Nashville-Davidson County Council member Freddie O’Connell provides insight regarding the failed May 2018 Transit Referendum

August 14, 2018

Enjoy an in-depth and extended show with former MTA Board Member and current City Council Member, Freddie O'Connell.  He provides insight about the history of the planning process leading to the May 2018 Transit Referendum in Nashville, as well as some thoughts about why it failed.  If your city is planning a transit funding and expansion referendum you won't want to miss Freddie's observations.


Behind the Scenes of Fare Processing

June 19, 2018

Today's show considers the processes and technologies currently used by transit agencies to handle, manage, and control the fare revenue.  We discuss the challenges of both legacy and new fare collection systems, and Edward admits to getting called out for "fare evasion" on the Dallas transit system!

This show recorded October, 2016


A discussion about the future of transit ticketing with Ben Whitaker, Head of Innovation and Co-founder at Masabi

January 12, 2018

We chat with Ben Whitaker, Head of Innovation and Co-founder of Masabi, a London based mobile ticketing and fare collection service provider, about the future of transit ticketing, payment, and fare collection.  You'll find Ben's perspective and insight both innovative and practical. Enjoy this nearly 50 minute discussion about transit fare technology and what it means for transit agencies, riders, and app developers.


Interview with Ron Yearwood of Transit Now Nashville, a local grassroots advocacy group

January 8, 2018

We speak with the current board president, Ron Yearwood, of Transit Now Nashville, which is a local transit advocacy group.  You'll learn about how this grassroots organization got started and how they work with the local transit agencies to increase awareness and understanding of transit.  The goals of Transit Now Nashville are to educate the community to increase transit ridership and advocate for transit system impovements and expansion.  If you are interested in starting your own grassroots transit advocacy organization, you won't want to miss it.

Note:  This show recorded October 24, 2017.



A quick note about the Transit Insight Podcast season for 2018

January 8, 2018

Just a short note to let you know we have several great shows planned for 2018 and are looking forward to some great conversations and interviews.  Additionally, I am working to get some remaining shows from 2017 posted so keep an eye out for those.  Thanks for listening.

Jim McAteer


CEO Ryan Popple of Proterra Electric Bus Manufacturer speaks about electric bus technology and its future in the transit industry.

August 29, 2017

Special guest Ryan Popple, CEO at Proterra, speaks to us about the current technology in electric buses as well as its current and future use in the transit industry.  Learn how the technololgy works, why "range-anxiety" is a thing of the past, the maintenance and cost advantages to using electric bus technology, and even the life cycle of bus batteries.  Whether you are an electric-vehicle enthusiast or a regular bus rider, Ryan will impress you with his technical expertise and understanding of the bus industry.   


Jo Ann Graves, President & CEO of the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, talks about the importance of advocacy in creating successful transit systems.

June 23, 2017

We speak with Jo Ann Graves, President & CEO of the non-profit Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee about the work that advocacy organizations can do to help improve and implement successful transit organizations.  You'll learn how Nashville implemented the Transit Alliance, how their Transit Academy has created new supporters of transit, and what the Transit Alliance does to educate, empower, and mobilize support for transit.


BRT Expert Joe Iacobucci talks about BRT Best Practices and the Role of Shared Mobility in Transit Services

April 25, 2017

Joe Iacobucci, Director of Transit at Sam Schwartz Engineering, talks with us about some current and past Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects, as well as lessons learned and best practices for implementing BRT.  We also delve into the role that transit agencies might play as the new shared mobility services (such as Uber, Lyft, Hytch, and others) come on-line. Finally, Edward asks the elemental question, "What is a true BRT?"  The answer might surprise you.


Mark Cleveland, CEO of Hytch talks about their unique approach to ride-sharing. “Life’s a ride. Share it.”

March 2, 2017

Special guest Mark Cleveland, CEO and "Chief Cheerleader" for Hytch (, talks with us about using social networks to solve traffic congestion.  Learn about the difference between ride-hailing apps and ride-sharing apps and hear how Hytch makes connecting with someone for your work commute easier and more fun.

This show recorded November, 2016.


Using Transit Performance Measures and Why They Are Important

February 10, 2017

All transit agencies use performance measures of one kind or another to monitor the system's performance.  Today's show discusses which of these metrics are the most important, how they are used, and how they help transit managers (and the public) understand and improve their transit service. 

Show recorded June, 2016.