July 21, 2010 By News Report
CIOs representing some of the biggest transit agencies in the U.S. have formed a consortium that will expedite collaboration, education and the sharing of technology solutions.
The first-ever Transit CIO Consortium began in June. Its members will collaborate on topics like asset management systems, cloud computing, customer communications, closed circuit TV, data security, enterprise architecture, enterprise resource planning, IT consolidation, governance, payment card industry compliance, smart cards and fare collection.
"The consortium is a smart way for individual transit agencies to save money and time," Vice President Allan Steele, CIO of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit, said in a news release. "By pooling our intellectual capital, we all become smarter, and by sharing experiences, we can avoid missteps and accelerate delivery of innovative technology across the industry and individual properties."
Represented by more than 30 transit properties in the U.S., the consortium expects to save its members tens of thousands of IT dollars annually by sharing best practices and successful programs.
The organization's leadership is comprised of 12 founding board members and four elected founding officers from the four quadrants of the country, including First Vice President John Vasilj, senior vice president of program management and technology of the Chicago Transit Authority; Second Vice President Steele; and Secretary Ravi Misra, department manager of IT for San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit.
The founding board members are:
o John Duque, IT manager of Virginia Railway Express;
o Clair Fiet, chief technology officer of the Utah Transit Authority;
o Gary Foster, chief technology officer of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority;
o Sidney Gellineau, vice president of Technology & Information Services, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Transit;
o Joel Golub, CIO of New Jersey Transit;
o Dave Hinrichs, CIO of the Metropolitan Council/Metro Transit, Minneapolis-St. Paul;
o Vincent Mezzanotte, CIO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Long Island Rail Road;
o Ron Nizer, IT director of the Maryland Transit Administration;
o David Sullivan, senior vice president of technology at Hampton Roads Transit;
o Steven Teal, CIO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad;
o Fred Wedley, retired CIO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Long Island Rail Road; and
o William Zebrowski, senior director and CIO of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Agency's IT department.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.