- File Size: 1576 KB
- Print Length: 427 pages
- Publisher: Comfort Consulting World Wide, LLC (March 1, 2020)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B084RM87NP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Future of Public Transportation Kindle Edition
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Paul Comfort, who wrote and compiled this book, is an extremely astute transit expert, or as he calls himself, a “transit evangelist.” This is not only based on his years of transit experience, including his role as CEO of the Maryland MTA, but also on the numerous interviews he made with transit CEOs as part of the Transit Unplugged podcast series and observations he made at many systems he visited. Paul has contributed a great deal of his knowledge and experience to this work, but equally beneficial is his ability to incorporate the expertise of industry colleagues to provide a balanced and comprehensive treatment of the transit issues of today.
As transit properties continue to lose ridership in many areas while bleeding taxpayer dollars against lower farebox return, and transportation network company (TNC) operators along with micro-mobility (bike and scooter sharing) concessions and carsharing fleets announced yet another year of billions of $USD in private investor losses consideration of the book’s key topic could not be more timely.
Along with his own insights this former head of MTA Maryland has curated this compendium of knowledge from transit property and other #transportation leaders and innovators and blended it into a #multimodal window into the coming decade. It is visionary but also grounded in practical reality sorely needed after a decade of hype and rhetoric.
Especially on the topic of paratransit. Paratransit is by and far the biggest cost curve of public transit and without serious, genuine efforts to flatten that curve public transit is in real trouble. This book gives me ideas to propose like recommending a mix of vehicles, going to an app and so much more.
I just highly recommend this book for transit advocates, ok?
Paul bases the book on numerous interviews with public transit leaders and we can gain an appreciation of their challenges and perspectives. One common theme was that they all seemed to embrace the challenges of the future. They looked at the disruptors not as threats, but as opportunities. These leaders plan to change with the future instead of fighting it.
However, The Future of Public Transportation does not tell the whole story. It focuses on innovative ideas yet it falls short in two areas - asset management and supply chain. We have seen numerous innovation in both areas in recent years and they are vital to public transportation’s future. Public transportation organizations are asset intensive. Much like airlines, their assets (buses, subway, rail cars, etc.) last for many years and must be in kept in a stare of good repair to generate revenue. A well-run asset management program is key to optimizing their useful life.
But asset management system is only as good as the supply chain supporting it. The supply chain must be agile and responsive to change, while simultaneously minimizing costs, response time and continuously improving its processes. Twenty-first century public transportation requires twenty-first century asset management systems and twenty-first century supply chains to support it.
The future of public transportation rides on it.
From artificial intelligence (AI) and mobility as a service (MAAS) to the Hyperloop, this book is an exciting look into the not too distant but very different future of public transportation.
The author, Paul Comfort has done a terrific job of assembling the best and brightest in the industry to share a wide range of interesting and insightful view points.
I recommend this book highly to anyone who wants to learn what’s happening in the transportation sector- both public and private.
Top international reviews
Paul Comfort is a veteran leader in the transit industry and evangelist for the transit systems of tomorrow.
His insight, combined with knowledge and experience of his co-authored make this book an incredible treatise of everything transit related.