The leaders of urban transit authorities and public transport agencies now recognize the need to push simultaneously on several fronts: reduce costs, reduce environmental impact, enhance customer and driver safety, and provide improved passenger services. These leaders are under severe pressure to provide superior passenger services: wi-fi, passenger information systems, and smartphone apps, just to name a few. This means that they must learn to offer a passenger experience that competes with other transportation modes and private transportation companies.
Boulder’s DailyCamera.com Features Meeting of the Minds 2011
Boulder’s daily news website, DailyCamera.com, has included Meeting of the Minds 2011 in today’s edition. They included some nice words from the Mayor’s office and from Jennifer Judge, an MBA student at Colorado University.
[blockquote]”Certainly, events such as this, that focus on innovation, intelligence and creativity, are fabulous for Boulder,” said city spokeswoman Sarah Huntley.
The event will also allow a few lucky CU graduate students pursuing MBAs at the Leeds School of Business to volunteer at the event.
Jennifer Judge said her interest in sustainability prompted her response to an email requesting student volunteers for the summit. A first year student at Leeds, she plans to attend at least one of the 12 sessions scheduled during the summit.
“As a first year, I am really exploring my interest in terms of sustainability, so I hope that what I get out of it is refining where my interest could lie,” Judge said.[/blockquote]
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