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.
Making Taxis Part of the Transport Solution in Saudi Arabia with Naif Bin Hwail
This week Paul chats with Naif Bin Hwail of Saudi Arabia's Transport General Authority (TGA) on how his agency built a structure to serve millions of people--including the millions visiting Mecca and Medina for the Haj--using bus, rail, and taxis.
In his conversation with Paul, Naif Bin Hwail talks about developing bus rapid transit (BRT) in several cities and expanding the rail network to serve the millions of people who come to Saudi Arabia.
Unlike many transportation agencies, TGA is also responsible for the vast private taxi network in the country. Their job is to ensure all taxis meet the same high standard of safety, comfort, and reliability. Based on this foundation TGA is well-placed to build an expansive national transit system as part of their vision 2030 plans.
Next week, please join us for Comfort's Corner where Paul's guest will be Stewart Mader of VAX Transit. After talking about the herculean efforts to get people to vaccines and vaccines to people, Stewart and Paul talk about commuter rail and the future of masks on transit
For a complete transcript of this episode and links to our guests, please visit: https://www.transitunplugged.com/making-taxis-part-of-the-transport-solution-in-saudi-arabia/
Comfort's Corner: Using data to improve operations and meet the changing needs of riders
This week on Comfort's Corner we have two newsmaker interviews for you. First, we talk with Candace Moore of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority about how she's used asset management data to improve maintenance in her fleet of nearly 200 vehicles. Then we travel to Saskatoon, SK, and hear an excerpt from Cory Shrigley's ThinkTransit session on how they used real-time ridership data to quickly adapt their service to meet the needs of essential workers during pandemic lockdowns and help health officials target COVID education programs right to the areas that needed it most.
These are two great uses of data that highlight how transit agencies can use data they might already have to make real, impactful decisions.
We also hear from Elea Carey in her messaging minute on using radio ads to promote your agency. What better way to increase ridership than target drives while stuck in traffic!
Finally, Paul shares some exciting news about some improvements we're making to the show starting in July. Listen to the whole episode to learn about the changes.
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Jeremy Yap, Land Transport Authority, Singapore
This week Paul talks with Jeremy Yap, Deputy Chief Executive (6 years) for Public Transport, Policy and Planning for the Land Transport Authority, Singapore. In this wide-ranging interview, we learn how Singapore is creating and expanding a transit system to serve its 5.6 million people with bus and rail service that is clean, efficient, and kind.
Learn more about this episode get show notes and complete transcript at https://www.transitunplugged.com/jeremy-yap-lta-singapore/
Comfort's Corner: NATA, UITP, and the new study on contracting in public transit
This week on Comfort's Corner we have a special newsmaker segment with board members of the North American Transit Alliance (NATA) and the International Association of Public Transit (UITP) discussing the results of a new study on private contracting in public transit agencies. In transit news, we hear about TransLink's new CEO, Greyhound leaving Canada, HART fighting fraud in their system, and The Flea is back in Union City, CA.
Esmaeel Hasan Al Blooshi, RAK Transport Authority
Bringing new innovations to public transport in the UAE.
This week Paul chats with Esmaeel Hasan Al Blooshi of the RAK Transport Authority in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Ras Al Khaimah is the northernmost of the seven Emirates in the UAE and home to a really innovative and integrated transit system. From buses to taxis, e-scooters and e-bikes to ferries, RAK Transport is creating a uniquely integrated system powered by new apps and technology.
Comfort's Corner: Julie Timm of GRTC Are fares truly fair?
This week is a special Comfort's Corner with a focus on access and equality in the transit system.
After this week's transit news, we hear from Julie Timm of the Greater Richmond Transit Company on how she is looking at how the fare system, might not be fair to the people who need and depend on it most. Julie's segment was taken from her Virtual ThinkTransit talk she gave on April 28th, 2021. In part three of Comfort's Corner, Paul talks about his new vision on the future of transit.