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A discussion of all things mass transit by three transit industry professionals. Whether you are a transit professional, enthusiast, or an end-user, we hope you will find these discussions informative and fun. Panelists are Paul Ballard, President and CEO of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Edward Johnson, CEO of LYNX, and Jim McAteer, President, Transit Insight.

A discussion of all things mass transit by three transit industry professionals. Whether you are a transit professional, enthusiast, or an end-user, we hope you will find these discussions informative and fun. Panelists are Paul Ballard, President and CEO of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Edward Johnson, CEO of LYNX, and Jim McAteer, President, Transit Insight.
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A discussion of all things mass transit by three transit industry professionals. Whether you are a transit professional, enthusiast, or an end-user, we hope you will find these discussions informative and fun. Panelists are Paul Ballard, President and CEO of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Edward Johnson, CEO of LYNX, and Jim McAteer, President, Transit Insight.

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Nashville-Davidson County Council member Freddie O'Connell provides insight regarding the failed May 2018 Transit Referendum

8/14/2018
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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.

Duration:00:50:26

Behind the Scenes of Fare Processing

6/19/2018
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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

Duration:00:38:28

A discussion about the future of transit ticketing with Ben Whitaker, Head of Innovation and Co-founder at Masabi

1/12/2018
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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.

Duration:00:50:44

Interview with Ron Yearwood of Transit Now Nashville, a local grassroots advocacy group

1/8/2018
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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...

Duration:00:36:57

A quick note about the Transit Insight Podcast season for 2018

1/8/2018
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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 McAteer

Duration:00:00:41

CEO Ryan Popple of Proterra Electric Bus Manufacturer speaks about electric bus technology and its future in the transit industry.

8/29/2017
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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 batteries. Whether you are an electric-vehicle enthusiast or a regular bus rider, Ryan will impress you with his technical expertise and...

Duration:00:35:29

Jo Ann Graves, President & CEO of the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, talks about the importance of advocacy in creating successful transit systems.

6/23/2017
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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 the Transit Alliance does to educate, empower, and mobilize support for transit.

Duration:00:32:33

BRT Expert Joe Iacobucci talks about BRT Best Practices and the Role of Shared Mobility in Transit Services

4/25/2017
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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 on-line. Finally, Edward asks the elemental question, "What is a true BRT?" The answer might surprise you.

Duration:00:37:39

Mark Cleveland, CEO of Hytch talks about their unique approach to ride-sharing. "Life's a ride. Share it."

3/2/2017
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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 November, 2016.

Duration:00:34:47

Using Transit Performance Measures and Why They Are Important

2/10/2017
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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.

Duration:00:37:03

Keith Parker, CEO of MARTA, talks about the importance of community engagement for successful transit.

1/1/2017
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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 how they have engaged the community and spread the word about all of the good things happening at MARTA. You'll also hear about how MARTA is...

Duration:00:35:45

What's Fair about Fare?

10/12/2016
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During this show we talk about the impacts of different fare types, fare technologies, and fare policies. Even tokens and transfers make their way into the discussion! This episode was recorded in March of 2016.

Duration:00:38:21

Gary Thomas, CEO of DART and Marlene Connor discuss mobility management, transit, and working with Uber, Lyft, and Curb.

6/21/2016
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We are joined by special guests Gary Thomas, President and Executive Director of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system and Marlene Connor, Principal at Marlene Connor Associates (MCA), to discuss mobility management and the importance of working with transportation partners such as Uber, Lyft, Curb, and others to maximize transit potential and ultimately, provide the best service possible for passengers.

Duration:00:36:44

The Dirty Details of Keeping Transit Clean

6/9/2016
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This show gets into the dirty details of how transit agencies keep their stations, buses, and trains clean. Everyone knows that cleanliness, like safety, is a basic requirement for keeping and attracting passengers. Here you can find out what's involved and how it is done.

Duration:00:37:30

What are the elements needed for a successful transit plan?

4/24/2016
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What are some of the elements needed to ensure that communities put together good transit plans? This show's topic ranges from Transit Master Plans, to Service Improvement Plans, as well as bi-annual service planning.

Duration:00:34:16

How Transit Agencies Can Work Successfully with Partners

3/14/2016
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During this episode we discuss what it takes to work successfully with partners of all types, including other public agencies, non-profits, and even elected officials. We examine some of the challenges and opportunities that arise from these very important and necessary interactions.

Duration:00:38:36

Debunking Anti-Transit Myths

2/8/2016
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Today's episode focuses on several "anti-transit myths", why they are wrong, and how transit agencies can respond.

Duration:00:37:25

What are the elements needed to get a big transit project off the ground?

12/30/2015
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A discussion of the critical elements needed to get a large transit project from concept to construction. These include a project champion, funding, coordination, and more.

Duration:00:41:10

Bus Rapid Transit: What Makes It Successful?

11/19/2015
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This show focuses our discussion around Bus Rapid Transit, also called BRT. What are some of the elements needed to make it successful? Are curb lanes or center running lanes best? What are good examples of BRT implemented across the US and the world? We hope you enjoy the show.

Duration:00:31:12

What Defines Successful Transit?

10/1/2015
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Welcome to the first episode of the Transit Insight Podcast. Today we consider what it takes to make transit successful. What are the elements needed to define successful transit?

Duration:00:31:00