At the Station

Mobility and transportation are at the dawn of the most profound changes with an unprecedented combination of new technologies (autonomy, electrification, computation, and AI) meeting new and evolving priorities and objectives

(decarbonization, public health, and social justice). And the timeframe for these changes – decarbonization in particular – is short in a system with massive amounts of fixed, long-life assets and entrenched behaviors and cultures. It’s this combination of new technologies, new purposes, and urgent timeframes that makes an MIT-led Mobility Initiative critical at this moment.


The MIT Mobility Initiative (MMI) is a 30-year effort designed to effect fundamental changes in the long-term trajectory of sustainable mobility development in pursuit of a mobility system that is safe, clean, and accessible.




Jinhua Zhao

Edward and Joyce Linde Associate Professor of City and Transportation Planning 

Program Manager


Annie Hudson

Program Manager, MIT Mobility Initiative & Researcher, MIT Urban Mobility Lab

Governing Board

Chancellor, Ford Professor of Engineering

John C Head III Dean of MIT Sloan School of Management

Dean of the MIT School of Engineering

Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning

Dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

Vice President for Open Learning at MIT

Academic Advisory Committee

Dimitris Bertsimas

Professor of Management and Operations Research, Associate Dean of Business Analytics

Moshe Ben-Akiva

Edmund K. Turner Professor in Civil Engineering

Ali Jadbabaie

JR East Professor of Engineering

David Mindell

Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Georgia Perakis

William F. Pounds Professor of Management, EMBA Faculty Director, Operations Research Center Co-Director

Daniela Rus

Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Chris Zegras

Professor of Transportation and Urban Planning

Eran Ben-Joseph

Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

Charlie Fine

Chrysler Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management

Patrick Jaillet

Dugald C. Jackson Professor in EECS, Co-Director of the Operations Research Center

Amedeo Odoni

T. Wilson Chair Professor Emeritus of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Sandy Pentland

Toshiba Professor of Media Arts & Science

Yossi Sheffi

Director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics

Hamsa Balakrishnan

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

John Heywood

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

John Leonard

Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering

Asu Ozdaglar

Distinguished Professor and Department Head, EECS; Deputy Dean of Academics, Schwarzman College of Computing

Daniel Roos

Japan Steel Industry Professor, Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Nigel Wilson

Professor Emeritus


Anantha Chandrakasan

Dean, School of Engineering

MIT has a long and proud history in transportation research and education—and strong, multi-disciplinary leadership in the field is perhaps more essential than ever as communities and cities are uncertain about their mobility future while simultaneously facing the daunting pressures of climate change.

Hashim Sarkis

Dean, School of Architecture & Planning

Changes in transportation technology, data and value are transforming the mobility industry and impacting both society and the environment. There is a clear need, as well as a great opportunity for MIT to take leadership in this domain. 

Jinhua Zhao

Director, MIT Mobility Initiative

We are at the dawn of the most profound changes: an unprecedented combination of new technologies and new objectives. The Mobility Initiative is designed to effect fundamental changes in the long-term trajectory of mobility development. 




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