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.
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.)
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.