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Hosted by Paul Comfort, Transit Unplugged shares the stories, challenges, and successes of the top transit professionals. Transit mobility is really the driving factor in the industry. Transit equals mobility. And mobility equals life.

Hosted by Paul Comfort, Transit Unplugged shares the stories, challenges, and successes of the top transit professionals. Transit mobility is really the driving factor in the industry. Transit equals mobility. And mobility equals life.
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Canada

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Hosted by Paul Comfort, Transit Unplugged shares the stories, challenges, and successes of the top transit professionals. Transit mobility is really the driving factor in the industry. Transit equals mobility. And mobility equals life.

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English


Episodes

Rocky Donahue – Pace Suburban Bus

9/16/2019
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“I like to hear what we do well, but I really want to hear what we can do better.” Rocky Donahue started his career at Pace Suburban Bus (Pace) as a financial analyst. Thirty-seven years later, he is still at Pace and is now the Executive Director. Pace operates suburban bus, ADA paratransit, on-demand services, and vanpool in one of the largest service areas in the US. As ridership and congestion issues plague North America, Donahue does a deep dive into their new arterial rapid transit...

Duration:00:34:00

Simon Reed – Transport for London

9/12/2019
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“We’re responsible for keeping London moving.” Transport for London (TfL) hauls six million passengers every day on their buses alone. That’s intense. And it makes Simon Reed’s job crucial to the mobility of Londoners. Reed, Head of Technology and Data, Surface Transport at TfL, does a deep dive into congestion charging – its history, how it works in London, and how it helps fund TfL. He gives Paul an update on their contactless card system and lets us in on how and why TfL has gone...

Duration:00:35:40

Lewis Brencher – Transport for Wales

9/5/2019
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“Our opportunity in Transport for Wales is to sync up all of these different modes and pull them together into a way that makes it as seamless and as easy to access for consumers as possible.” Transport for Wales (TfW) is a non-profit agency that was created by the Welsh government three years ago to help deliver customer-focused services, expert advice to government, and infrastructure investment. It’s exciting to have Lewis Brencher, Communications Director of TfW, join Transit Unplugged...

Duration:00:30:55

Mobility Innovations – Leila Frances

9/3/2019
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“What I love about transport [is] you’re changing people’s lives. You’re changing cities.” What do India, Qatar, and Australia have in common? It’s where our next guest of Transit Unplugged oversees some of the most innovative public transport operations in the world. Transit Unplugged is lucky to have Leila Frances, President Middle East and Hyderabad of Keolis and Chairman of Keolis Downer, as our guest this week. Frances discusses the automated metro services in India and Qatar, which...

Duration:00:30:35

Gordon Maclennan – Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

8/29/2019
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“If we don’t need to do it, dump it. If we do need to do it, we’ll make it a lot better.” Transit Unplugged continues its journey through the United Kingdom. On this episode, Paul is in Glasgow, Scotland to visit the third oldest subway system in the world, dating back to 1896. While there he chats with Gordon Maclennan, Chief Executive of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT). Having the third oldest subway in the world means major modernizations are taking place. Maclennan dives...

Duration:00:32:52

Giles Fearnley – First Bus

8/22/2019
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“Anywhere in the world, running quality, high-frequency service draws people in, giving people great service at a value that they cannot beat.” Giles Fearnley, Managing Director for First Bus, is a great ambassador and evangelist for the transportation industry. First Bus runs about 19% of buses operating within the UK, but like many places, bus ridership is on the decline at ~2% per year. Fearnley discusses how congestion issues and the economy are predominant factors in declining...

Duration:00:34:01

Paul Cox – Tower Transit

8/15/2019
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“We’re nothing without [our] people.” The role of a public transport provider has unique challenges depending on authority, city, or region. Our guest today, Paul Cox, has been in the transport business for 25 years and experienced transport’s role in Australia, Europe, and Asia. Currently, Cox is the CFO at Tower Transit, a privately-owned operator, and he is presently focused on operations within London and Singapore. In this episode, Cox talks about the unique aspects of how London...

Duration:00:29:36

Dave Pearson – West Yorkshire Combined Authority

8/8/2019
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“We’re beginning to see … a massive change in the way in which people buy mobility.” Transit Unplugged ventures across the pond for a six-part series that highlights public transport in the United Kingdom. In this first episode, our guest is Dave Pearson, Director, Transport Services at West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Pearson explains how public transport operates within a deregulated market. Except for London, ~80% of bus service in the UK runs on a commercial basis, while the transport...

Duration:00:33:29

UITP Live (Part 2 of 2)

7/31/2019
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“Let’s not sit still. Let’s not think what we do today is adequate for the future. Let’s find new ways to better serve our customers and better serve our communities.” – Paul Skoutelas, President and CEO of APTA “You can’t develop your transportation system, particularly your public transit services in a vacuum from land use and vice versa.” – Kevin Desmond, CEO of TransLink “We know what we want. We know what the end is. It’s how we get there that is the hard part.” – Brad Thomas,...

Duration:00:44:49

UITP Live (Part 1 of 2)

7/30/2019
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“People want reliable services. And if you can’t deliver what you promise to the customer, it doesn’t matter how good the rest of the technology is.” – Ian Dobbs, Deputy President of UITP “I finally have figured out the solution … we should be running it all.” – Nat Ford, CEO of Jacksonville Transportation Authority “I think assets are probably one of the most important things in our industry.” – Nicolas Gindt, CEO of Keolis Downer Victoria - Yarra Trams “As we continue to try and put on...

Duration:00:48:46

Jorge Cruz-Aedo – Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority

7/15/2019
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“I like to challenge our employees to keep moving forward and keep doing good things for the community.” Before making his way into the transit industry, Jorge Cruz-Aedo spent 27 years in local government and a little bit of time in the private sector before joining the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA). He spent 5 years as CCRTA’s CFO and is now the CEO. On this episode, Jorge discusses the autonomous vehicle project CCRTA is working on with Texas A&M, Corpus...

Duration:00:30:56

Steve Butcher – John Holland

7/10/2019
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“We don’t build railways just for the sake of building a railway. We do it because we are going to transform people’s lives.” Steve Butcher started his career 38 years ago with British Rail by sweeping platforms. Now, he is the Executive General Manager at John Holland. In this episode, Butcher discusses the design, build, operate, and maintain model, and what it’s like to be part of billion-dollar projects within the rail space. He also goes into how important detail is for these massive...

Duration:00:32:01

Steve Butcher – John Holland

7/10/2019
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“We don’t build railways just for the sake of building a railway. We do it because we are going to transform people’s lives.” Steve Butcher started his career 38 years ago with British Rail by sweeping platforms. Now, he is the Executive General Manager at John Holland. In this episode, Butcher discusses the design, build, operate, and maintain model, and what it’s like to be part of billion-dollar projects within the rail space. He also goes into how important detail is for these massive...

Duration:00:32:01

Howard Collins – Sydney Trains and New South Wales TrainLink

7/3/2019
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“I’m a railwayman. I dream about railways. I probably have for 59 and three-quarter years.” The Australian adventure continues with Howard Collins, CEO of Sydney Trains and New South Wales (NSW) TrainLink. Collins started his career at London Transport eventually working his way to the role of COO of the London Underground before making the jump to the land Down Under. On this episode, he discusses rebuilding a system while trying to increase capacity. He also elaborates on the importance...

Duration:00:33:06

Howard Collins – Sydney Trains and New South Wales TrainLink

7/3/2019
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“I’m a railwayman. I dream about railways. I probably have for 59 and three-quarter years.” The Australian adventure continues with Howard Collins, CEO of Sydney Trains and New South Wales (NSW) TrainLink. Collins started his career at London Transport eventually working his way to the role of COO of the London Underground before making the jump to the land Down Under. On this episode, he discusses rebuilding a system while trying to increase capacity. He also elaborates on the importance...

Duration:00:33:06

Emma Thomas - Transport Canberra

6/26/2019
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“Our whole mission is about making the city attractive, safe, and easy to move around.” We continue with part five of our seven-part series of Transit Unplugged in the land Down Under. This week we are joined by Emma Thomas, former Director-General at Transport Canberra. Thomas started her career as an aeronautical engineer and joined the Air Force. She discusses how Transport Canberra “puts the livability in Canberra.” Thomas also talks how public transit plays into our well-being (mental...

Duration:00:28:33

Emma Thomas - Transport Canberra

6/26/2019
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“Our whole mission is about making the city attractive, safe, and easy to move around.” We continue with part five of our seven-part series of Transit Unplugged in the land Down Under. This week we are joined by Emma Thomas, former Director-General at Transport Canberra. Thomas started her career as an aeronautical engineer and joined the Air Force. She discusses how Transport Canberra “puts the livability in Canberra.” Thomas also talks how public transit plays into our well-being (mental...

Duration:00:28:33

James Pinder – V/Line

6/19/2019
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“Railways are very, very complicated systems, and they require thousands of things to happen in order each day for them to work effectively.” Continuing our adventure Down Under, our guest has spent his entire career in the rail industry. James Pinder started as an engineer in the U.K. before eventually becoming the CEO of V/Line, the regional rail operator for the state of Victoria, Australia. Pinder discusses the challenge of trying to modernize the whole system while V/Line’s service is...

Duration:00:29:28

James Pinder – V/Line

6/19/2019
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“Railways are very, very complicated systems, and they require thousands of things to happen in order each day for them to work effectively.” Continuing our adventure Down Under, our guest has spent his entire career in the rail industry. James Pinder started as an engineer in the U.K. before eventually becoming the CEO of V/Line, the regional rail operator for the state of Victoria, Australia. Pinder discusses the challenge of trying to modernize the whole system while V/Line’s service is...

Duration:00:29:28

Raymond O’Flaherty –Metro Trains Melbourne

6/12/2019
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“The mission of this organization is to be the most respected and the best railway in Australia.” Our adventure continues in the land Down Under with CEO of Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM), Raymond O’Flaherty. On this episode, O’Flaherty discusses why MTM focuses on passenger experience as a measurement of success in addition to your standard reliability of service KPIs. He also elaborates on the importance of interchanges between systems and modes, the investment into MTM, his focus on...

Duration:00:30:30