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Managing Public Transit Through COVID-19

Transit Unplugged

Release Date: 03/17/2020

Doug Kelsey - TriMet show art Doug Kelsey - TriMet

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Doug Kelsey, CEO and General Manager of TriMet, joins Transit Unplugged to provide an outlook on his career, experiences (including a leading role supporting public transportation for the Olympics), and his current role at TriMet. Doug has a professional background that spans both the private and public sectors, with over 20 years in public transit. He shares his value of having both private and public expertise, and the importance of being customer centric.

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Comfort's Corner: Learning from Past Disruptions show art Comfort's Corner: Learning from Past Disruptions

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In today's episode, we hear from Professor Graham Currie, Professor of Public Transit at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia. Professor Currey's recent research focuses on the long-term impacts of COVID-19 and public transit demand – and how public transit will look once the pandemic is over. He leverages past evidence of disruptions, to uncover what they have taught us about public transit ridership, and what this means for the public transit industry, post-COVID-19.

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Mobility Innovations - ZEBs & AVs with CUTRIC  show art Mobility Innovations - ZEBs & AVs with CUTRIC

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In this special innovation episode, Josipa Petrunic, Executive Director and CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), joins Transit Unplugged to discuss the innovative projects CUTRIC is focusing on now and into the future.

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Comfort's Corner: Adapting Mobility Services to Support COVID-19   show art Comfort's Corner: Adapting Mobility Services to Support COVID-19

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"Public transportation has a future and we will carve out the future. We will work together with the communities to make sure our values are demonstrated and that everyone can have mobility to improve the quality of life here." In today's episode, we hear from Chris O'Claire, Mobility Division Director at King County Metro Transit, as she shares how, along with MV, King County has adapted their mobility services to support the Washington State community during COVID-19.

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India Birdsong - Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority show art India Birdsong - Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

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"With any project, you've got to plan it out." On today's episode, hear from India Birdsong, General Manager and CEO of Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, as she shares how their agency is responding to COVID-19 and their future projects.

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Comfort's Corner: Recovery from COVID-19 show art Comfort's Corner: Recovery from COVID-19

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"Eventually, as the world returns to normal, whatever that new normal is going to be... people are going to want to return to public transit." On today's episode, hear from Kevin Desmond, CEO of TransLink. Plus, learn how cities and agencies are responding to COVID-19, with a look at transit budgets and ridership trends, and listen to a reading from the bestselling new book, "The Future of Public Transportation."

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Nuria Fernandez - Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority show art Nuria Fernandez - Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

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"We have been entrusted with such an important responsibility." 

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Comfort’s Corner: Designing Technology for Pandemics show art Comfort’s Corner: Designing Technology for Pandemics

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“Our job is to … innovate and design technologies that can solve the pandemic issue, address the pandemic issue, or better prepare us for a future that’s even worse.”

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Phil Washington – LA Metro show art Phil Washington – LA Metro

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“Our economy is built on those frontline folks, and transit is moving those frontline folks, which makes us the foundation of the foundation.”

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Comfort's Corner: Utilizing Technology During COVID-19 show art Comfort's Corner: Utilizing Technology During COVID-19

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On today's episode, hear from Pierre Racz, CEO of Genetec. Plus, learn more about the potential drawbacks of thermal cameras and listen to a reading from the bestselling new book, "The Future of Public Transportation."

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“It’s easier to manage the hecticness when you have a plan in place."

Community safety is a paramount concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it’s your riders or employees, it’s essential to understand what you can do to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

While things are changing rapidly, six guests talk about how they are handling COVID-19. As they develop plans for different scenarios, all of them have increased cleaning and sanitation measures. You’ll hear from transit leaders from the U.S.A. (MATA, DART, OmniRide, Texas Transit Association), Canada (Saskatoon Transit), and Australia (Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies).

To keep informed on COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization, Government of Canada, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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