Every day, those of us who depend on public transit expect it to get us where we’re going inexpensively, safely, and with the reliability and consistency of a utility. How has mass transit changed from the past? How is IT transforming public transit now and for the future with regards to offering real time statuses on arrivals/departures, connecting with riders via social media, offering information over the Internet, et al? What innovations are being contemplated or deployed to improve today’s commuter experience? What could our transit systems learn from global transit solutions? What transit system is doing the best job of moving people?
Gary Foster, CTO of Massachusetts, Bay Transit Authority (MBTA), Boston, MA
Gary joined MBTA in January 2008 as Chief Technology Officer and Director of Information Technology. He is responsible for Enterprise Systems, Information Security, the MBTA web presence, systems and network infrastructure. As Chief Techn... More View all posts
Gary joined MBTA in January 2008 as Chief Technology Officer and Director of Information Technology. He is responsible for Enterprise Systems, Information Security, the MBTA web presence, systems and network infrastructure. As Chief Technology Officer, Gary is also responsible for enabling and supporting technology innovation and implementation across the MBTA. Gary Foster previously served as Managing Director of Product Development at Omgeo LLC. Omgeo is a solution provider in the global Financial Services Technology market. To this position, Gary brought more than 25 years developing solutions for global security markets. He was responsible for the creation and leadership of Omgeo’s product strategy. A member of the executive team since Omgeo’s inception, Foster’s leadership was crucial in the growth and creation of Omgeo. In his previous role as the Chief Technology Officer at Omgeo, Foster was responsible for the launch of Omgeo’s premier product into the marketplace - Omgeo Central Trade Manager. In this role he directed the technology development and support of all of Omgeo’s core products. As CTO, Foster transformed Omgeo’s approach to product development through the introduction of the Omgeo Product Development System. Foster lead the redesign of the technology function at Omgeo and was responsible for successful introduction of offshore outsourcing to the company. Prior to his appointment to CTO in 2000, Foster held numerous senior technical management positions at Thomson Financial. His career highlights at Thomson include his leadership role in the technical integration and reengineering of SEQUAL, an acquisition from the London Stock Exchange and a major role in the development and introduction of two of Thomson's premiere products - First Call and The Bond Buyer’s Munifacts Plus. Foster joined Thomson Financial in 1987 from John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company where he worked for 13 years as part of the Group Pension business focused on business process automation and large scale IT programs. Foster is a well-versed speaker and has presented at industry events on a variety of topics. He studied software engineering at Harvard University Extension School and has extensive leadership training, including a “Instructive Leadership” at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Less View all posts
Allan Steele, VP & Chief Information Officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
Steele joined DART as Chief Information Officer in November 2008. He is a senior executive with more than three decades experience leading international IT organizations. Previously he was Director, Information Technology at a large interna... More View all posts
Steele joined DART as Chief Information Officer in November 2008. He is a senior executive with more than three decades experience leading international IT organizations. Previously he was Director, Information Technology at a large international law firm based in Dallas and before that held executive positions with IT responsibility for the Americas region for global companies. He also led a regional consulting group for a major software company. Allan is President of the Transit CIO Consortium, an industry peer group for exchange of information and ideas, with about 35 member transit agencies.Allan is also a Member: of the Society for Information Management (SIM). Allan's previous experience includes: Director, Information Technology, Thompson & Knight LLP: 2006-2008 Vice President, Platform Services, Alliance Data Systems: 2004-2005 Vice President, IT Infrastructure Services, Americas Region, Cadbury Schweppes: 2002-2004 Vice President, Global IT Services, Americas Region, Ericsson: 1998-2001 Less View all posts