Moving Arizona is a podcast hosted by Melissa Boyles, a 20+ year professional in the Arizona transportation industry and a self-described “transportation geek.” Join her for interviews with industry influencers from across Arizona and the United States.
Interview with District Six Phoenix City Council Candidate, Kevin Robinson
In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kevin Robinson. Kevin is running for Phoenix City Council to represent District 6 which encompasses my home area, Awhatukee, but also the Biltmore and Arcadia communities. His background includes serving as a City of Phoenix police officer for over thirty-six years. After retiring, Kevin has taught full time for the past five years and is now looking to expand his public service to the Phoenix City Council. He knows our communities, understands the challenges we face as such a rapidly growing metropolitan area, and he’s a consensus-builder. In other words, he can help us get things done. I hope you enjoy learning about his background and what makes him our best candidate for Phoenix City Council District 6.
Interview with April Trevett, Valley Metro Capital Programs Business Manager
In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing April Trevett, Capital Programs Business Manager for Valley Metro. April has been with Valley Metro for over twenty years and has seen a lot of changes, including the installation of the agency's first female CEO. That is particularly impactful to April as one of our local advocates for women in transportation and the President of the Metro Phoenix Chapter of WTS. We hear from April about balancing work, home, school, and leading a dynamic association chapter as well as her goals for both her career and her WTS Presidency.
Suzanne Lansford, PE Shares Her Story from Nuclear Power Plants to Sea Turtles
Suzanne Lansford has had a fascinating professional journey. She started her career in Arizona, traveled the country working on nuclear facilities and somehow became an expert on the impacts of lighting on sea turtles. Along that journey she made her way back to Arizona, is now the First Vice President of the Sonoran Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers, and is serving as the Chair of the upcoming ASHE Southwest Summit. Suzanne makes a career in engineering sound like an adventure!
Special Edition: Intercity Rail with Chris Bridges
In this episode I welcome back AZTA President Chris Bridges to discuss our once in a lifetime opportunity to leverage the new infrastructure bill to advance intercity rail between Tucson and Phoenix. We hope to the end the AZTA Rail Conference with the beginnings of a coalition that can bring this opportunity to life. I hope you’ll join us next week in Tucson not only for this critical intercity rail conversation but to also learn about the vision of rail from our Mayoral panel including Phoenix, Tucson, Tempe, and Gilbert; rail policy considerations from City of Phoenix LRT Administrator Markus Coleman; and leveraging transit investment to build ridership for potential future rail corridors from BRT subject matter expert Mike James. Register today and let’s get movin’ to the beautiful southern part of our state to share in creating the vision of rail for Arizona!
Interview with Mike Washkowiak on Traffic Management for the Broadway Curve
Have you ever wondered what the heck is happening on the Broadway Curve? Well, me too. So in this episode I spoke with MOT subject matter expert, Mike Washkowiak. Mike is an Associate Vice President for Iteris and professional engineer. He shares information about building a practice in Arizona for his company, the incredible work they're doing across the country, how his career started right here in Arizona, and the role he’s playing on this major reconstruction project. Mike explains the Broadway Curve team’s plan for completing this project. They'll be adding capacity while never reducing lanes and to help make that a possibility, Iteris has deployed its leading edge ClearGuide software for traffic management.
Interview with Kammy Horne: Senior Vice President with Via Metropolitan Transit
In this episode Kammy Horne, Senior Vice President for Via Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio Texas, talks about the intersection between reputation and brand. Kammy spent a critical chapter of her life and career right here in Arizona, and she shares her perspective on why it’s so important to be intentional about authenticity and ensuring that what you’re presenting to the world, professionally and personally, reflects who you really are. Kammy gets real about her career, decisions she made regarding work life balance and being home with her children, and how she handled some challenging feedback she received as a result of participating in the Eno Foundation Executive Leadership Program.
A must listen to podcast to stay in the know about AZ transit and beyond!