2013 Top 40 Under 40: Chad Huffman

Sept. 13, 2013

Chad Huffman has been committed to the Transit industry for nearly 15 years with the goal being to bring advanced technologies to public transit. He has worked for several of the major CAD/AVL vendors including Init, Xerox and Avail Technologies.

Huffman’s unique contribution to the industry is his ability to translate complex technological detail into easy-to-understand operational language and scenarios. He understands ITS technology, and why, how and where the technology should be applied and has the ability to connect with people, understand their needs, and explain how ITS technologies will help meet those needs.

Huffman shares his knowledge and experience with ITS through his involvement as an active member of The American Public Transportation Association , serving as vice chair of the Outreach Subcommittee for the Joint Council for Wireless Communication. He also serves as a participant on APTA's Research & Technology, Information Technology, Communications and Technical Services Committee, as well as a member of the Canadian Urban Transportation Association. He has helped increase the adoption of ITS technology within the industry and was involved in early ITS standards committees including TCIP compliance.

“The best part of my job is not only to provide a product to public transit agencies that will help increase their efficiencies and operational performance, but to provide, more importantly, a greater level of service that ensures a successful relationship built on trust and honesty.

“I find public transit one of the most exciting and challenging markets today. When I ask people how they arrived in the public transit industry, I could not receive a more interesting and diverse response. The transit industry has attracted people from many different industries and has benefited from this diverse group. Because of this diversity, the exciting challenge I have is meeting the needs, goals and desires with an equally wide and diverse solution to make sure my customers are successful.

“I truly would like to see a larger influx of the next generation to support the needs of public transit. Transit is a technology-centric, ever-changing industry and absolutely necessary for the growth of our nation. Whether it is to support the growth within major metropolitan areas or help provide demand response in rural America, there is a great need for the next generation to take up the mantel for public transportation.”