27 minutes | May 29th 2020

Stay Safe; Stay Connected: Transportation During The COVID-19 Crisis

It’s probably safe to say that one feeling we can all relate to as we navigate through this pandemic is one of uncertainty. In addition to thinking about our own individual lives, we’re also wondering what our governments are doing to adjust, and what changes they’re making to prepare for the future. Join Ed Bernardon, host of The Future Car Podcast as we navigate this “new normal” and how it is permanently restructuring our cities, and transportation is at the very center of those changes. We’re increasingly aware of our personal health and safety when we venture out into this brave new world, so what does that mean for how we get from A to B? 

In today’s episode, we’re talking about how critical the conversation about transportation will prove to be in a more safety centric world, and how that requires a multi-organizational approach to planning for the future. Everything is connected, and this pandemic has brought the relationship between transportation safety and hygiene to the forefront.  

Our guest today is Finch Fulton, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy. The Alabama native joined the DOT as part of the new administration, and has worked on Capitol Hill under Jim McCreary (R-La), John Flemming (R-La), and former Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Al). He graduated with an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.  

Some Questions I ask:

  • How do we use roads in a crisis? (2:06)
  • What are companies doing in response to the pandemic? (8:12)
  • How can we reach a level of hygiene on public transportation to make people feel safe? (12:49)
  • How do you explain this technology to regulators in the federal government? (17:22)
  • How is design taken into consideration for those with disabilities? (21:49)

In this episode you will learn:

  • Why transportation is so critical to our supply chain and who the real heroes are (4:38)
  • How the DOT gets involved to make it easier to help deploy these types of technologies (11:44)
  • How government mandates can delay progress (14:54)
  • Why it’s important to communicate across sectors when introducing new technology. (19:34)

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