A Conversation with Steven Beck, General Manager of Concho Valley Transit
Follow the Money – Autonomous Vehicles
We are excited to start a new semi-regular feature here on the RATP Dev blog called “A Conversation with …” In this column, we hope to highlight the people who are the heart and soul of our company and the public transit industry.
We kick off the series with an interview with Steven Beck, the new General Manager of the Concho Valley Transit District
Innovative Transit: Electric Scooters
In the 1976 film, All the President’s Men, an anonymous source advises Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to “follow the money” to get to the bottom of the Watergate break-in and cover-up. They do and their relentless investigation eventually leads to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. What, you ask, does the Watergate scandal have to do with transportation? It’s simple. Follow the money. Because if you do that you may get a better sense of the next breakthrough in the autonomous vehicle market.
The Future is Now and it’s Microtransit
These aren’t your dad’s scooters.
Electric, dockless scooters. These aren’t your father’s old foot-propelled models. And they’re not just for kids anymore. In fact, the scooters hitting the streets these days don’t need any human power at all; they have a small motor and battery which allows them to glide at up to 15 mph making them great modes of travel for short distances.
Beyond the Testing: Zion National Park
Let’s face it, your community can offer clean, efficient, wide-ranging public transportation, but if the riding public can’t get to it or if it doesn’t service a specific location -- at the time they need to get there – they won’t use it.
Moving People...Warming Hearts
We are surrounded by subtle changes in life; sometimes so subtle, in fact, we barely notice them, even though they are, in reality, monumental and have the potential to greatly enhance our quality of life.
This is "Who We Are"
At RATP Dev USA, we move people. That’s our job. We take pride in our ability to safely, efficiently and courteously transport riders from point A to point B day in and day out. Our technicians keep our buses in top notch condition so they are reliable, clean and comfortable. Our customer focused operators are skilled, knowledgeable, and ensure our riders get the best service, bar none.
Safety First, Safety Always
“How do you pronounce it?”
“Could you say your company name again?”
Those are common questions when we introduce ourselves to prospects or at events or, when we work with clients, or talk with partners. Hey, we get it. Outside of the US, our brand is readily seen and commonly recognized. Not so, as often, in the U.S. market and the acronym, let’s face it, can be a bit tricky. So, just for the record, it’s “R-A-T-P Dev USA”.
Autonomous Vehicles: The New Cloud
“Have a safe trip!” This is something we hear all the time; but how conscious are we of our general safety and security? Let’s play out a scenario…
Your dinner reservation is in half an hour and you are still not ready! Frantic thoughts start running through your head - “There is no way I am making it on time with traffic at this hour!” and “Now I have to park in the street or pay for a garage spot”. Most of us have been in this situation whether it’s dinner or somewhere else important that we fear we will be late. So, you start to find an easier way to get to your end destination, furiously clicking through your phone to get that Uber app open and hit request - will we make it in time.
Transporting Students Across Campus
Technology is a funny thing. When we first encounter something new it seems strange and alien, a bit scary. But it doesn’t take long for truly innovative changes to become so enmeshed in our daily lives that we can’t remember what it was like to live without them. Just a few short years ago, many of us were still pecking away at word processors. Then we made the shift to desktops, and then laptops. All the while, we saved our work to hard drives or floppy discs. Try showing a floppy disc to a teenager now. You might as well show them hieroglyphics.
Save the earth, ride a bus
Ah the life of a college student. Circadian rhythms that make it seem normal to sleep until noon and stay up until the coyotes are howling at the moon. Diets consisting of nothing but pizza and French fries and ice cream. Throwing a Frisbee on the college green in between classes. To those of us for whom college is just a distant memory, it seems like - the life. But college can be stressful, too.
30 Days … just 30 Days
It’s time to go green! No, it’s not St. Patrick’s Day, silly. Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day! It’s a day to celebrate our efforts to protect the environment. So, what can you do to save the environment? There are lots of small ways to help.
Have Smartphone, Will Travel
As we ease into spring, it’s easy to forget those commitments we made to ourselves just a few months ago as we belted out Auld Lang Syne and threw confetti into the air. Those New Year’s resolutions are just a distant memory; promises made with the best intentions that have fallen victim to our daily lives.
Beware the Groundhog and Five Tips for Responding to Weather Uncertainties
Smartphones are ubiquitous in the United States. According to the Pew Research Center, more than three-quarters of all Americans now own one, and the statistics show that ownership crosses age and income boundaries (74% of those ages 50-64, 42% of those 65+, and 64% of those earning less than $30,000/year own cell phones). Most people won’t leave home without their devices, which means they’re walking out the door every day carrying a potential bus ticket.
A Chocolate Chip Cookie or Integrated Mobility?
Clearly Punxsutawney Phil is a marmot with meteorological mettle. On February 2nd of this year, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Phil skittered out of his little rodent residence (okay, he was unceremoniously extracted by a man donning an oddly tall hat) and immediately saw his shadow. With that one quick glance, Phil dashed an entire country’s hopes of an early spring.
Welcome 2018! RATP Dev has exciting things in store.
Imagine a chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven. It’s gooey, buttery, a bit crisp around the edges, and warm. Sounds good, yes? Well, a chocolate chip cookie is really nothing more than the food version of integrated mobility. After all, butter is tasty on its own. As for the sugar, it is delicious by itself as well.
Hey 2017, it’s hard to say goodbye because it was such an exciting year for RATP Dev. We wrapped up the year with big news -- a corporate rebranding. Our official name is now RATP Dev USA. We’re proud of our new name because, although RATP Dev is a global company, the USA designation highlights our growing presence in the United States. (USA! USA! USA! Given the time of year, you can’t fault us for a quick Olympic-themed cheer).