Transit Insight
Discussion with the new CEO of Trinity Metro, Bob Baulsir, about his career path and becoming a leader in transit

Discussion with the new CEO of Trinity Metro, Bob Baulsir, about his career path and becoming a leader in transit

September 2, 2019

On today's show we welcome our new host, Bob Baulsir, who replaces Paul Ballard (retired), as the CEO at Trinity Metro.  Bob has a fascinating trajectory in transit, starting as a Journeyman in the maintenance department and rising through management to achieve CEO status.  We talk with him about his path as well as ideas for others who wish to rise in the ranks at transit agencies.  Edward also talks about some of the challenges he faced and ways to stand out as an employee.  Hint:  It's all about taking on a little risk.

Note: This show recorded June 4, 2019.

Budgeting in the Transit Universe

Budgeting in the Transit Universe

July 26, 2019

Edward and I discuss some of the challenges agencies face when budgeting and planning for a transit system.  We also provide a brief overview about the difference between capital and operating funds, specifically as they apply to transit.  Edward provides words of wisdom for CEO's about budgeting and the importance of working collaboratively.

Note: This show recorded in May, 2019.

Interview with David Block-Schachter, Chief Business Officer at Transit (a.k.a the Transit App) about apps, data, and coordination with all types of mobility providers

Interview with David Block-Schachter, Chief Business Officer at Transit (a.k.a the Transit App) about apps, data, and coordination with all types of mobility providers

June 6, 2019

We talk with David Block-Schachter, CBO at Transit, about what's happening with their Transit App, and some of its new capabilities, including being able to pay for your trip within the app itself, linking up with ride-hailing companies, and even locating scooters. He shares some of the opportunities and challenges of working with both governmental agencies (Transit Authorities) and private companies to both obtain, and share their data, so that ultimately the user/rider experience is the absolute best it can be.  Both Edward and I learned a bunch so we kept the show going an extra 15 minutes.  We're sure you will enjoy this interview as much as we did.

Note:  This show recorded April 23, 2019.

CEO Mark Cleveland, talks about their New Hytch Rewards App and Program

CEO Mark Cleveland, talks about their New Hytch Rewards App and Program

April 9, 2019

In this episode we get an update from Mark Cleveland, CEO and Chief Cheerleader for Hytch, about their new shared mobility solution.  If you haven't heard of Hytch Rewards, you'll be surprised by their innovative approach that incentivizes commuters to share a ride.  (Hint: in some areas of the country you can get paid to share a ride.)

TexRail is now open and ridership is booming!

TexRail is now open and ridership is booming!

February 11, 2019

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.

Disasters and Transit

Disasters and Transit

January 29, 2019

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

Bob Baulsir, Senior Vice President with Trinity Metro in Fort Worth, Texas, discusses the challenges of procuring transit vehicles

January 12, 2019

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

Careers in Transit

Careers in Transit

January 9, 2019

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

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

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