As Sales Director, East for the mobility platform company RideCell, Stephen Smith is based in Philadelphia. We asked him a few questions about his involvement in TDM and his thoughts on the future. Stephen is excited about being involved with TDM and ACT.
1. What brought you to TDM/how did you get involved in the field?
In a past life, I worked for a digital mapping company called Navteq. The VP of sales for one of my customers had just started at RideCell based in California, and he needed someone to cover the eastern part of the U.S., Latin America, and Canada for sales. I was fascinated with the company’s vision and equally impressed with the personal values of the founders and the team. So I jumped on board.
2. How did you get involved in ACT?
A former manager of mine is part of Columbus’ Smart Cities team. I had been speaking with him about how RideCell might help with On-demand, Car and Ride Sharing initiatives as well as managing autonomous fleets. He put me in touch with ACT Board of Directors member Beth Snoke at Ohio State University who kindly recommended that we need to be part of ACT. Thanks Beth!
3. What do you see as the future of TDM? Any specific challenges?
The challenges are also what makes this space so exciting. That being how to best meld established forms of public transit such as fixed buses and rail with dynamic transit services to expand coverage to lesser serviced populations, as well as to close the loop on the proverbial ‘last mile’. How will private sector businesses mesh with public transit? Can it be done in such a way as to allow public transit to stay in the public domain?