National Shared Mobility Summit Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Fears

Adding to the growing list of large Chicago events canceled due to concerns over the new coronavirus, the 2020 National Shared Mobility Summit, a conference on transportation issues, will not go forward next week.

The decision to cancel the conference, planned for March 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, was made in “the interest of the health and safety of all, and after much discussion with our partners and our board,” said Leslie Gray, spokeswoman for the Shared-Use Mobility Center, which hosts the annual event and focuses on equitable and environmentally conscious transportation.

Gray said the center had expected 700 attendees and speakers for the summit, which included panels on electric vehicles and congestion pricing. The Summit typically attracts heads of transit agencies and transportation professionals from around the country.

The center is finalizing plans for holding “virtual sessions” instead, Gray said.

The threat of the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, has already led to the cancellation of several spring meetings in Chicago, including gatherings for Ace Hardware and the International Housewares Association. On Monday, the American College of Cardiology canceled its annual event in Chicago, which was originally scheduled to take place later this month and draw 18,000 people.

The number of people in Illinois testing positive for the coronavirus is now 11 after state and local officials announced four new cases Monday afternoon. Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation for the state.

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States has increased to more than 500 in 34 states and the District of Columbia — with at least 21 of them fatal — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No deaths have been reported in Illinois.