“I think the thing I like most about public transit is how dynamic it is. Every day you encounter something new; each day brings its own challenges and not one is like the other. The people who work in the field are passionate about what they do and really understand what a critical infrastructure component our services are. I’ve always said there is something about us “bus geeks” … they aren’t just somebody who sees a bus driving down the street, or who rides the bus every day — they are all of us in the transportation industry who know not only that (the bus) is there but what it takes to run it, what model it is, how many years it has probably been on the road, and most importantly, how many people it serves.
“This might sound like an odd example, but these are the people who know and understand how much of an impact that one vehicle is making in the lives of so many people. That’s what makes it so important. It’s not just about the bus but it’s about the people – a focus I believe is needed in every industry”
“Public transportation has a great future. It’s all about efficiency and effectiveness. We are driven by the people, the needs of the people and the desires of the people. This function, this driving force, is one that can’t be squished or diminished by politics or rhetoric it’s one that has strength not only in the numbers but in the purpose.
“Those who work in the industry know what it means to those we serve and I think that in itself drives the innovation and development of service. Just because a locality or public entity decides to embrace or refute the importance of public transportation, it carries little meaning to the individuals working in the field. The people who are working to develop transit don’t see barriers, they see challenges. This challenge drives them to work harder, to be more involved and ultimately to work as best as we can with our constituents/stakeholders in order to make the case or meet the need for our services.
“I have been very fortunate working with the localities I have and the university administration we partner with. The foresight and embrace they have had for our system and services is one I can only hope others may learn from. Starting a transit system, or maintaining an existing one, is about teamwork. Having that teamwork not only in the bus operators, administration and maintenance within the organization is critical, but also having that same teamwork with the community, the riders and the local, regional, statewide, and federal stakeholders. The future is what we make of it and with everything that is going on throughout our country related to transportation I think the future is very bright.”