Today we speak with Paul Ballard, CEO of Trinity Metro in Fort Worth, Texas (and one of our regular co-hosts) about the grand opening of their new 27 mile commuter rail service from downtown Fort Worth to the Dallas-Fort Worth International airport. Paul walks us though some of the challenges of building these projects, including working with the Federal Railroad Administration in the midst of a government shutdown, as well as early ridership numbers. If you are someone who loves the nitty-gritty of railroads, this is a show you won't want to miss.
On today's show we discuss transit's role in preparing, mitigating, and managing for all types of disasters. This includes natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes to medical disasters and even terrorism. We discuss how transit agencies play a role as part of a city or state's team in managing the disaster, as well as what transit agencies must do to prepare themselves for these events.
Note: This show recorded August, 2017
Bob Baulsir, Senior Vice President with Trinity Metro in Fort Worth, Texas, discusses the challenges of procuring transit vehicles
Have you ever wondered how transit agencies procure their vehicles? If not, you should know that it is not as simple as going to a dealer and buying them "off the lot". Today's special guest covers the ins-and-outs of vehicle procurement, federal requirements, bus manufacturing, and the many aspects of what's needed when buying a bus or transit vehicle. We get into the weeds a bit on this show, but if you aren't in the transit world, and even if you are, the complexity of the vehicle procurement process might surprise you.
Note: This show recorded June, 2018
Today's show focuses on our personal experiences finding careers in transit, as well as the various jobs and aspects of working in public transportation. If you are interested in learning how to break into the transit world as a possible career, or just curious about working for a transit agency, Paul, Edward, and I share some personal nuggets that you won't want to miss.
Note: This show recorded August, 2017.
Nashville-Davidson County Council member Freddie O’Connell provides insight regarding the failed May 2018 Transit Referendum
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
CEO Ryan Popple of Proterra Electric Bus Manufacturer speaks about electric bus technology and its future in the transit industry.
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.