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Hosted by Paul Comfort, Transit Unplugged shares the stories, challenges, and successes of the top transit professionals from around the world. Learn the inside story about public transit from the people who run it. Get the inside scoop on the latest public transit news. Transit Unplugged is brought to you by Trapeze Group.
 
Welcome to Making a living Unplugged - the podcast! Okay so it doesn't have all bells and whistles of my SiriusXM show but it doesn't come with a subscription fee either. I have heard from so many of you via my Facebook radio page that you appreciate the positive encouragement I deliver on air. Well here it is in purest and simplest form!
 
The International Association of Public Transport Australia/New Zealand (UITPANZ) podcast series, Women Who Move Nations, features interviews with public transport leaders from Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Each guest shares her insights on the big issues impacting mobility today along with their career journeys. Hosted by UITPANZ Executive Director, Michelle Batsas.
 
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In the public transit industry, we are all standing on the shoulders of giants. People who set the stage for the progress we're making now. The next several episodes on Transit Unplugged epitomize this fact looking back powering our way forward. This week Paul talks with Karen Philibrick, Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute. N…
 
On today's special edition of Transit Unplugged. We want it to honor the memory of Jeff Parker, CEO of MARTA in Atlanta, after his recent tragic death. He was a strong leader for his city and our industry, and will be sorely missed. Original show notes from February, 2020: “While we have to think about the future, we also have to think about the he…
 
This week Paul catches up with Laura Koprowski, CEO of Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) and they talk about Laura's plan to revitalize TARTA with a new leadership team, new branding, and a new focus on customer experience. Laura and Paul also talk about the successful ballot measures that will help TARTA expand service and have a stab…
 
This week we have a special double interview episode on Transit Unplugged News and Views. Paul, and special guest Mischa Wanek-Libman Executive Editor of Mass Transit Magazine, speak with two of Mass Transit's 40 Under 40 honorees. We start the show with Shofi Ull Azum, MBA, Operational Innovations and Performance Manager, Kansas City Area Transpor…
 
This week Paul chats with Kevin Quinn, CEO of TransLink in Vancouver, BC. Kevin succeeded Paul as CEO of MTA Baltimore and now is the head of a multi-city transit network in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Kevin talks about managing North America's largest autonomous subway systems (SkyTrain), the major expansion projects underway, an…
 
It's the end of the year and the last episode of Transit Unplugged for 2021. This is a really special episode with Paul Comfort convening a panel with our producer Tris Hussey, regular contributors Elea Carey and Mike Bismeyer, and a special guest Mike Dukart, Dir. of Sales at TripSpark. On the show, we talk about what are going to be the hottest t…
 
Welcome to our second special episode of Transit Unplugged, the Best of Transit Unplugged In-Depth. In this episode, you'll hear excerpts from five of the best interviews this year. You'll hear ... Anne Graham, National Transport Authority, Ireland (full episode) Ahmed Bahrozyan, Road and Transport Authority, Dubai, UAE (full episode) Leslie Richar…
 
Kicking off a trio of special episodes on Transit Unplugged is a transit tech episode with guest host Tris Hussey. Tris interviews Daniel Saddy, Director of (IT) Architecture at Trapeze about cyber and computer security at transit agencies with real, concrete advice on how agencies can help protect themselves. Then we have a special technology expe…
 
_Unplugged Month starts off with an abosute gem. MTV Unplugged Nirvana is widely considered to be one of the greatest recorded concerts of all time. MTV may not care about the music anymore, but Zach and Yannie still do. They dive deep into this masterpiece and breakdown every song and how it compares to the original and whether or not this album i…
 
Paul returns to the island nation of Singapore to chat with Mr. Lee Ling Wee, Deputy Group CEO and President, International, SMRT Corporation. Like his earlier interview with Jeremy Yap earlier this year, the conversation focuses on how Singapore and SMRT are innovating and pushing towards a low/no emissions future. Paul sets the stage for the inte…
 
Laura Hendricks is Chief Executive Officer of Transdev USA, where she oversees the operation of public transport systems in 200 cities and towns across the United States and is responsible for almost 13,000 team members across the organisation. Laura joins guest host Angé Anczewska, General Manager of UITPANZ, to talk about the transition to zero e…
 
In our final episode from APTA EXPO 2021, Paul chats with Jane Grogg, Director of Sarasota County Area Transit. If there was one singular thing that is the hallmark of the post-COVID transit world, it's on-demand microtransit. Jane Grogg replaced fixed routes that had lower ridership and replaced them with on-demand microtransit. And it's been a sm…
 
I’m seeing are more and more people expanding their definition of success to include having work life balance. Many are moving beyond the dualistic thinking of work v. life, getting caught up in the juggle and struggle that type of thinking entails. Rather, I’m seeing REAL, LASTING, SUSTAINABLE success in my clients who are taking a more unified ap…
 
Update: An audio issue kept one of the panelists from being heard. We've pushed out an updated audio track. In the second of three APTA EXPO special episodes, this week it's the highlight of the week--the special panel of the 5 top women leading transit today. Nadine Lee (CEO, Dallas DART), Leslie Richards (CEO, SEPTA), Lauren Skiver (CEO, SunLine …
 
With their first guest on Spin it to Win it, Ryan Dehoff, joins Zach and Yannie as they dive into Ozzy's solo career and his debut record Blizzard of Ozz. If you love Crazy Train, Mr. Crowley and other Ozzy bangers, listen to us chat about all things Ozzy. Follow us on: Twitter: twitter.com/spinit_pod Facebook: facebook.com/spinittowinitpod Instagr…
 
Katie Cooper has been Head of Transformation at Melbourne Airport, Head of Security at London Stanstead Airport and now she's Chief Executive Officer of Metro Tasmania. Katie joins guest host Angé Anczewska, A/Executive Director of UITPANZ to discuss her vision for public transport to be part of the solution to big challenges facing society includi…
 
Paul and Tris were at APTA EXPO 2021 in Orlando, FL last week and recorded several interviews while they were there. From "Get to Know the GM" with the heads of Vontas and Trapeze Group and interviews with transit leaders to our amazing panel of amazing women leading transit agencies in the U.S., Paul and Tris covered a lot of ground in a few days.…
 
April 28th, 1969 was a trying time in America, but at least the music was great! This week David Yannarella and Zach Barnett dive into the debut album for Jazz/Rock band "Chicago." This album features several big hits from the band, and some incredible musicianship, and we used the full 105 minutes to tell you all about it! Follow us on Instagram: …
 
This week's episode comes to you from Las Vegas, Nevada when Paul visited RTC of Southern Nevada CEO MJ Maynard and her team. These segments are excerpted from the upcoming Transit Unplugged TV episode--the first episode for Transit Unplugged TV. Also in this episode are Deputy CEOs Francis Julien and David Swallow as well as Antonette Braddock who…
 
Point of No Return is the 5th studio release for progressive rock band, Kansas. This week Zach and Yannie delve into one of the unsung albums of the 70's. Featuring a top 5 hit in Dust in the Wind and a couple of other hot-100 hits, this album is complete with electrifying instrumentals and amazing lyrics. Be on the look out for upcoming shows and …
 
Helen Williams, the Executive General Manager of Specialty Engineering at SYSTRA Scott Lister joins guest host Angé Anczewska, the A/Executive Director of UITPANZ, for an empowering discussion about Helen’s exciting and varied career in engineering. Helen shares insights from her professional journey including her top tips on leadership, career pro…
 
Welcome to season 5! Kicking off Season 5, Episode 1 we have a chat with Roger Helmy, Director of Product Management at Modaxo. Then Paul talks with regular contributor Mike Bismeyer about his Kindness is Cool campaign. We hear from Elea Carey on how to keep your messaging relevant and top of mind for riders. And finally, Paul and Tris talk about e…
 
Are you in the right job or the wrong job? This is no time to be on the fence. It’s time to move into the work you were really meant to do – whether that’s an expansion of where you are now or a complete industry or job change. Not sure where you stand? I’ve been coaching people through career transition for almost 20 yrs and I went through many of…
 
Released on August 17th, 1959, Kind of Blue is one of the quintessential jazz standards. With tracks like "So What" and "All Blues" this is a beloved Miles Davis album that will continue to see plays for generations to come. Today, featuring stories of band days, Yannie and Zach break down one of the most beloved albums of the 50's and the 31st gre…
 
This week's show is an edited re-broadcast of the UITP and Trapeze-sponsored Connected Journeys webinar from earlier this summer. Paul leads a discussion with: Abimbola Akinajo, CEO, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Djan Fanny, Director of Operations, AMUGA About wh…
 
Mayurie Gunatilaka, Group Leader NZ at Arup joins host Michelle Batsas, Executive Director of UITPANZ for a thought-provoking discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the public transport sector right now. Mayurie's national pride and values-driven career will inspire you as she shares how important public transport and sustainable …
 
This is a very special Transit Unplugged News and Views. This week we not only hear from Katrina Heineking and W.C. Pihl from Transdev about autonomous vehicles, but Paul reveals all the things going on at APTA EXPO in a few weeks. In the news segment, Paul gives you all the details on what's going on with Transit Unplugged, Transit Unplugged TV, a…
 
For many, there isn't a greater debut rock album than Appetite for Destruction by Guns N' Roses. With Axl Rose, Slash, Duff, and friends, GNR caught the world by storm with their release on July 24, 1987. Today hosts David Yannarella and Zachary Barnett sit down and discuss the crazy impact this album has had on the music world. Welcome to the Jung…
 
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