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 Bob Baulsir, President and CEO of Trinity Metro, Edward Johnson, CEO of LYNX, and Jim McAteer, President, Transit Insight.
Transit and unions working together: A perspective from transit administration officials
This episode provides a brief overview of the legal framework which surrounds transit agencies and unions, as well as some insight about the importance of the union and transit agency relationship.
Note: This show recorded September 17, 2019.
Discussion with the new CEO of Trinity Metro, Bob Baulsir, about his career path and becoming a leader in transit
On today's show we welcome our new host, Bob Baulsir, who replaces Paul Ballard (retired), as the CEO at Trinity Metro. Bob has a fascinating trajectory in transit, starting as a Journeyman in the maintenance department and rising through management to achieve CEO status. We talk with him about his path as well as ideas for others who wish to rise in the ranks at transit agencies. Edward also talks about some of the challenges he faced and ways to stand out as an employee. Hint: It's all about taking on a little risk.
Note: This show recorded June 4, 2019.
Budgeting in the Transit Universe
Edward and I discuss some of the challenges agencies face when budgeting and planning for a transit system. We also provide a brief overview about the difference between capital and operating funds, specifically as they apply to transit. Edward provides words of wisdom for CEO's about budgeting and the importance of working collaboratively.
Note: This show recorded in May, 2019.
Interview with David Block-Schachter, Chief Business Officer at Transit (a.k.a the Transit App) about apps, data, and coordination with all types of mobility providers
We talk with David Block-Schachter, CBO at Transit, about what's happening with their Transit App, and some of its new capabilities, including being able to pay for your trip within the app itself, linking up with ride-hailing companies, and even locating scooters. He shares some of the opportunities and challenges of working with both governmental agencies (Transit Authorities) and private companies to both obtain, and share their data, so that ultimately the user/rider experience is the absolute best it can be. Both Edward and I learned a bunch so we kept the show going an extra 15 minutes. We're sure you will enjoy this interview as much as we did.
Note: This show recorded April 23, 2019.
CEO Mark Cleveland, talks about their New Hytch Rewards App and Program
In this episode we get an update from Mark Cleveland, CEO and Chief Cheerleader for Hytch, about their new shared mobility solution. If you haven't heard of Hytch Rewards, you'll be surprised by their innovative approach that incentivizes commuters to share a ride. (Hint: in some areas of the country you can get paid to share a ride.)
TexRail is now open and ridership is booming!
Today we speak with Paul Ballard, CEO of Trinity Metro in Fort Worth, Texas (and one of our regular co-hosts) about the grand opening of their new 27 mile commuter rail service from downtown Fort Worth to the Dallas-Fort Worth International airport. Paul walks us though some of the challenges of building these projects, including working with the Federal Railroad Administration in the midst of a government shutdown, as well as early ridership numbers. If you are someone who loves the nitty-gritty of railroads, this is a show you won't want to miss.