. However, changing commuter patterns translates into less predictable journeys that require more agile and flexible systems. Faced with fewer riders that expect more, technology provides agencies with the necessary flexible, digital systems to meet fluctuating rider demands. As we move towards recovery, there will be an increased focus on bringing stakeholders into the conversation to provide feedback to agencies in order to optimize public transit systems and regain ridership. The transportation industry must look at what can be done to encourage pre-COVID transit riders to return to transit.

    We expect to see a continued uptick in people making their way back into the office as we move into 2023. As reliability has been a leading issue for riders since the pandemic, I suspect there will be continued evolution of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) to integrate multiple modes of transit into a single user experience to simplify journey planning and improve commuter satisfaction.

    With federal funding now in place, we’ll start to see the impact next year with investments going towards projects like smarter intersections, multimodal transport and improved safety, accessibility, equity and reliability in public transit. To achieve policy goals, we’ll continue to see increased digitalization and integration of mobility systems to optimize networks and improve efficiency.

    In 2023, safety will continue to be a priority to address the rising number of fatalities on roads. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists, and wheelchair users, accounted for approximately 20% of the 42,915 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2021 - an increase of 13% over 2020. Technology, such as sensors at intersections, helps identify areas of risk to vulnerable road users and determine what changes need to be made to address and decrease safety risks. Now more than ever, it’s critical for the transportation industry to reestablish rider confidence so that commuters can once again depend on public transit to safely and reliably get them where they need to be when they need to be there.”

    2 December 2022
  • When I think of an ideal future for transit, I envision a system that can and will be universally utilized by most, if not everyone, in society. When I look at transit now, I see the building blocks for that future. Because of this vision, I ensure the work I do at Cubic improves the transit experience for all passengers, no matter where they come from or where they might be going.

    9 September 2022
  • Digital mobility is the digitalization and integration of multi-modal mobility management and operations systems to achieve policy goals and optimize networks for smoother, faster, and more sustainable transport. It is important to coordinate all aspects of the mobility system to rebalance supply and demand. This digital approach ensures users can access the mobility system easily and that there is active management to seamlessly execute those trips.

    9 September 2022