Transit Unplugged

Trapeze Group

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.

  • 18 minutes 21 seconds
    Erick Van Wagenen, CEO WeDriveU, on Innovation and the Future of Transit Contracting

    In this episode Paul Comfort interviews Erick Van Wagenen, CEO of WeDriveU, formerly National Express. They discuss the transformation of National Express, the North American Transit Alliance, and the evolving role of contractors in public transportation. Additionally, Erick reflects on his 18-year career with WeDriveU, where he progressed from assistant general manager to CEO, and discusses the rebranding and strategic initiatives under his leadership.

    Erick shares his insights on industry trends, including electrification, addressing labor shortages, and leveraging innovation to help operators drive more safely. Erick and Paul also discuss the impact of inflation on costs and how strong partnerships with agencies paves the way through the rough spots.

    And we don't usually get into other forms of transit like on-campus shuttles, but these connections are fundamentally important to schools and the community. Erick talks about campus transportation systems, like at Princeton University, that connect students and the larger community together. Finally, Erick reflects on WeDriveU's approach to global operations, adapting to post-COVID challenges, and how contracting helps shape the future direction in the transit sector.

    Transit Unplugged is brought to you by Modaxo https://www.modaxo.com

    • Host: Paul Comfort
    • Producer: Paul Comfort
    • Editor and Writer: Tris Hussey
    • Executive Producer: Julie Gates

    Special thanks to:

    • Brand design: Tina Olagundoye
    • Social Media: Tatyana Mechkarova
    • Marketing content, Transit Unplugged Newsletter, & transit puns: Tris Hussey

    If you have a question or comment, email us at [email protected].

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    00:00 Introduction to Transit Unplugged

    02:02 Interview with Eric Van Wagenen Begins

    02:25 National Express and WeDriveU Overview

    03:00 Global Operations and Services

    03:59 Entrepreneurial Spirit and Customer Success

    06:57 Industry Trends and Challenges

    08:55 Innovation in Transportation

    12:19 Campus Transportation Focus

    13:47 Future of Public Transportation

    14:42 Impact of Inflation on Contracting

    16:39 Conclusion and Final Thoughts

    16:53 Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged

    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this program are those of the guests, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Modaxo Inc., its affiliates or subsidiaries, or any entities they represent (“Modaxo”). This production belongs to Modaxo, and may contain information that may be subject to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights and restrictions. This production provides general information, and should not be relied on as legal advice or opinion. Modaxo specifically disclaims all warranties, express or implied, and will not be liable for any losses, claims, or damages arising from the use of this presentation, from any material contained in it, or from any action or decision taken in response to it.

    19 June 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 25 minutes 7 seconds
    NYC Stalls on Congestion Pricing: A Deep Dive with Matthew Daus

    Plus policing on the subway and upcoming transit conferences.

    Last week, New York Governor Kathy Hochul abruptly put a stop to New York City's planned congestion charges due to come into effect June 30th. This announcement took nearly everyone by surprise, critics and supporters alike, and this week we have Matthew Daus return as our guest to talk about this sudden change, what it means for the New York MTA's budget, and if congestion pricing will return to the city.

    We've talked about congestion pricing many times on the show before, from Matthew a year ago to the outgoing head of MTA Rich Davey and just recently Transport for London's Andy Lord. It's a hot topic with strong opinions on both sides of the issue. With congestion charging in NYC seen as a test bed for cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, its fate is now uncertain in the U.S.

    Matthew and Paul continue the discussion on another hot topic right now: transit safety and policing. Recently the U.S. National Guard was deployed in the New York Subway to fight rash of violent incidents. Matthew and Paul talk about safety in transit and how it affects returning ridership.

    Paul and Matthew wrap up their conversation with a discussion of the International Association of Transportation Regulators upcoming conference in October and their new collaboration with the CoMotion conference.

    Next week, Erick Leishman CEO of WeDriveU (formerly National Express), talks with Paul about the state of contracting in the U.S. and its essential role in delivering innovative transit solutions.

    Transit Unplugged is brought to you by Modaxo https://www.modaxo.com

    • Host: Paul Comfort
    • Producer: Paul Comfort
    • Editor and Writer: Tris Hussey
    • Executive Producer: Julie Gates

    Special thanks to:

    • Brand design: Tina Olagundoye
    • Social Media: Tatyana Mechkarova
    • Marketing content, Transit Unplugged Newsletter, & transit puns: Tris Hussey

    If you have a question or comment, email us at [email protected].

    Follow us on social media: LinkedIn - Twitter - Threads- Instagram - Facebook

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    00:00 Introduction and Breaking News

    00:51 Expert Guest Introduction: Matthew Daus

    02:33 Discussion on Congestion Charging

    11:10 Crime and Safety on the New York Subway

    15:56 Matthew Daus' Professional Roles and Upcoming Conference

    20:18 Collaboration with CoMotion

    21:58 Conclusion and Final Thoughts

    22:29 Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged

    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this program are those of the guests, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Modaxo Inc., its affiliates or subsidiaries, or any entities they represent (“Modaxo”). This production belongs to Modaxo, and may contain information that may be subject to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights and restrictions. This production provides general information, and should not be relied on as legal advice or opinion. Modaxo specifically disclaims all warranties, express or implied, and will not be liable for any losses, claims, or damages arising from the use of this presentation, from any material contained in it, or from any action or decision taken in response to it.

    12 June 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 25 minutes 20 seconds
    Hill Testing, Hydrogen, and Electric Ferries: Halifax Transit’s Green Innovations with Dave Reage

    While in Halifax, Canada filming Transit Unplugged TV, Paul sat down with Dave Reage, Executive Director of Halifax Transit and First Vice Chair of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) to talk about his transit system, testing their new electric buses, and building new ferry terminals for an electric ferry fleet (a first in Canada). Dave shares insights into Halifax's rapid growth, his background, and the challenges and innovations facing the industry in Canada. Dave talks about how critical CUTA is in molding future leaders. Before heading over to Dartmouth on the ferry for some seafood, Dave shows Paul around the future Mill Cove Ferry Terminal and talks about their new electric ferries. Dave details plans for a bus rapid transit network and the adoption of new fare technologies like open payment systems.

    "I've been telling my team to keep in mind, the last time we had a transition this significant, we were actually going from trolley buses to diesel buses, so it's all kind of coming full circle now. And the testing piece is so crucial because we need to learn everything we can and make sure we know how it's going to work, make sure it's going to work, before we ever put it out into public service. Although the bus itself is very similar to the untrained eye, so many systems are different, new, modern. From safety to reliability, we need to make sure we've tested everything out very thoroughly and we're comfortable with." - Dave Reage

    Transit Unplugged is brought to you by Modaxo https://www.modaxo.com

    • Host: Paul Comfort
    • Producer: Paul Comfort
    • Editor and Writer: Tris Hussey
    • Executive Producer: Julie Gates

    Special thanks to:

    • Brand design: Tina Olagundoye
    • Social Media: Tatyana Mechkarova
    • Marketing content, Transit Unplugged Newsletter, & transit puns: Tris Hussey

    If you have a question or comment, email us at [email protected].

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    00:00 Introduction by Paul Comfort

    03:19 Welcome to the show

    03:31 Overview of Halifax Transit

    04:03 Electric and Alternative Fuel Buses

    06:25 Funding and Structure of Halifax Transit

    09:58 Ferry System Expansion

    17:49 CUTA and career development

    21:24 What's coming up for Halifax Transit

    22:43 Bus Manufacturing Issues

    24:08 Coming Up Next Week on Transit Unplugged

    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this program are those of the guests, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Modaxo Inc., its affiliates or subsidiaries, or any entities they represent (“Modaxo”). This production belongs to Modaxo, and may contain information that may be subject to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights and restrictions. This production provides general information, and should not be relied on as legal advice or opinion. Modaxo specifically disclaims all warranties, express or implied, and will not be liable for any losses, claims, or damages arising from the use of this presentation, from any material contained in it, or from any action or decision taken in response to it.

    5 June 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 29 minutes 30 seconds
    Planning for Savannah’s Expanded Transit Future with Faye DiMassimo

    This week Paul chats with Faye DiMassimo, CEO and Executive Director of Chatham Area Transit Authority (CAT) in Savannah, and soon to be Chief of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Savannah. Paul and Faye discuss the recent APTA Public Transit CEO Conference, Faye's career path (including recent promotion), and the innovations at CAT, including hybrid ferries, an electric microtransit pilot, and their long-term fiscal plan.

    They get into how CAT is preparing for the fiscal cliff as COVID federal relief runs out and challenges getting grants based on local matches. Faye reflects on how transit CEOs support each other in good times, and bad. Paul and Faye close with a special coda about new role in the City of Savannah, continuing her mission to improve public mobility for everyone in Savannah. The episode highlights the importance of community, equity, and sustainability in public transit.

    Next week we have repeat guest Dave Reage giving Paul a tour of Halifax by land and sea!

    Transit Unplugged is brought to you by Modaxo https://www.modaxo.com

    • Host: Paul Comfort
    • Producer: Paul Comfort
    • Editor and Writer: Tris Hussey
    • Executive Producer: Julie Gates

    Special thanks to:

    • Brand design: Tina Olagundoye
    • Social Media: Tatyana Mechkarova
    • Marketing content, Transit Unplugged Newsletter, & transit puns: Tris Hussey

    If you have a question or comment, email us at [email protected].

    Follow us on social media: LinkedIn - Twitter - Threads- Instagram - Facebook

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    00:05 Welcome to Transit Unplugged

    01:10 Interview with Faye DiMassimo

    01:56 Hosting the APTA CEO Summit in Savannah

    02:34 Challenges and Opportunities for Transit CEOs

    06:46 The Evolution of Faye's Career in Transit

    09:35 Inside Savannah's Transit System: CAT

    13:38 Savannah's Charm and History

    15:55 Innovations in Transit: Electric Microtransit and More

    17:41 Master Planning for the Future of Transit in Savannah

    19:48 Preparing for the Fiscal Cliff and Closing Thoughts

    24:56 Update to this interview

    28:04 Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged

    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this program are those of the guests, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Modaxo Inc., its affiliates or subsidiaries, or any entities they represent (“Modaxo”). This production belongs to Modaxo, and may contain information that may be subject to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights and restrictions. This production provides general information, and should not be relied on as legal advice or opinion. Modaxo specifically disclaims all warranties, express or implied, and will not be liable for any losses, claims, or damages arising from the use of this presentation, from any material contained in it, or from any action or decision taken in response to it.

    29 May 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 43 minutes 44 seconds
    Tackling today’s biggest challenges at four transit agencies

    Across North America there are four fundamental issues facing transit agencies:

    • Getting enough buses
    • Getting enough people to fix and drive the buses
    • Getting enough funding to keep running the buses
    • Getting (cyber)secure

    The bus manufacturing crisis is forcing many transit agencies to get creative at keeping buses running longer. Workforce shortages mean agencies are getting creative at finding and hiring enough people. With a fiscal cliff looming for many agencies, finding ways to save money and still offer the same level of service means finding some new ways to connect people on something other than a 40 foot bus. And every week someone makes the news for getting hacked, so keeping systems secure is a lot harder than it used to be.

    Joining Paul on stage for a transit leaders roundtable at TripSpark Ignite are:

    • Pam Shepherd, Executive Director, Federated Transportation Services of the Blue Grass
    • Ryan Landers, General Manager Lawton Area Transit
    • Randy Anderson, Operations IT Systems Administrator CityBus – Greater Lafayette Public Transit
    • Matt Maier, Director of Operations Lake Tran

    What makes this roundtable unique isn't that they are talking about these issues, but that they've found creative and innovative ways to address them. Learn how:

    • Simple ads on buses are getting more applications
    • Creating flexible schedules has brought in a whole new group of drivers
    • Making sure every usable part of a bus at the end of its life is used to extend the service life of the rest of the fleet
    • Auditing your system is the first step to actively preventing hacks on your systems

    Sit back and enjoy a fun, interesting, and informative discussion about the top issues facing our industry and how four agencies are meeting them head on.

    Next week on the show we have an interview with Faye DiMassimo. When Paul interviewed her, she was leading Chatham Area Transit in Savannah, Georgia, but since then she has a new job with the City of Savannah. Her job still involves connecting people, but has a much bigger and more interesting mandate than transit alone. It's not often we have an interview where we get to talk with someone before and after a career transition. Make sure you tune in for this one!

    Transit Unplugged is brought to you by Modaxo https://www.modaxo.com

    • Host: Paul Comfort
    • Producer: Paul Comfort
    • Editor and Writer: Tris Hussey
    • Executive Producer: Julie Gates

    Special thanks to:

    • Brand design: Tina Olagundoye
    • Social Media: Tatyana Mechkarova
    • Marketing content, Transit Unplugged Newsletter, & transit puns: Tris Hussey

    If you have a question or comment, email us at [email protected].

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    00:04 Introduction from Tris Hussey, Editor Transit Unplugged

    01:11 Transit Leader Roundtable at TripSpark Ignite

    01:51 Introducing the Panelists: Leaders in Transit

    02:23 Tackling Transit Challenges: From Driver Shortages to Public Amenities

    06:00 Innovative Solutions and Success Stories in Transit

    11:25 A Day in the Life of Transit Leaders

    22:38 Navigating Post-COVID Challenges and Opportunities

    23:18 Ridership and Revenue Trends: A Closer Look

    25:06 Innovative Solutions for Transit Systems

    33:33 Embracing Technology for Future Growth

    37:32 Personal Insights and Agency Success Stories

    42:07 Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged

    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this program are those of the guests, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Modaxo Inc., its affiliates or subsidiaries, or any entities they represent (“Modaxo”). This production belongs to Modaxo, and may contain information that may be subject to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights and restrictions. This production provides general information, and should not be relied on as legal advice or opinion. Modaxo specifically disclaims all warranties, express or implied, and will not be liable for any losses, claims, or damages arising from the use of this presentation, from any material contained in it, or from any action or decision taken in response to it.

    22 May 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 30 minutes 7 seconds
    Planes, trains, buses, and boats. Andy Lord has it all in London

    Transport for London (TfL) covers every transport means possible from the iconic red double-deck buses to The Tube to trains and even ferries. Which means the person in charge of it all has a lot going on at any given moment. Andy Lord, Commissioner for TfL spent over 25 years in aviation before coming to transit in 2019 to run The Tube with then Commissioner Andy Byford. Sitting down with Paul, Andy about his career and the enormity of the job of managing nearly 30,000 people moving millions of people a day.

    Andy tells Paul how the mix of contracting, direct operation, and concessions keeps everything moving across the entirety of London and beyond.

    But most of all Andy sees himself as a steward for the future of TfL. You'll hear about his plans to hit zero emissions and keep a system that still has Victorian-era infrastructure up-to-date, safe, and efficient.

    Next week on the show we have a transit leaders roundtable recorded live at TripSpark Ignite. This episode hits on the biggest issues facing transit today: budgets, the bus manufacturing crisis, hiring enough people, and cyber security.

    Transit Unplugged is brought to you by Modaxo https://www.modaxo.com

    • Host: Paul Comfort
    • Producer: Paul Comfort
    • Editor and Writer: Tris Hussey
    • Executive Producer: Julie Gates

    Special thanks to:

    • Brand Design: Tina Olagundoye
    • Social Media: Tatyana Mechkarova
    • Marketing Content, Transit Unplugged Newsletter, & transit puns: Tris Hussey

    If you have a question or comment, email us at [email protected].

    Follow us on social media: LinkedIn - Twitter - Threads- Instagram - Facebook

    Sign up for the Transit Unplugged Newsletter

    00:00 Transit Unplugged Featuring Andy Lord, Commissioner of Transport for London

    00:11 Introducing Andy Lord: London's Top Transport Official

    00:27 A Year of Leadership: Andy Lord's Journey and Achievements

    03:02 Inside TfL's Successes: From Surplus to the Superloop

    05:16 The Scale of TfL: Operations, Fleet, and Staff

    07:06 Funding and Structure: How TfL Operates Within London's Government

    08:38 From Airlines to Underground: Andy Lord's Career Path

    16:07 Innovations and Challenges: Moving Towards a Zero Emission Fleet

    18:35 Congestion Charging and ULEZ: London's Approach to Traffic and Emissions

    23:44 Looking Ahead: Technology, Accessibility, and Learning from Others

    29:12 Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged

    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this program are those of the guests, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Modaxo Inc., its affiliates or subsidiaries, or any entities they represent (“Modaxo”). This production belongs to Modaxo, and may contain information that may be subject to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights and restrictions. This production provides general information, and should not be relied on as legal advice or opinion. Modaxo specifically disclaims all warranties, express or implied, and will not be liable for any losses, claims, or damages arising from the use of this presentation, from any material contained in it, or from any action or decision taken in response to it.

    15 May 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 37 minutes 49 seconds
    Celebrating Paul’s Newest Book: The New Future of Public Transportation

    This week we're celebrating the release of Paul's newest book, The New Future of Public Transportation, which is the sequel to The Future of Public Transportation published early in 2020. To say public transport faced an crisis or inflection point in the past four years is an understatement.

    In this updated edition, Paul collected essays by 30 transit leaders from around the world covering every major topic facing transit today from workforce to safety, infrastructure to faring. On the show today Paul chats with two of the contributors, Dr. Karen Philbrick, Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute, and Paige Malott, high speed rail researcher with the International Union of Railways about their chapters and their ideas on the future of public transit.

    We conclude the episode with Paul talking about what's covered in each of the chapters of the book and the people who wrote them. Make sure you listen right to the end of the show so you don't miss it!

    You can order the book on Amazon now: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1468607618?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_1B7E4H4QFZVKHANFW7DS

    Next week we have Andy Lord Commissioner for Transport for London (TfL). TfL is the largest public transport network in the world covering nearly every transport mode possible. It's a huge job and you get to hear not only about this massive system, but how Andy's experience in the aviation industry prepared him for the job.

    If you have a question for Paul about anything related to public transit, zap him an email at [email protected]. Paul might even read and answer your question on a future episode of the podcast.

    If you have a question or comment, email us at [email protected].

    Transit Unplugged is brought to you by Modaxo and these fine folks:

    • Paul Comfort, host and producer
    • Julie Gates, executive producer
    • Tris Hussey, editor and writer
    • Tatyana Mechkarova, social media

    Follow us on social media: LinkedIn - Twitter - Threads- Instagram - Facebook

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    00:05 Introducing The New Future of Public Transportation

    02:29 Diving into Hot Topics with Dr. Karen Philbrick

    17:38 Exploring High Speed Rail with Paige Malott

    27:49 About the Book and Contributors

    27:56 A Comprehensive Overview of Book Contributors

    29:52 The Future of Public Transportation: A Global Perspective

    33:31 Zero Emission Vehicles and the Future

    34:35 Data, AI, and Cybersecurity in Transit

    35:00 Funding, Faring, and the Fiscal Cliff

    35:35 Geographic Futures and Global Insights

    36:12 Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged

    8 May 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 25 minutes 34 seconds
    Launching Successful Innovations at SEPTA with Emily Yates

    In a previous episode we talked about SEPTA's innovative SCOPE (Safety, Cleaning, Ownership, Partnership, and Engagement) program -- https://transitunplugged.com/transit-unplugged-podcast/how-septa-is-making-a-difference-in-the-lives-of-vulnerable-people/ -- and how it was helping the city's most vulnerable people. This week we get the big picture from the woman at the head of it all.

    Emily Yates reports right to CEO Leslie Richards and leads a team that's willing to take a risk on something new and if it doesn't pan out, learn from it and move on. Her recent pilot on using AI-powered cameras to detect weapons didn't turn out like people expected. But, Emily and her team have distilled what they've learned and are looking at new ways to accomplish the same goal--keep weapons off the system.

    Emily's approach to innovation is very human-focused. She thinks about things like; "How do we make transit more welcoming for women and moms? Is there more we can do help our drivers feel physically and emotionally safe? Are we doing the right things to make it easier to take transit instead of a private car?"

    In the interview Emily talks about programs like:

    • Letting moms keep kids in strollers and not having to unpack shopping carts on buses
    • Solar-powered, e-ink displays at stops to show route updates and next bus information
    • Programs to help operator safety and mental health
    • SEPTA's transition to a zero-emission fleet

    Plus how she navigates the process of getting buy in for these initiatives inside and outside the agency.

    Coming up next week we're celebrating the release of Paul's newest book The New Future of Public Transportation with two of the contributors Dr. Karen Philbrick and Paige Malott. You can pick up a copy on Amazon https://a.co/d/dqp2red

    If you have a question or comment, email us at [email protected].

    Transit Unplugged is brought to you by Modaxo and these fine folks:

    • Paul Comfort, host and producer
    • Julie Gates, executive producer
    • Tris Hussey, editor and writer
    • Tatyana Mechkarova, social media

    Follow us on social media: LinkedIn - Twitter - Threads- Instagram - Facebook

    Sign up for the Transit Unplugged Newsletter

    00:00 Introduction to Emily Yates and SEPTA Innovations

    00:22 Driving Innovation at SEPTA: A Deep Dive

    05:19 Enhancing Rider Experience with Real-Time Data and Accessibility

    10:35 Navigating the Approval Process for New Initiatives

    13:21 Focusing on Operator Safety and Well-being

    17:49 The Future of Transit: Zero Emission Buses and Workforce Development

    24:10 Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged

    1 May 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 30 minutes 43 seconds
    Episode 300!

    Welcome to episode 300 of Transit Unplugged! When Paul started the podcast in November 2017, I don't think anyone would have thought that seven seasons later we'd be at our 300th episode.

    Paul started this podcast to shine a light on the impact of transit on society and give transit leaders a chance to talk about their agencies and their careers, unfiltered and unplugged. Throughout the pandemic Paul interviewed leaders about what it all meant to transit. How were agencies dealing with health restrictions. How agencies were keeping front line workers safe.

    Since the pandemic, the issues have changed. Now it's getting enough drivers, changing ridership patterns, the bus manufacturing crisis, and the looming fiscal cliff.

    Paul continues to meet these issues head on with frank discussion about how agencies are addressing the challenges and how it's shaping them as leaders.

    We're celebrating this milestone with a CEO Roundtable with four leading transit CEOs talking about their agencies, what it's like to be a CEO, and the challenges they face today.

    Recorded live on stage with Paul are:

    • Frank White, III (Kansas City Area Transportation Authority)
    • Tiffani Scott (Paratransit, Inc.)
    • David Scorey (Keolis North America)
    • Jameson Auten (Lane Transit District)

    Next week on the show, we have the Chief Innovation Officer from SEPTA (South East Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) Emily Yates talking about not just the innovations she's leading, but the entire process of innovating in public transit overall.

    0:00 Transit Unplugged Episode 300!

    00:05 Introduction by host and producer, Paul Comfort

    01:35 Welcome to Transit Unplugged Live: CEO Roundtable

    02:04 The State of Public Transit: Challenges and Changes

    03:42 Innovative Solutions in Transit: Sacramento's Story

    06:19 Addressing Transit's Relevance and Financial Sustainability

    06:45 Operational Efficiency and Service Adaptation in Boston

    09:47 Redefining Transit's Role in the Community

    13:52 The CEO Experience: Leading in Transit

    23:39 Lightning Round: Future Directions and Innovations

    29:14 Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged

    24 April 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 47 seconds
    Welcome to Transit Unplugged!

    Transit Unplugged, the world's leading podcast for transit professionals, is hosted and produced by Modaxo SVP and transit evangelist Paul Comfort. Each week, Paul sits down with public transit leaders from around the world to talk about their agencies, how they're facing current challenges, their thoughts on the future of public transit, plus insights into their careers and their approaches to leadership.

    You'll learn exactly what it's like to lead a transit agency, big or small, urban or rural, from the people who are in the chairs doing the job. Tune in to hear these unfiltered, unscripted, and unplugged conversations with the people who are shaping public transit today and tomorrow. Find us wherever you listen to podcasts.

    24 April 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 22 minutes 51 seconds
    System Redesign and Transit Revival in Madison with Justin Stuehrenberg

    Justin Stuehrenberg GM of Madison Metro and his team used COVID as the impetus to finally put a long-planned system redesign into motion and completed it in June 2023. Since then they've seen a 15% increase in ridership. Justin and Paul talked about how his new network works, how geography figured into it, and the new bus rapid transit (BRT) lines coming soon that will use battery electric buses charged en route with overhead pantographs.

    Also in this episode:

    • Being part of city government--the good and bad
    • Working with multiple city councils for approvals and funding
    • Justin's path from designing airplane engines to transit engineering and planning.

    Coming up next week...

    It's episode 300! Yes, we're celebrating 300 episodes with the ThinkTransit CEO Roundtable, covering the most pressing issues in transit today with four of the industry’s most influential CEOs.

    If you have a question or comment, email us at [email protected].

    Transit Unplugged is brought to you by Modaxo and these fine folks:

    • Paul Comfort, host and producer
    • Julie Gates, executive producer
    • Tris Hussey, editor and writer
    • Tatyana Mechkarova, social media

    Follow us on social media: LinkedIn - Twitter - Threads- Instagram - Facebook

    Sign up for the Transit Unplugged Newsletter

    00:00 Welcome to Transit Unplugged

    00:15 Introducing Justin Stuenberg and Madison Metro Transit

    01:38 Madison's Unique Transit Challenges and Solutions

    05:13 Funding and Operational Structure of Madison Metro

    07:03 Revolutionizing Transit: Bus Network Redesign and BRT Implementation

    18:15 Looking Ahead: Future Projects and Personal Insights

    21:43 Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged

    17 April 2024, 1:00 pm
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