5 Questions with Andy Taylor, Senior Director, Head of Strategy at Cubic Transportation Systems
An esteemed speaker at the City Possible Summit 2020
2020 has seen significant challenges, what’s your biggest lesson learned?
Resilience in work practices that has flown through to our customers. I’m seeing cities rebound and start to question how they operate, how they are structured and how they can deliver the services they need to support their citizens. It’s been a time for inward and outward reflection on how we operate. I’ve realized that I don’t need to travel the world to connect and discuss smart city solutions, and that spending time at home is a luxury.
What’s your hope for the future of cities?
Cities have been given a once in a lifetime to take a step back and look at how they deliver services. It’s been a time of rapidly adapting services and solutions; reorganizing to deliver essential services, and how they message citizens and manage services necessary to keep going. Mobility agencies are questioning the key aspects of how they operate – do we need to have this many buses? Should we embrace new modes of transport? How can integrated mobility management offer better solutions? With road traffic on the rise, how am I going to support public transport that’s an essential service?
What part of your role/ responsibilities do you love the most?
I love engaging with cities to ask them the big vision questions. I love finding passionate people that understand the critical nature that mobility plays in peoples lives and driving commerce? Having those discussions where I can learn new perspectives, but also share critical lessons learned from peer cities has been rewarding in the extreme. Also managing a team that is passionate about driving global mobility is a joy to see – we all get the benefits and are committed to delivering better solutions and services.
What’s the most exciting opportunity for cities?
Cities have a blank piece of paper to redraw mobility. They know that the existing public transport networks are unsustainable, they know gas tax is reducing, they know road congestion is on the increase, they know the way, time and methodology that people will travel has changed dramatically. The y know they have to deliver a resilient city, but how can they do that? They have all the issues, they’re now exploring everything from public agency reorganization, to embracing what were once seen as competitors but will now be partners.
Tell us something that people may not know about you?
I used to be an air traffic controller – and the issues I worked with in that domain, I work with today. I had to manage tactical and strategic decisions to make sure that traffic flowed, wasn’t delayed and safely arrived on time. I had to live by an inclusive team environment, with road and effective coordination and communication.
About Andy Taylor
Andy Taylor is a global transportation expert with diverse experience ranging from air traffic control to multi-modalism over the last 30 years. Andy is the Head of Global Strategy for Cubic and has overseen the evolution and development global strategy over the last six years, focusing on strategic partnerships with some of the world’s leading technology and software companies. In that role, he has spearheaded the Mobility-as-a-Service solution to help cities and transit agencies evaluate the potential benefits of integrated multi-modal transport options. Andy is currently educating user communities and transit agencies on the true benefits and impacts of Mobility-as-a-Service and the importance of cities taking ownership of MaaS as a Multi-modal Management Model.