Metro Magazine

Paul Comfort Talks his New Children's Book and the State of the Industry Today

Paul Comfort, VP, business development at Trapeze, and host of the Transit Unplugged podcast rejoins METRO's Alex Roman to discuss his upcoming children’s book about public transit. Comfort also discusses the state of the transit industry today, the need for more emergency funding, workforce development, and more.

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St. Louis Metro's Jessica Mefford-Miller discusses a new electric bus program, on-demand solutions, and mobile ticketing

Jessica Mefford-Miller, executive director for St. Louis’s Metro Transit discusses an electric bus program, the addition of mobile ticketing, as well as how the pandemic has impacted the region and how it will shape the future of mobility.

MJ Maynard Discusses Safety Measures, the ADA Community, and the Las Vegas Strip

MJ Maynard, CEO of the RTC of Southern Nevada, joins METRO's Alex Roman to discuss her recent article about the measures the agency is taking to protect its ridership during the pandemic, how COVID-19 is impacting the Las Vegas Strip, the RTC’s ongoing work with the ADA community, and more.

The State of the Motorcoach Industry and the Need for Funding with Armir Harris.

Armir Harris of CharterUp sits down with Alex Roman to discuss the recent survey showing the impact of the pandemic on the public transportation industry and the effort behind urging congress to pass the CERTS Act.

The Short- and Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19 on Public Transit and its Ridership with Nicole Recker and Tom Ryden

Nicole Recker, VP of mobility services and administration at Texas’ DCTA, and Tom Ryden, senior project manager for LAN, join METRO's Alex Roman to discuss the implications for transit caused by the pandemic, how branding and messaging will play a part in ridership returning, much more.

Building New Models to Increase Mobility Partnerships with Uber's Chris Pangilinan

Chris Pangilinan, Head of Global Policy for Public Transportation at Uber. Chris joins METROspectives to discuss Uber's first Software-as-a-Service partnership with Marin Transit, how public transit agencies are adapting quicker then ever to increase the options they provide in the communities they serve, and how COVID-19 will impact future mobility models.

Canadian Transit Struggles with Pandemic, Fights for Federal Aid

Marco D'Angelo, President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) joins METROspectives to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian transit, how some provinces are starting full schedules, and the ongoing fight to get federal funding to help offset operational losses.

What Does Public Transit Look Like in a Post-Pandemic Reality?

METROspectives speaks with John Andoh, Executive Director and CEO of South Carolina's The COMET mass transportation system. Andoh discusses how The COMET and its workforce are dealing with COVID-19, what it's like to be a manager of a public transportation agency at this time, and what the agency is doing to plan for its new post-pandemic reality.

What Public Transit Looks Like Now and Will Look Like After COVID-19 with Paul Comfort

METROspectives speaks with Paul Comfort, VP, business development at Trapeze, and host of the Transit Unplugged podcast. Comfort discusses the present and future of public transportation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, his perspectives on what it's like to unpack an action plan, and his new book "The Future of Public Transportation." 

The Immediate Impact of COVID-19 on the Motorcoach Industry

METROspectives has a conversation with the American Bus Association (ABA) President/CEO Peter Pantuso, who discusses the impact COVID-19 has had on the motorcoach industry and why he believes Congress must act to help support an industry that is mostly made up small, mostly family-run businesses.

COVID-19's Impact on Essential Transit Providers

Community Transportation of America (CTAA) Director, Scott Bogren, joins us to discuss how they and their membership are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, how surface transportation re-authorization may play out, and how new mobility models differ in smaller cities versus larger metro regions.

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