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EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK
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When things go wrong
" ...a more difficult
A transit project's success isn't always linear, but lessons can be
learned in challenges and delays, as well as achievement.
ass Transit's editorial mission is to serve as a best practices magazine
for the North American transit industry. What this means
is that our content is heavily focused on sharing the industry's
successes. Who doesn't like reading about a group of professionals
who banded together to develop a solution that enhanced service, expanded
a network or helped bridge a gap between opportunity and need.
However, a more difficult story to share is one where things don't go as
planned. They may flat out fail initially but lessons and value exist in failure just as
much as success. And failure may be too strong of a word, merely non-successes.
We've all heard the quote attributed to Thomas Edison that he did not fail to do
something 10,000 times, but successfully found 10,000 ways to not do something.
A quick observation of our story analytics this summer would appear to show
a surplus of projects that look to have encountered setbacks in their progress.
As of this writing, the Hudson River Tunnel project is estimated to be delayed by three years and has
reportedly seen its costs increase by $2 billion; the eight-mile Valley Line Southeast light-rail project in
Edmonton, Alberta, is delayed because of cracks in 40 percent of the project's elevated guideways and
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has been directed by the Federal Transit Administration
to get its safety culture and practices in order following a string of high profile incidents. These are by
no means failures, but certainly qualify as significant challenges.
What to do when you're in the thick of it? I think back to former Crossrail Limited CEO Mark
Wild's speech at APTA Rail in June on his experience in delivering
the Elizabeth Line, where he told attendees large projects are not
relay races, they are tough mudders. Be prepared to get dirty.
While Wild admitted there was embarrassment surrounding
story to share is one
where things don't
go as planned...but
lessons and value
exist in failure just as
much as success. "
cost overruns and project delays, he offered attendees several key
points on where the Elizabeth Line project could have done better.
These lessons learned began with the realization that the project
was thought of as sequential when it should have been viewed as an
epic systems project. His perspectives included his methods toward
addressing risk and uncertainty, leaning toward modularity rather
than bespoke elements, system integration work and an approach
that promoted transparency and clear governance.
The Elizabeth Line opened in May 2022 and the dissection performed
to understand how things could have developed and been executed
upon in a smoother fashion is a separate kind of achievement
- one I and, I hope, project managers were grateful to learn from.
When things go sideways, while uncomfortable to experience,
there can be a valuable learning experience for project stakeholders,
as well as the greater industry.
TfL/GrantPrichard/CDS
A SIGN directing
passengers to the
Elizabeth Line,
which opened in
May 2022.
Mischa Wanek-Libman, editor in chief
 mwanek@masstransitmag.com  224-324-8532  linkedin.com/in/mischawaneklibman
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September-October 2022

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September-October 2022

Editor’s Notebook
People & Places
Employee Initiative Drives Growth and Success at C-TRAN
Paving the Road for Zero-Emission Bus Fleets
Rail Trespassing Prevention: Cameras Provide Unblinking Eye
Achieving Equitable Mobility
Open for All: The Modular Route to Contactless Open Loop Fare Payments
Innovating to Address Rising Passenger Expectations
Products
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September-October 2022 - People & Places
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September-October 2022 - Employee Initiative Drives Growth and Success at C-TRAN
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September-October 2022 - Paving the Road for Zero-Emission Bus Fleets
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September-October 2022 - Rail Trespassing Prevention: Cameras Provide Unblinking Eye
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September-October 2022 - Achieving Equitable Mobility
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September-October 2022 - Open for All: The Modular Route to Contactless Open Loop Fare Payments
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September-October 2022 - Innovating to Address Rising Passenger Expectations
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September-October 2022 - Products
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