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This episode provides a brief overview of the legal framework which surrounds transit agencies and unions, as well as some insight about the importance of the union and transit agency relationship. Note: This show recorded September 17, 2019.By Jim McAteer, Bob Baulsir, Edward Johnson
 
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 …
 
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: T…
 
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…
 
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.)…
 
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 F…
 
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 m…
 
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 veh…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 technolo…
 
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 commun…
 
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 McAteerBy Jim McAteer, Bob Baulsir, Edward Johnson
 
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 batte…
 
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 t…
 
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 …
 
Special guest Mark Cleveland, CEO and "Chief Cheerleader" for Hytch (http://www.hytch.me), 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 No…
 
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.…
 
In this episode, we talk with Keith Parker, CEO of the MARTA transit system in Atlanta, GA, about the importance of community engagement for implementing successful transit. Find out the three questions he asked the community, and their answers, that helped him formulate his 100 day plan to improve services at MARTA. Learn about the MARTA army and …
 
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