Train Talk Episode 14 - Joy of the Journey with Graham Leech Part 1

14May

This is Part 1 of a fun episode of Train Talk, where Rebecca and Monty talk with the Customer Experience expert at Texas Central, Graham Leech, who leads the team responsible for making the train as comfortable, enjoyable and convenient as possible for all riders. In Part 1, we talk about what goes into creating a great customer experience from a door-to-door perspective, why this technology is right for Texas, and specific benefits of the system from a future rider’s point of view.  

Plus, we take a couple of minutes to watch Texas Central’s “Life on the Fast Train” video with Graham and get his thoughts on the experiences of one future rider.

Remember, Train Talk is now available in audio-only format on iTunesSpotifyPodbean or wherever you get your podcasts, so be sure to listen and subscribe!

Train Talk Episode 13 - Houston Mac

7May

In this episode, Monty and Rebecca traveled to Houston to talk with Outreach Manager Mac Flores – and to see the Gonzo247 mural in person for the first time! While there, we talk about Mac’s job, Houston culture and sports, and a little about Mac’s alma mater the University of Houston.

#yallaboard

Train Talk: Rapid Response with Former FRA Safety Chief Bob Lauby

3May

In this special episode, Rebecca sits down with Bob Lauby, the Former Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety and Chief Safety Officer of the Federal Railroad Administration, to discuss the FRA’s role in oversight of the project, the incredible safety record of the Shinkansen system, the importance of purpose-built infrastructure like the Texas high-speed train and the superiority of a building a fully dedicated system over one that shares infrastructure with other technologies.

Train Talk Episode 12 - Going Audio-only with Siv Bhamra

30Apr

Train Talk is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Podbean or wherever you get your podcasts, so be sure to subscribe and never miss an episode! Of course, you can always subscribe to our Youtube channel to keep up with new episodes and special videos as well.  

This week, we’re going audio-only with Texas Central’s Integration Director, Siv Bhamra, who has worked in the rail industry for 30+ years, leading both rail and high-speed rail developments all over the globe. We discuss the future of trains in Texas and the US, the phenomenal safety record of the Shinkansen system and the environmental benefits of high-speed trains compared to travel by plane and automobile.

Let us know what you think!

Train Talk Episode 11 - Chief Investment Officer Tim Keith

23Apr

In this episode, we talk to Texas Central Chief Investment Officer Tim Keith about the comprehensive data collecting and data analysis that goes into infrastructure development of this magnitude, what conclusions we can draw from that data, and the economic and personal impacts this high-speed train will have on the state and its population.

#YallAboard

Train Talk Episode 10 - Mothers Against Drunk Driving Endorsement

16Apr

In this episode, Monty and Rebecca discuss the recent endorsement of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and run an interview with former MADD National President and Texas City native, Laura Dean Mooney, who lost her husband in a drunk driving accident in 1991.

In the interview, Laura discusses the importance of having multiple transportation options between cities and the dangers of drunk and distracted driving – especially on I-45 between Dallas and Houston, which consistently ranks as one of the deadliest in the U.S. and has scored in the top in both DUI-related crashes and fatal nighttime incidents.

The Texas high-speed train would offer residents and large numbers of out of town visitors a safer, faster travel alternative by significantly decreasing accidents due to drunk, drowsy or distracted driving. This will allow a safer and more-efficient way for Texans to get to and from the Brazos Valley for large-scale events in and around the area.

On the Texas high-speed train, you can avoid I-45 entirely and have peace of mind knowing that your friends and family will be safe traveling on a system that has a spotless 50+ year safety record. And that’s a win for everyone.

Train Talk Episode 9 - Bill Tucker, Project Delivery Director

9Apr

This week on Train Talk, Project Delivery Director Bill Tucker stops by the set to talk about what it takes to deliver on such a massive project. Previously, Bill served as Bechtel's delivery director for the central section of the Crossrail project, where he was responsible for leading the delivery organization within the client’s program management team. 

Train Talk Episode 8 - Brady Redwine Part 2

5Apr

In this episode of Train Talk, Rebecca and Monty continue their chat with Brady Redwine who is technically the Vice President of Real Estate for Texas Central, but is actually another aspiring bearded podcast star and stand-up comedian.

His team is responsible for the development of the right-of-way for the train’s alignment and for the development of the 3 stations in Dallas, the Brazos Valley, and northwest Houston.

If you’ve been wondering what it will be like to live work and play in and around the new high-speed train stations, this is the episode for you.

Train Talk Episode 7 - Brady Redwine

1Apr

In this episode of Train Talk, Rebecca and Monty talk to Brady Redwine who is technically the Vice President of Real Estate for Texas Central, but is actually another aspiring bearded podcast star and stand-up comedian.

His team is responsible for the development of the right-of-way for the train’s alignment and for the development of the 3 stations in Dallas, the Brazos Valley, and northwest Houston.

If you’ve been wondering what it will be like to live work and play in and around the new high-speed train stations, this is the episode for you.

Train Talk Episode 6 - Fabiola Dagrin

1Apr

This week on Train Talk, Rebecca and Monty have a fun discussion with Texas Central Area Design Manager Fabiola Dagrin about the incredibly important work she does for the project and her experiences that led her here, working on the largest infrastructure project in Texas history!

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