Passenger Transport November 2020 Vol 78 No 23 - 8

2020 CEO Spotlight

Finding a New Normal

Leveraging Technological Advancements to Move
the Transit Industry Forward


n 2005, Bridgette Beato began the implementation of a $200 million
project to modernize fare collection for the Metropolitan Atlanta
Rapid Transit Authority. That experience helped Beato see the huge
opportunity the public transit industry presented. Across the country,
thousands of public transit systems functioned as vital civic and
economic infrastructure - and yet many were relying on equipment
that was decades out of date.
To address this need for innovation, Beato launched Lumenor
Consulting Group in 2007. Today, Lumenor is a certified WBE/DBE/
SBE with offices in Alpharetta, Georgia, Philadelphia, PA, New York,
NY and Washington, DC. " Since we started, the pace of change has
only accelerated, " Beato says. " Riders have more options than ever, so
public transit agencies must adapt to stay relevant. "
By instrumentizing their physical assets through well-designed systems,
transit agencies can access data about vehicle locations, impending
maintenance, traffic signaling, ridership patterns and more. " With
the right technologies in place, public transit still has advantages
to leverage, in terms of user convenience, operational efficiencies,
environmental sustainability, " says Beato. " That's what we try to
unleash. "
While Covid-19 has created new challenges for public transit, Beato
says that has only increased her commitment to helping the industry
achieve new levels of service. " In the worst times, essential workers
need safe, reliable transport to get to their jobs. When things improve
and we can resume more activities, taking the subway to the ballgame
or the airport will be one of the key ways we mark a return to normalcy.
At Lumenor, we want to be part of that. "

Lumenor Consulting Group

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New Orleans RTA
Introduces ADACompliant Streetcars
vide level ADA-compliant surfaces.
Transit Authority (RTA) introduced three
Dating back to 1835, the St. Charles
new ADA-compliant streetcars for the
Streetcar Line is the oldest continuously
St. Charles Line with a recent ribbon
operating streetcar line in the U.S. The
cutting at its Willow Street Streetcar
line is a National Historic Landmark,
Maintenance Facility. The new vehicles,
featuring iconic green and crimson
marked with the universal accessi " Perley Thomas " streetcars. The new
bility icon on their front and side, are
ADA-compliant streetcars are retrofitequipped with wheelchair lifts at the
ted Riverfront vehicles. Each vehicle
front and rear.
required 1200-man hours for conver " As the RTA continues to prioritize
sion into a replica of a St. Charles car,
the needs of riders, our commitment
including painting inside and out to
to creating accessible transit options is
match the Perley Thomas vehicles.
critical, " said Alex Z. Wiggins,
RTA CEO. " Beginning today,
transit riders with limited mobility will be able to more easily
enjoy our iconic and historic St.
Charles Streetcar Line, a service
long overdue for New Orleans
residents and visitors. This
project is the first and important
step in creating a completely
accessible transit system. "
The project also includes
modification of 12 St. Charles
Streetcar Line stops, featuring platforms wide enough for
Clockwise from far left: Councilmember Kristin G. Palmer,
deploying ADA ramps, instalNew Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Alex Wiggins, RTA
lation of yellow tactile warning
Board Chairman Flozell Daniels, Jr., RTA Board Vice Chairstrips and protective bollards,
man Mark Raymond, Jr. with one of New Orleans RTA's new
and regrading stations to proADA-compliant streetcars.

People On The Move
has appointed Steve
Schipper as chief
operating officer
(COO). He has been
serving as interim
COO since June.
Schipper joined the
agency in 2009 as fleet Schipper
and facilities manager, bringing more
than 20 years of transportation experience. In 2015, he was appointed to the
role of transportation manager where
he managed bus operators, dispatch
operations, accident prevention, safety
programs and training. In his spare time,
-Schipper is a volunteer and lieutenant
with the Cedar Springs Fire Department,
where he is an emergency medical first
responder, firefighter and holds numerous FEMA certifications in Emergency
Incident Management.

BALTIMORE, MD-Omni Strategy
has hired Harpal S.
Kapoor as vice president of advanced
bus technology. He
will provide strategic
leadership in developing advanced bus
technology programs
with a focus on zero--

emission technologies. Kapoor brings
more than 35 years of experience with
transit agencies in executive management and consulting roles with Booz--
Allen Hamilton, CH2M, Jacobs and
HDR. He has led all phases of transit
system development and operations
and spearheaded long- and short-term
strategic plans for bus and rail, operations, maintenance, capital programs
and zero-emission transitions. For
APTA, he is a past member of the Board
of Directors and past vice chair of the
Bus Technical Maintenance Committee,
and is a current member of the Bus
Technical Maintenance, Connected and
Automated Vehicle, and Clean Propulsion committees, among others.

PHILADELPHIA, PA-Urban Engineers
has named D
- eborah
Boe, PE, to its project
management oversight
team. Boe joins the
firm with more than
40 years of experience
in large, complex engineering and construc- Boe
tion projects, with the
last 30 years in project management.
She also has years of experience working with FTA and the development of
transit projects.

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