Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tom Cahir, Cape Cod RTA Administrator

In this edition of the CT Podcast we talk trains with Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) Administrator Tom Cahir. Earlier this summer, CCRTA launched the CapeFlyer, a summer weekend train between Boston and Buzzard's Bay and Hyannis. The CapeFlyer is the first train between these two points in 50 years and, not surprisingly, it's a huge hit. In the podcast, Cahir covers the importance of local bus connections on the Cape and the enthusiasm locally with which the service has been received. Last week alone, 996 people left their cars behind and went to the Cape on the CapeFlyer.

Listen here: (13:45)

Ron Baumgart, Executive Director, River Cities Public Transit, Pierre, South Dakota

Ron Baumgart, executive director of River Cities Public Transit in Pierre, S.D., was named the 2013 Community Transportation Manager of the Year at the CTAA EXPO last month in Albuquerque. Ron shares his perspective on effective transit management in this multi-faceted podcast discussion. From looking at his agency's service through the eyes of a customer to surrounding himself with the best staff possible, Ron offers his transit management insights here.

Listen Here: (14:48)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ted Ward, 2013 National Community Transportation Driver of the Year

Last month in Albuquerque, NM, Ted Ward — an operator under contract with MV Transportation at Austin's Capital Metro — won the body-on-chassis bus division at the 2013 National Community Transportation Roadeo and was named the Otis Reed Jr. Driver of the Year. Ward has been driving in Austin for more than two decades, focusing on serving people with disabilities. "My job is a joy," he says. He joins the CT Podcast to discuss his work, the roadeo and more.

Listen Here (15:38)