34 minutes | May 31, 2023
How LA Metro is Already Getting Ready for the 2028 Summer Olympics with Seleta Reynolds
Plus how to match your strengths to your job with Josh Cohen Welcome to the first of two special episodes featuring leaders from the second largest transit system in the U.S.--LA Metro! In this first interview, Paul chats with Seleta Reynolds, Chief Innovation Officer and interim Chief People Officer at LA Metro, about planning for the future of LA Metro including the upcoming 2026 World Cup and 2028 Summer Olympics. Seleta reflects on how to build a lasting legacy for Los Angeles from transit to how Angelenos think about community and their streets. Seleta also talks about her own career journey from intern to GM at LADOT and now her dual role at LA Metro. Seleta is passionate about transit but also passionate about finding new ways to make our streets livable and useful. In our leadership segment, Paul dives into career journeys with Josh Cohen, CEO of Mobility Leadership Advisors, about building a career that's based on your strengths and values, not other peoples'--or your own--expectations of what the "right" career path is supposed to be. You can sign up for Josh's weekly newsletter and get his insights delivered straight to your inbox. In Josh's segment, you can hear many of the themes Seleta Reynolds talked about in her career journey--matching your career with your passions and your values. Also on the show, Elea Carey connects the dots between Josh's and Seleta's interviews with some advice for marketers in how to be successful--and healthy--in their careers. Next week, we continue with our LA Metro series with Conan Cheung, COO of LA Metro, talking about safety and connecting with the over 10 thousand LA Metro employees who keep that city moving. If you have a question, comment, or would like to be a guest on the show, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Transit Unplugged is powered by Modaxo. Modaxo is passionate about moving the world's people, and Transit Unplugged is here to tell their stories. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Seleta Reynolds - Josh Cohen (00:29) Interview with Seleta Reynolds (19:52) Messaging Minute with Elea Carey (21:28) Josh Cohen Leadership Segment (32:32) Coming up next week Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
27 minutes | May 24, 2023
Creating tourist-friendly transportation in Banff, AB
This week we're continuing our tour of Western Canada with Martin Bean, CEO of Roam Transit in Banff, AB. Roam Transit, like many transit agencies in tourist destinations, has a dual role. One is to get the residents of the Bow Valley from Canmore to Banff (who all ride for free by the way) where they need to go, the other is helping the over four million visitors who come to Banff National Park and Lake Louise each year explore the region (and leave their cars behind). Beyond transit passes for hotel guests or people arriving by tour bus, Roam Transit is pretty special in a lot of other ways--and all focused on preserving the natural beauty around them. Roam Transit wraps their buses with pictures of the local wildlife taken by local nature photographers. From deer to elk to bears to martins (a kind of weasel) Roam Transit gives you a taste of what animals are roaming around--some of which you could even run into while in downtown Banff. Because they are in the middle of one of the most beautiful places in the world, environmental stewardship is a big part of how they do things. Their operations facility doesn't have a furnace, but runs off waste wood burned as part of a community heating system. They have over 680 solar panels on the roof that generate enough power to charge up three battery electric buses plus the whole building. There's getting power from a sustainable grid and then there's getting your power from your own solar power grid. Tune in to hear all about these topics plus how Roam Transit works with Parks Canada, trains new drivers, and helps the community leave cars behind to help the environment and congestion. Also on the show: Mike's Minute with Mike Bismeyer, and his special connection to Roam Transit Transit Unplugged TV videographer and director Jaime Cuadra talks about filming the special episode coming up in June on the Rocky Mountaineer excursion train. Check out the Transit Unplugged TV episode from Vancouver, the first stop on Paul's look at transportation in Western Canada. Next week we have Seleta Reynolds, Chief Innovation Officer and Interim Chief People Officer at LA Metro, talking about getting ready for the 2028 Summer Olympics. And Josh Cohen of Mobility Leadership Advisors on finding the right fit in your career growth. If you have a comment or want to be a guest on the show, email us at email@example.com Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Martin Bean Roam Transit Bow Valley Regional Transit Services (18:30) Mike's Minute with Mike Bismyer (20:12) About future Transit Unplugged TV episodes (25:49) Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
38 minutes | May 17, 2023
Focusing on Better Customer Experience and Micro Innovation in Transit
This week, we have two intersecting interviews covering customer experience and innovation in transit. We start off with Paul talking with Aaron Weinstein of Transit CX about creating customer experience (CX) programs within transit agencies. We continue with Brandon Bartneck, GM of Edison Manufacturing and Engineering and the host of the Future of Mobility podcast, talking about transit innovation and manufacturing. Aaron talks about building a customer experience mindset within transit agencies. As Paul notes in the interview, according to APTA, customer experience-customer service is the number one KPI agencies are tracking. It makes sense; you can’t grow ridership and attract new riders if the experience of using transit isn’t enjoyable. Aaron outlines the steps for creating a customer experience program and how journey mapping helps you figure out where your rough spots are--and then fix them. We move from CX to innovation and manufacturing with Brandon. Edison Manufacturing helps companies produce things at small scale to test and trial. Or things that companies will only need a few of. Why is this important to innovation? Because right now, as we test and trial new zero and low emissions vehicles or new autonomous vehicles, we need to prove the model before large scale manufacturing is worth the risk. How does this connect with CX? As Brandon talks about with Paul, the coolest scooters, e-bikes, autonomous vehicles, or microtransit options won’t make a difference to mobility or access to transit if the entire experience is connected and seamless throughout the entire journey. Shiny, new innovations won’t get the results people are looking for unless integrated payment solutions, and convenient pickup/drop off options are part of the picture too. We also hear from Elea Carey with her Messaging Minute, talking about playing the long-game in transit marketing messaging. Next week on Transit Unplugged we hear from Martin Bean, CEO of Roam Transit in Banff, Alberta. Martin talks about how he’s providing transit solutions not just for his community, but the millions of tourists who come to Banff every year. Paul’s chat with Martin was all part of his tour of Western Canada in April. Want to get a peek? Check out the Transit Unplugged TV episode from Vancouver. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Transit Customer Experience with Aaron Weinstein and Innovation with Brandon Bartneck (01:50) Aaron Weinstein on improving customer experience in transit (15:09) Messaging Minute with Elea Carey (17:21) Interview with Brandon Bartneck host of Future of Mobility and GM of Edison Manufacturing and Engineering (35:27) Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
33 minutes | May 10, 2023
Announcing Paul's Newest Book Plus Meeting the Needs of a Growing City in Everett, WA
Tom Hingson knows transit inside and out. Learn how the City of Everett, WA tackling battery-electric range issues with inductive charging. And announcing Paul's newest book--Comfort Food. We return to Snohomish County this week to the City of Everett (and county seat) to learn about this network within a network from Everett Transit Director Tom Hingson. With a transit career spanning 40 years, Tom has seen it all, from behind the wheel to behind the scenes as a transit leader. Everett is one of the larger cities between the Canadian border and Seattle and is part of Snohomish County--learn more about that transit system from Ric Ilgenfritz--which means Tom needs to help his community not only get around the city but also connect with Community Transit, Sound Transit, and King County Transit. Like all transit systems, Tom is transitioning to a zero-emissions fleet. Everett Transit is using grid-powered battery electric buses for the backbone of his green fleet. Unlike larger systems (like Community Transit surrounding his service area), he doesn't have long runs to manage. He doesn't have to work about range as much as being able to charge buses throughout the day. Tom is opting for inductive charging below the buses at key transit hubs so buses can run all day and just switch out drivers. This is a big transition for Everett Transit which has traditionally operated with drivers assigned to a bus rather than a route. So the driver returns to the depot at the end of their shift, and another bus goes out. As Everett Transit moves to zero emissions buses, this will move to the more typical model of drivers switching buses mid-route. But the biggest thing on Tom's mind is growth. Pressed for space, Tom and his team are looking at how or if they could merge with Community Transit to fund growth and grow the network overall. There are a lot of moving pieces, and Tom explains all of them in his conversation with Paul. Also on the show... Paul's newest book Comfort Food is out and available on Amazon! Paul talks about how this cookbook came to be--thanks to contributor Mike Bismeyer--and just a few of the recipes from all-star public transportation celebrities from around the world. Paul will be signing his books at conferences all over North America. We'll let you know where he'll be on the show. We hear from Mike Bismeyer talking about Tom's dedication to doing more than just moving people, but how he works within the larger community and government to make it all happen. Next week we have two great guests. Aaron Weinstein from Transit CX talks about improving your customer experience (CX) by building a customer experience mindset in your agency. Then Brandon Bartneck talks about how small-scale manufacturing is essential to the experiments and innovation we need in transit today. If you have a question or would like to be a guest on Transit Unplugged, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Tom Hingson and Comfort Food Cookbook (00:21) Interview with Tom Hingson, Director of Everett Transit (21:36) Mike's Minute with Mike Bismeyer (23:20) Announcing Comfort Food (30:25) Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged News and Views (32:00) Subscribe to Transit Unplugged TV on YouTube Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
40 minutes | May 3, 2023
Going Green with Hydrogen and Two Books to Level Up Your Leadership
We continue our discussion on the transition to zero emissions with Doran Barnes, CEO of Foothill Transit, and Karl Gnadt, Managing Director of the Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District, talking with Paul about their hydrogen fuel cell-powered bus fleets. Doran currently has the largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell electric buses in North America with 20 and growing to over thirty in the future. Karl manages one of a few agencies that generates its own hydrogen for its fleet of buses. Together they talk about the challenges and benefits, of electric buses powered by fuel cells. As both say, battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell have strengths and weaknesses--and there will be a place for both solutions in the future. What's essential is for agencies to talk, plan, coordinate, and share with each other. There isn't going to be a single way or perfect solution that works for everyone, but by working together, we'll reach our zero emissions goals. In the leadership segment, MV Transportation CIO Jim Haring tells us about two leadership books that have helped him as he's grown as a leader. Radical Candor and the Oz Principle give leaders tools to help care deeply but challenge directly and re-frame what it means to be accountable. In Radical Candor, Jim cites the way to help grow a team isn't just leading with empathy but using that empathy to help people grow and challenging them when they need it. If people aren't challenged and feel safe to dig deeper--even if it means failing--they won't grow. And a team with people who aren't growing will inevitably stagnate. Which ties right into the Oz Principle. In the book a central tenet is re-framing accountability as what will you do to step up and do what's needed to get the results you want. Is it enough to try, but when circumstances beyond our control get in the way, give up, or do you push that little bit more to get there. Everyone has moments when they look at a situation and say "this just isn't going to work because...", but then if you're accountable, you dust off and think, "fine, well what can I do to get where I need to go..." Together these books are a powerful way to rethink and reframe how we approach work and leadership. Also on the show, Elea Carey talks about how to help your message get more attention in her Messaging Minute. Next week, we come back out to the Pacific Northwest with Tom Hingson Director of Everett Transit and how he's planning for the future of transit in his city. If you have a question or comment, email us at email@example.com. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Hydrogen Fuel Cell Fleets and Leadership Lessons (01:18) Feature interview with Doran Barnes and Karl Gnadt on hydrogen fuel cell technology in public transit (23:02) Messaging Minute with Elea Carey (24:35) Business Book Review with Jim Haring CIO of MV Transportation (37:37) Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged (38:47) Subscribe to Transit Unplugged TV on YouTube Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
31 minutes | Apr 26, 2023
Ric Ilgenfritz Leads Community Transit with Ambitious BRT Plans and It's our 250th Episode!
Welcome to the 250th episode of Transit Unplugged! What a tremendous milestone and we're only just getting started! We have big plans for the show--the podcast and TV--and we know you'll like what we have up our sleeves. This week Paul is in conversation with Community Transit CEO, Ric Ilgenfritz from Snohomish County, WA. Listen as Ric and Paul talk about not only serving the diverse needs of Snohomish County but also the Bus Rapid Transit plans he has put into motion to get people where they want to go quickly and conveniently. Ric uses stable funding from sales taxes to not only increase operational service levels in the community but also fund capital improvements to better serve the community in the future. Snohomish County, north of Seattle, has a service area of 1300 square miles, including urban, suburban, and rural areas and Ric serves commuters heading south, plus a large and diverse community of 650,000 people. He accomplishes this with commuter coach buses, BRT, regular bus service, and paratransit running throughout the county. Because his community is so closely tied to the universities and businesses to the south, Ric works closely with his colleagues at Sound Transit, King County Metro, and Everitt Transit to make sure all the systems are coordinated together, including the expansion of the Sound Transit Light Rail project into Snohomish County. As light rail reaches his service area, Ric will be able to curtail service to Seattle and redeploy those assets to improve frequency and service levels in the rest of the county. Listen to the whole story and how his experience working in Washington D.C. helps him serve his community now. All this plus Mike's Minute with Mike Bismeyer. Next week on Transit Unplugged, we continue our discussion of the transition to zero emissions transit with Doran Barnes, CEO of Foothill Transit, and Karl Gnadt, Managing Director of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, with more on hydrogen fuel cells. We also get book recommendations from Jim Haring, CIO of MV Transportation in our leadership segment. If you have a question or want to be a guest on the show, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Ric Ilgenfrtiz CEO Community Transit (00:02) Interview with Ric Ilgenfritz - CEO of Community Transit Learn more about Community Transit on their website https://vzyfm.co/3mK9FPD (27:55) Mike's Minute with Mike Bismeyer https://vzyfm.co/3tAj8Zy (29:29) Coming up next week Doran Barnes, Karl Gnadt, and Jim Haring (30:27) Subscribe to Transit Unplugged TV on YouTube https://vzyfm.co/3SB9Bx3 Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
57 minutes | Apr 19, 2023
CEO Roundtable Recorded Live at ThinkTransit: Behind the Scenes with Transit Leaders
Recorded live at ThinkTransit in Nashville, this CEO Roundtable brings together four of North America's brightest transit leaders for an in-depth discussion about their lives, careers, and the future of transit in North America. Join Paul in conversation with: Doran Barnes, CEO of Foothill Transit Monica Backmon, CEO of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Erinn Pinkerton, CEO of BC Transit Billy Terry, Executive Director of the National Transit Institute In the episode, you'll hear Doran and Erinn talk about their pragmatic approaches to zero emissions and reducing carbon emissions with real solutions any agency can explore. Including diesel options you might not have considered before. There are a lot of diesel buses out there, and that isn't going to change anytime soon, so maybe fueling them with renewable diesel that produces less CO2 is the "yes, and..." in the transition to zero emissions. Monica dives into how she works with a disparate set of stakeholders, balancing the needs of one group versus those of the larger region. Monica also reflects on how important it was to have a mentor when she started as CEO at NVTA; now, she's giving back as a WTS mentor, helping others climb the career ladder. Finally, Billy talks about leadership development and training. NTI provides essential training to transit professionals across North America. While the pandemic forced all of the classes online, this now has become an opportunity for NTI to continue to offer those classes online so they can reach people who aren't able to travel or have an NTI session come to their agency. We'll be hearing more from Doran about hydrogen fuel cell buses on an upcoming episode of Transit Unplugged, as well as leadership segments and, as always, insights from transit leaders on solving today's transit challenges. Next week we have Ric Ilgenfritz, CEO of Community Transit, talking with Paul about serving a diverse community north of Seattle, WA. Ric talks about helping commuters get to Seattle and helping people in his community get around a region with urban, suburban, and rural routes. If you have a question, comment, or want to be a guest on Transit Unplugged, email us at email@example.com. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Transit Unplugged CEO Roundtable Live at ThinkTransit 2023 (00:10) Welcome and introductions (03:14) Doran Barnes career history and Foothill Transit https://vzyfm.co/43L0M90 (07:32) Monica Backmon on her career and NVTA https://vzyfm.co/3GVk1TP (13:35) Erinn Pinkerton her career and BC Transit https://vzyfm.co/43KQxBC (20:08) Billy Terry and NTI https://vzyfm.co/41kRTkY (25:58) Monica Backmon on working with boards (29:37) Doran Barnes on his customers and zero emissions (35:23) Erinn Pinkerton on low carbon versus zero emissions (39:43) Billy Terry on training leaders (44:07) Round table what's the favorite thing from the past week (51:58) Roundtable future of transit and the industry (55:16) Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged Ric Ilgenfritz, CEO of Community Transit, will be Paul's guest next week. https://vzyfm.co/3mK9FPD (56:09) Subscribe to Transit Unplugged TV on YouTube https://vzyfm.co/3SB9Bx3 Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
35 minutes | Apr 12, 2023
Promoting Inclusive Public Transport in Singapore with Andy Thompson of Go-Ahead Singapore
Singapore is one of the most densely packed cities in the world. Designed to be a "car-light" city, most people rely on public transport to get around. Learn about this fully-integrated and accessible system from Andy Thompson, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Singapore. Paul Comfort and Andy Thompson discuss how Go-Ahead Singapore helps people in Singapore get from place to place with buses, subways, and more. Because so many people rely on public transport, it's essential the entire system be accessible and inclusive. From small placards people without visible disabilities can show to get a seat (a Go-Ahead innovation) to digital wayfinding, Singapore's transport system could be one of the most accessible systems in the world. Andy also talks about his career journey across continents before landing in Singapore to manage Go-Ahead there. This interview gives you a taste of what transit is all about in this island city-state. If you'd like to learn more about Singapore, watch the recent Transit Unplugged TV episode. Also on the show, Mike Bismeyer talks about the recent TripSpark Ignite conference...and the act of kindness that came from the trip. Next week we'll have the live CEO roundtable from ThinkTransit that happened just last week. It's a great conversation from the main stage, unplugged and in-depth. If you have a question, comment, or would like to be a guest on the show, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Promoting Inclusive Public Transport in Singapore (00:20) Interivew with Andy Thompson, Go-Ahead Singapore (31:10) Mike's Minute with Mike Bismeyer (32:47) Coming up next week the Transit Unplugged Live CEO Roundtable (33:45) Subscribe to Transit Unplugged TV on YouTube Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
35 minutes | Apr 5, 2023
Craig Cipriano On Planning for Zero Emissions and Developing Your Career
This week Paul is in conversation with Craig Cipriano and talking about how he put together the plan for New York MTA to transition to zero emissions. We talk a lot about the technology side of the problem. Hydrogen vs battery electric. How to charge batteries. Where is your hydrogen coming from. But what we don't talk about is how agencies need to adapt and change processes, workflows, and even the structure of their organizations to make it happen. The first thing Craig did to attack the problem head on, was to get everyone together--all the stakeholders--and created a new project management office. This office tackled the thorny problems of who would do what and who would have the final say on which decisions. It was the holistic view of the challenge that ensured departmental silos would be broken down and everyone who needed a say--from workforce to facilities, operations to maintenance--had a seat at the table. But some of Craig's best lessons from his conversation with Paul had to do with how he actively managed his career. He took advantage of opportunities. He sought out new things to learn. He got out of the office and into the field to learn more about the entire operation at the MTA. This active approach helped him climb the ladder at the MTA from mechanical engineer to eventually COO. His career advice is a must-listen no matter where you are in your career or what part of transit your work in (or even in transit at all). Also on the show: Paul talks about Andy Byford joining Amtrak and what that means for rail in the U.S. Elea Carey talks about building, protecting, and enhancing your agency's brand Paul reads from his first book Full Throttle on putting people first. Next week on the show, we have Andy Thompson of Go-Ahead Singapore on that city-state's integrated and accessible transit system. If you want to learn more about Singapore and its transit system, watch the episode on Transit Unplugged TV. If you have a question, comment, or would like to be a guest on the show, email us at email@example.com
27 minutes | Mar 29, 2023
Creating a dynamic on-demand transit system in Oklahoma with Kendra McGeady, Pelivan Transit
We often highlight large transit systems on Transit Unplugged, but there are hundreds of smaller transit systems that are just as--maybe even more so--innovative who also provide those critical links in their community. Kendra McGeady, Director of Pelivan Transit, is one of those innovators. Her coverage area is thousands of square miles in Oklahoma, supporting the Cherokee Nation, other tribes in the area, and the wider community as well. Like many rural transit services, Pelivan provides an essential link for people depending on transit to get to work, school, the store, and health care. Kendra also talks about her PICK Transportation pilot that connects people in the region with a more flexible on-demand service than a traditional call-ahead and book system. And while the pilot has been very successful so far, it hasn't been without its challenges. As Kendra relates, in the first few days of the pilot launch, a driver was assaulted, and their brand-new van was stolen. While everything turned out okay, it was a wake-up call for her. After that incident Pelivan added cameras, panic buttons, training, and other safety measures to ensure her drivers--and the community--would feel and be safe on her buses. You can hear Kendra tell the whole story in the episode, and it highlights that the problem of driver assaults in transit isn't a big city problem but a nationwide problem. Kendra was also a guest--like previous guest Noah Berger--on the Preventing Driver Assaults podcast (hosted by Paul and Kristen Joiner) and we encourage you to listen to her episode (episode six) as well as the other episodes in the series. Also on the show, Mike Bismeyer relates his special connection to Oklahoma to his career in transit and how it has shaped his mentorship and kindness journey Next week, Paul, Tris, and many past guests will be at ThinkTransit in Nashville, TN. If you'd like to join us, there's still time to register. Get all the details on the ThinkTransit website. If you have a question, comment, or would like to be a guest on the show, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Kendra McGeady - Pelivan Transit (16:59) Mike's Minute with Mike Bismeyer (19:01) Interview with Kendra McGeady, part 2 (25:44) Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged (26:24) Subscribe to Transit Unplugged TV on YouTube Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
55 minutes | Mar 22, 2023
What the financial crisis means for your agency with David Leininger and is hydrogen our best zero emissions option with Kirt Conrad
We have an info-packed show for you this week. We lead off with Paul in conversation with David Leininger of Leininger Analytics, talking about the current banking crisis and what agencies need to think about. Where David says you have to check for risk isn't where many of you would think! We then move on to Kirt Conrad talking about SARTA and its fleet of hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses--the third largest in the country! Finally, learn about building your emotional intelligence (EQ) from Shair Burgess of UTA. This is another great leadership development segment that will get you thinking about how you approach emotions and feelings at work. This episode highlights the depth and breadth of what we talk about here on Transit Unplugged. Going from the latest news that affects transit, technologies that will shape the future of the industry, and how to become a better leader inside and outside of work. There's nowhere else you'll find experts like these! Also on this episode, Elea Carey asks, how well do you really know your market? Regular market research and assessments are critical to your agency staying in tune with your community. Coming up next week, Kendra McGeady of Pelivan Transit will be Paul's guest on Transit Unplugged In-Depth. If you have a question, comment, or would like to be a guest on the show, email us at email@example.com. Resources mentioned in Kirt Conrad's episode: National Renewable Energy Laboratory CALSTART Zero Emissions Bus Resource, Alliance Center for Transportation and the Environment Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) What the financial crisis means for your agency, hydrogen fuel cells, and EQ (00:18) What's on the show this week (02:15) Interivew with David Leininger founder of Leininger Analytics (13:17) Interview with Kirt Conrad CEO of SARTA (31:56) Elea Cary's Messaging Minute (33:30) Interview with Shari Burgess (53:47) Coming up next week Kendra McGeady (54:28) Subscribe to Transit Unplugged TV on YouTube! Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
36 minutes | Mar 15, 2023
Noah Berger MVRTA
Noah Berger of the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA or MEVA) has done two amazing things at his agency: he's increased ridership 122% and gone zero fare--even going so far as removing the fareboxes from the buses. And the amazing thing about it is the why. Noah believes if take care of all your riders in general, you'll get more riders overall. He gives the example of accessible buses. They are great for people with disabilities, but they are also great for parents with strollers, people with groceries, and that person who doesn't need a lift, but appreciates having only one step to get on the bus. Noah believes transit needs to be a part of the community, really a part of it. MEVA embraces the people and cultures of his region. He's creating hubs for people to gather and small businesses get attention. He's worked with arts groups to give homes to custom-painted pianos and benches. He's ensuring everything about MEVA is made to get people where they need to go. From route numbers that make sense to route planning that get people to and from the places efficiently Noah is always thinking about his customers. Noah will be part of a first-of-its-kind debate at the Executive Summit during ThinkTransit on zero fares vs fare enforcement. Given his experience and results, it's going to be a good debate. It's not too late to register for the Executive Summit or ThinkTransit. We have all the registration information on the ThinkTransit website. Next week we have Kirt Conrad of STARK talking about hydrogen fuel buses and Shari Burgess in our leadership segment. If you have a question or comment, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the episode page on TransitUnplugged.com to see the pianos, bench, and minibus. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Noah Berger Administrator, Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (00:18) Interview with Noah Berger, Administrator of the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority Link to MVRTA below https://vzyfm.co/3kRfqdx (01:10) Preventing Driver Assaults from CTAA Preventing Driver Assaults podcast with Paul Comfort, Noah Berger, Niorka Mendez, and Kristen Joiner https://vzyfm.co/3JCSMPs (13:01) MeVa Paratransit bus (14:25) Mike's Minute with Mike Bismeyer Connect with Mike on LinkedIn! https://vzyfm.co/3tAj8Zy (16:05) Interview with Noah Berger Continues (16:53) Piano 1 (16:59) Piano 2 (17:13) Piano 3 (17:30) Custom bench (34:28) Coming up next week Kirt Conrad and Shari Burgess (35:31) Subscribe to Transit Unplugged TV on YouTube https://vzyfm.co/3SB9Bx3 Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
31 minutes | Mar 8, 2023
Jon Nouchi and Keith "Flip" Griffin
This week we have the companion interview to the Transit Unplugged TV episode from Hawaii, with Jon Nouchi, Deputy Director of the Honolulu Department of Transportation Services. For the first time, Paul doesn't just sit down with our guest; he walks and rides with Jon on the Number 8 electric bus. Jon tells Paul about his department's commitment to preserving the Hawaiian language and culture right down to having bus announcements in English and Hawaiian. While the conversation wanders into pineapples and food, Jon also reflects with Paul on their spirit of innovation as a crossroads of cultures in the middle of the Pacific. More than pretty beaches and volcanoes, Hawaii and its people are creating transit solutions that are uniquely theirs. We continue with retired Navy Command Master Chief and co-founder of Lions Guide, Keith "Flip" Griffin, with leadership lessons especially for people in the crucial middle-management layer. Middle managers are the glue that keeps organizations coordinated and connected, and Flip gives advice for managing up to the executives, down to their people, but also out and ahead to what lies on the horizon. This, and the rest of his advice, is crucial for anyone who wants to move up the ladder, and then what to do once you get there. Also on the show, Elea Carey talks about translating your agency materials into other languages. Google Translate might work okay, but native speakers will give you the edge when trying to really convey your meaning. Next week on Transit Unplugged In-Depth, we have Noah Berger, Administrator at the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority, talking about his agency, and some really cool pianos. Tune into Transit Unplugged News and Views wherever you get podcasts, including now YouTube! If you have a question or want to be a guest on the show, email us at email@example.com. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Jon Nouchi and Keith Griffin (01:12) Interview with Jon Nouchi on the Number 8 Bus https://vzyfm.co/3F3wxQf (13:41) Elea Carey's Messaging Minute https://vzyfm.co/3EhVMyh (15:41) Interivew with Kieth "Flip" Griffin on Leadership https://vzyfm.co/3kXxSkD (29:10) Coming up next week Noah Berger https://vzyfm.co/3kRfqdx (29:46) Subscribe to Transit Unplugged on YouTube https://vzyfm.co/3SB9Bx3 Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
32 minutes | Mar 1, 2023
Stephen M. R. Covey
We are excited to bring you this special episode of Transit Unplugged with world-renowned speaker and leadership expert Stephen M. R. Covey. In this riveting conversation, Paul and Stephen talk about what it means to lead people, organizations, and ourselves, today. Stephen Covey, already an expert on leadership and leadership development, faced a challenge while merging Franklin Quest and the Covey Leadership Center to form FranklinCovey. People who had been rivals and competitors were now working together and building a new company. And as Stephen tells it, things were not going well. As he studied the problem, Stephen realized the root cause was a lack of trust. Stephen figured out how to help build trust within the company and how that changed everything for the better and turned things around. Inspired by this experience, Stephen wrote the best-selling book Speed of Trust. Then based on that book's success, Stephen wrote Trust & Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of the Year by the Outstanding Work of Literature Awards. As Paul and Stephen explore the connections between trust, inspiration, and how we lead people, Stephen talks about how we should change our mindset to leading people and managing things. As Stephen says, people want to be led, not managed. They want to feel trusted in their job and then be able to extend that trust back to the company and its leaders. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did and share it with others. If you'd like to learn more about Stephen Covey and the Global Trust Practice at FranklinCovey, visit https://www.speedoftrust.com/. And as an extra bonus...you can now find the Transit Unplugged podcast on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@transitunpluggedpodcast! Also on the show, Mike Bismeyer connects Stephen's message of trust and inspiration with kindness and mentorship. Next week our newsmaker interview is with Jon Nouchi, Deputy Director of Transportation Services for the City and County of Honolulu and our leadership segment features Keith Griffin of Lions Guide. If you have a question, comment, or want to be a guest on the show, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Stephen M. R. Covey This week we have a special episode focused on leadership with world-renowned expert and best-selling author Stephen M. R. Covey. Transit Unplugged is now on YouTube! Subscribe today! https://www.youtube.com/@transitunpluggedpodcast https://vzyfm.co/3Zv8Yr0 (00:22) Interview with Stephen M. R. Covey Learn more about Stephen's work at Speed of Trust https://www.speedoftrust.com/ and FranklinCovey https://www.franklincovey.com/ https://vzyfm.co/3y1ZYOK (13:57) Mike's Minute with Mike Bismeyer Learn more about Mike Bismeyer on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kindnessiscoolbythebiz/ https://vzyfm.co/3tAj8Zy (15:42) Interview with Stephen M. R. Covey, continued https://vzyfm.co/3y1ZYOK (30:16) Coming up next week Jon Nouchi and Keith Griffin Subscribe to the newsletter to stay in the loop at TransitUnplugged.com https://vzyfm.co/3EbUSmJ (31:06) Subscribe to Transit Unplugged TV on YouTube! Subscribe on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/@transitunplugged https://vzyfm.co/3SB9Bx3 Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
51 minutes | Feb 22, 2023
Christian Kent and Shawn Moon
This week we bring you two fantastic and thoughtful interviews on Transit Unplugged News and Views. First, transit consultant Christian Kent of Transit Management Consulting, LLC, talks with Paul about two essential topics: Delivering paratransit services Ensuring our hiring practices are inclusive and welcoming for disabled applicants. Christian talks about how the world of delivering paratransit has changed in the 30-odd years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) first enacted the rules. He believes there are better, faster, and more sustainable ways to deliver paratransit by looking beyond "typical" paratransit solutions and towards solutions like TNC (transportation network companies) and fully accessible transit. Christian then segues into hiring the disabled. We are in critical need of workers, and the unemployment rate among the disabled is still around 70%, but are our hiring practices inclusive? Do disabled applicants feel welcome to apply? Something we all should ask ourselves when it comes to hiring. We then move on to another powerful leadership segment with Shawn Moon, Senior Consultant with FranklinCovey. Shawn is the co-author of Leading Loyalty: Cracking the Code to Customer Devotion and talks with Paul about the four critical facets of leadership and building an engaged team. Shawn continues with the three critical pillars of building loyalty with customers and the people you work with. Leadership and loyalty are intertwined together with what Stephen M. R. Covey will be talking about next week with a special Transit Unplugged In-Depth: leadership and trust. Also in this episode: Paul talks more about the Executive Summit during ThinkTransit and one of the burning issues facing the transit industry: fares. You can read more about the Executive Summit on the Trapeze blog. Elea Carey talks about how to spread the word that a career in transit isn't just all about driving. There are hundreds of careers in public transit from mechanics to marketing, plumbing to planning and more. As mentioned above, our special guest next week is Stephen M. R. Covey co-founder of the Global Trust Practice at FranklinCovey. This powerful episode will have you captivated from the first minute and keep you enthralled for the entire show. If you have a question or want to be a guest on Transit Unplugged email us at email@example.com. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Christian Kent and Shawn Moon Transit Unplugged News and Views (00:24) Transit News of the Week with Paul Comfort (10:20) Interview with Christian Kent (33:08) Messaging Minute with Elea Carey (34:59) Interview with Shawn Moon (49:37) Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged (50:33) Subscribe to Transit Unplugged TV on YouTube Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
27 minutes | Feb 15, 2023
Ts Mazli Mustaffa -- Sarawak Metro
This week we give you the first of three podcast episodes from Paul's recent Pacific tour that took him from Hawaii to Malaysia to Singapore. We kick things off with the CEO of Sarawak Metro, Ts Mazli Mustaffa. Sarawak Metro is in a unique position where they are tasked with building and expanding public transit in their region--a challenge that always fosters innovation. As you'll hear in Paul's conversation with Mr. Mustaffa, they have a tremendous innovation running in Sarawak: an autonomous, green hydrogen-powered trackless tram that works like light rail, but on wheels. This gives them the ability to flexibly manage the service without needing to worry about tracks or railways. The autonomous rapid transit solution has also had a side benefit as a way to create jobs and technology innovation in the region. From generating green hydrogen to power the fleet to the technology that makes the buses autonomous the Sarawak region is at the cutting edge of these two key technologies. Also in this episode, Mike Bismeyer brings us Mike's Minute reflecting on last week's guest Eulois Cleckley's leadership segment focusing on people and mentoring. Next week we have transit consultant Christian Kent chatting with Paul about recruitment and retention and then we have Shawn Moon of FranklinCovey talking about leadership. Shawn will also be a speaker at the Executive Summit during ThinkTransit. We're very excited to announce our March 1st show will be entirely dedicated to leadership with our very special guest Stephen M R Covey author of Trust and Inspire and Smart Trust. Stay tuned for more about Stephen M R Covey's upcoming episode. Stay tuned for more about Stephen M R Covey's upcoming episode. If you have a question or would like to be a guest on Transit Unplugged, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Ts Mazli Mustaffa, CEO Sarawak Metro (00:30) Interview with Mazli Mustaffa, CEO Sarawak Metro (15:56) Mike's Minute with Mike Bismeyer (18:39) Interview with Ts Mazli Mustaffa, part 2 (25:29) Coming up next week Christian Kent and Shawn Moon (26:14) Attend the Executive Summit at ThinkTransit Learn more at https://www.trapezegroup.com/thinktransit/executive-summit Only $149 and includes access to the entire ThinkTransit conference. https://vzyfm.co/3Kctetr Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
30 minutes | Feb 8, 2023
Stacey Matlen and Eulois Cleckley
One of the hardest things about transit is getting new technology into production. Something that sounds great, but is just a little on the cutting edge is hard for agencies to practically test and trial. This is where The Partnership for New York City and The Transit Tech Lab come in. Stacey Matlen, VP of Innovation at the Partnership for NYC, talks with Paul about how she's helping technology companies and the region's transit agencies test out new ideas and bring the best into production. Right now they have two competitions going for operational efficiency and human capital and you can learn more about these competitions in the show and on the Transit Tech Lab website. We continue our new leadership series with Eulois Cleckley, Director and CEO of the Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works, talking about his formula for helping build leaders and being a leader in his agency. Eulois has been on the show before talking about his vision for transit, now we see how that vision for transit is reflected in his leadership vision. "...Leadership really is about people and it's about the people you serve. And it's also about the staff that comes, works very hard for you every single day. And so if you're not focused on making sure you're preparing and protecting your staff, and you're leading your staff and you're setting a sound vision for them; you're really putting a department in a bad position to not be as effective as what it could be. And then for those employees that are highly talented and could go on to do great things, you're suppressing their ability to do so." Also on the show: Paul tells about the retirement of an industry legend, and three new CEOs taking the helms' of their agencies this month. Elea gives us some ideas for swag that won't just end up being thrown away. Next week on Transit Unplugged we have the first of several interviews from Paul's recent Pacific tour. Listen to Paul in conversation with Ts Mazli Mustaffa, CEO of Sarawak Metro in Malaysia, as they talk about the metro system and their green hydrogen efforts. If you have a question or would like to be a guest on the show, you can email us at email@example.com. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Stacey Matlen and Eulois Cleckley (00:04) Opening and Transit News of the Week (05:58) Interview with Stacey Matlen , VP Innovation, Partnership for NYC (16:32) Messaging Minute with Elea Carey (18:19) Leadership segment with Eulois Cleckley (28:43) Coming up next week Ts Mazli Mustaffa (29:24) Check out Transit Unplugged TV on YouTube! Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
29 minutes | Feb 1, 2023
Kate Mattice -- Northern Virginia Transportation Commission
This week Paul chats with Kate Mattice, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Transit Commission, about managing and advising transit agencies and the Virginia Rail Express in one of the most complex and connected regions in the United States. From zero emissions to zero fare, Kate Mattice is tackling the big issues facing transit in Northern Virginia and the U.S. Capitol Region. It's not enough to get people from A to B; you need to plan for C, D, and E as well. In today's new transit environment with zero emissions, zero fare, and infrastructure investments, Kate has a pragmatic vision for getting it done. You might remember last season's episode with Monica Backmon and her similar task in the region, these two episodes highlight the critical need to cross-agency collaboration in regions like Northern Virginia. Also this week Mike Bismeyer comments on mentoring and mentorship in Mike's Minute. Mike recently share his work with a new mentee and how the value you get from being a mentor goes both ways. Next week on Transit Unplugged we have Stacey Matlen, VP of Innovation at Partnership for New York City, and Eulois Cleckley, CEO of the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works. If you have a question or want to be a guest on the show, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Kate Mattice, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (00:26) Interview with Kate Mattice, Part 1 (19:49) Mike's Minute with Mike Bismeyer (21:39) Interview with Kate Mattice, Part 2 (26:51) Coming up next week: Stacey Matlen and Eulois Cleckley (27:47) Subscribe to Transit Unplugged TV on YouTube! Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
40 minutes | Jan 25, 2023
Rikesh Shah and Larnzell Harper
Great leaders foster great innovation. Rikesh Shah is driving innovation at Transport for London (TfL), and Larnzell Harper helps level up transit leaders. Learn about both sides of the equation in two dynamic interviews. People think innovation is all about new shiny things, but it's really about finding new ways to solve problems. Rikesh Shah, Head of Open Innovation at TfL dives into some of the innovations he's led--and some of them have less to do with moving people than understanding everything about the environment of moving them. We continue with our leadership series with Larnzell Harper, Manager of Training and Development at VIA Metropolitan Transit helping people level up as leaders with pragmatic advice on decision-making and creating a toolbox of leadership tools you can leverage across jobs and situations. Innovation and leadership are so closely aligned. Building a culture of innovation requires leaders who are okay with false starts and mistakes. Leaders who look at how everyone else has done it and ask, "Can we do this better? Is this really working?" Larnzell and Rikesh typify leaders who make it safe to ask questions, try new things, and push us--and our agencies--to be better. Also on the show, Paul has the transit news of the week, including a historic grant award for Chicago's Metra, and Elea Carey reminds us that a postcard in the mail could be just the thing to get your message across. Next week on Transit Unplugged we have Kate Mattice, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Transit Commission. If you have questions or comments, email us at email@example.com. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Rikesh Shah and Larnzell Harper--Innovation and Leadership (00:31) Transit News of the Week (05:36) Interview with Rikesh Shah, Head of Open Innovation, Transport for London (26:15) Messaging Minute with Elea Carey (27:58) Subscribe to Transit Unplugged TV on YouTube (28:45) Interview with Larnzell Harper Manager of Training and Development, VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority (39:20) Coming up next week Kate Mattice of the Northern Virginia Transit Commission Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.
31 minutes | Jan 18, 2023
Catherine Rinaldi -- Metro-North and Long Island Rail Roads
Join Paul in conversation with Catherine Rinaldi, President of Metro-North Railroad and Interim President of Long Island Rail Road in New York. As Catherine says in her chat with Paul, New York wouldn't be New York without transit. Getting from A to B efficiently makes buses, subways, and trains. These two critical rail lines provide commuters with critical connections throughout the New York Metropolitan Area, and the new stations--like Grand Central Madison--will make connections even smoother. Learn about all the plans for connecting New York, her career, and her look ahead at how rail fits into the larger transportation picture in this week's Transit Unplugged In-Depth. Also in this episode, Mike Bismeyer gives his leadership insight in Mike's Minute--now airing on In-Depth shows! If you have a question or comment, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for the newsletter so you're always in the loop with what's going on with the show. Enriched by Vizzy (00:00) Catherine Rinaldi Full Show (00:13) Interview with Cathy Rinaldi, Part 1h (20:34) Mike's Minute with Mike Bismeyer (22:18) Interview with Cathy Rinaldi, part 2 (29:24) Subscribe to Transit Unplugged TV on YouTube (30:16) Closing and coming up next week Chapters, images & show notes powered by vizzy.fm.