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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.

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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.

    April Rei CEO COMTO

    April Rei CEO COMTO

    Paul met April Rei, CEO of COMTO (Conference of Minority Transportation Officials) at the recent COMTO conference in Miami. He sat down with April to talk about the origins of COMTO, the challenges transit is facing today, and her vision for how we'll solve them.
    On Transit Unplugged News and Views this week we also have:
    Transit news of the week Elea Carey's messaging minute Mike Bismeyer on leadership Updates from Paul about his latest book about diversity and inclusion in transit Next week on Transit Unplugged In-Depth our guest will be Monica Backmon, CEO of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.
    We'd like to thank all our listeners who nominated us for a Podcast Award; we made the cut! Transit Unplugged is in the voting round and we'll hear the results in September.
    If you have a question, comment, or would like to be on Transit Unplugged, email us at info@transitunplugged.com; and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter on our website!

    • 27 min
    Henry Li -- SacRT

    Henry Li -- SacRT

    This week Paul talks with a guest we've wanted to get on the show for a long, long time. When Henry Li arrived in Sacramento, the agency needed to restore both public trust in the system and financial stability for the agency. In his 7 year tenure so far he's launched the first microtransit pilot in the U.S., made the system free for kids in grades K-12, and ensured there was pay equity across his agency. His efforts have clearly paid off, Henry was named APTA CEO of the year in 2019 and SacRT was named APTA agency of the year in 2021.
    In his career that has taken him from Atlanta to Jacksonville and now Sacramento, Henry has shown he knows how to create a transit system that lifts his entire community up and provides opportunities for all. When he bought new light rail cars for his system, they were built at the Siemens plant in Sacramento, giving his region better transit and an economic boost.
    While SacRT is still bouncing back from the pandemic, his microtransit solution continues to be successful and filling gaps in his 100 square mile service area. Listen to this conversation and learn about the microtransit solution, light rail, and the new payment systems Henry has brought to his agency. Learn more about SacRT on their website.
    Next week on Transit Unplugged News and View, April Rei, CEO of COMTO will be joining Paul talking about the work she does supporting minorities in transit leadership.
    Don't forget to subscribe to the newsletter to get all the latest about Transit Unplugged. If you have a question, comment, or would like to be a guest on Transit Unplugged, email us at info@transitunplugged.com.

    • 31 min
    Alva Carrasco and Herold Humphrey -- Latinos In Transit

    Alva Carrasco and Herold Humphrey -- Latinos In Transit

    Alva Carrasco and Herold Humphrey are on a mission. A mission to increase the visibility, opportunities, and voice of Latinos in public transit. And not just when talking about issues, but more importantly in leadership positions to help the communities they serve. Alva and Herold talk with Paul about the origins of Latinos In Transit from a casual group of people working in the same industry to an organized force to encourage and support Latinos in their careers.
    From advocacy and mentorship to scholarships and networking, Alva Carrasco, President, and Herold Humphrey, Vice President, have a vision to ensure Latinos have a seat at the decision-making table, the boardroom, and C-suite. Listen to their story on this episode of Transit Unplugged News and Views.
    Also on the show:
    Paul covers the transit news of the week Elea Carey talks about back to school messaging Mike Bismeyer on fostering the next generation of leaders Paul talks about the Transit Center report on the four things needed to help solve the bus operator crisis. Next week we have Henry Li, CEO of the Sacramento Regional Transit District on the show. It's not too late to nominate Transit Unplugged at the Podcast Awards in the Government and Organizations category. Nominations close July 30!
    If have a question, comment, or be a guest on Transit Unplugged email us at info@transitunplugged.com.

    • 36 min
    Matt Tucker North County Transit District

    Matt Tucker North County Transit District

    Matt Tucker, Executive Director and CEO of the North County Transit District covers a huge geographic area north of San Diego. From buses to rail to a new hybrid light rail, Matt has served his region for over a decade with big plans for the future. Matt and Paul talk about all the different transportation modes, Matt's plans for going green with battery electric and hydrogen, and hints at his plans for the future of the agency.
    One of the longest-serving CEOs in public transit, Matt has a unique perspective on public transit from work on both coasts with projects large and small. In his 14 years as Executive Director and CEO of North County Transit District, Matt has perspective about the past, current, and future challenges for public transit in his region and beyond.
    Next week Paul is chatting with April Rei, CEO of COMTO, one of two great conversations coming from the recent COMTO Conference.

    • 28 min
    Wiebe Wakker Sustainable Adventurer from Plug Me In

    Wiebe Wakker Sustainable Adventurer from Plug Me In

    This week Paul talks with Wiebe Wakker, sustainable adventurer about his three-year trip from the Netherlands to Australia in an EV--with no money--and then how he traveled from the Netherlands to Dubai (most) on public transport to give a keynote speech at UITP MENA earlier this year. It's a fascinating story of someone who admits wasn't really into sustainability when he started but has now become a champion for it.
    Learn more about Wiebe on:
    His Plug Me In website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Also on the show the latest public transit news, Elea Carey's Messaging Minute, Mike's Minute with Mike Bismeyer, and Paul's look at the future of transit.
    Next week on the show we have Matt Tucker, Executive Director and CEO of the North County Transit District talking about his multi-modal system and how they are adapting to changing ridership.
    If you have a question, comment, or would like to be a guest on Transit Unplugged email us at info@transitunplugged.com.
    Plus...please take a moment to nominate us in the Government and Organizations category in the Podcast Awards. Nominating us not only gets us to the voting round, but also factors into who wins the award!

    • 31 min
    Charlotte Shaw Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority

    Charlotte Shaw Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority

    Charlotte Shaw, CEO of Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority, has deep experience in getting things done. From project and program management to capital planning, Charlotte is the person who makes a transit vision a reality. After years at MARTA, she came to Birmingham to manage building a bus rapid transit (BRT) for the city before it would be handed over to BJCTA. But as she tells Paul, the transit authority thought she'd be just the right person to bring BJCTA into a new era of transit.
    Listen to Charlotte tell Paul how she got into transit and her vision for creating a transit system that does more than just get people places.
    Next week on Transit Unplugged News and Views, Paul is talking with Wiebe Wakker who drove an electric car from the Netherlands to New Zealand to show how efficient and reliable EVs are.
    It's podcast award season! Please help Transit Unplugged win a People's Choice podcast award by nominating us in the "Government and Organizations" category. Visit PodcastAwards.com to nominate us to make it to the voting round. 
    Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter on the website and if you'd like to ask a question or be a guest on Transit Unplugged, email us at info@transitunplugged.com.

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