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Paul Comfort is host of the worldwide #1 public transportation CEO podcast, Transit Unplugged and author of the leadership book, Full Throttle. Mr. Comfort is a popular conference speaker and author of numerous industry magazine articles/blog posts on transit and leadership.  His work across North America, Europe and Australia positions him as one of public transportation's leading evangelists.

Comfort is longtime industry veteran and the former CEO of one of America's top transit systems, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) in Baltimore, where he oversaw the development of the nation’s largest P3 Project, the $5+ billion Light Rail Purple Line near Washington DC and opened the only FM radio station in the USA operated by a transit agency - FM 93.5 FM WTTZ .  He has served as an elected County Commissioner and County Administrator for two Maryland counties and is a recipient of the transportation industry's highest individual honor - The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Presidents Award.

My Books


New Children's Picture Book ​

Inside the wonderful world of Public Transportation - Children discover its history, how public transportation has improved our world and what's next!

The Future of Public Transportation is the new book authored by Paul Comfort and over 40 top public transportation experts and executives. Some of the co-authors Include:

  • Paul Skoutelas, CEO APTA

  • MJ Maynard, CEO RTC Las Vegas

  • Scott Bogren, CEO CTAA

  • Phil Verster, CEO Metrolinx, Toronto

  • Lauren Skiver, CEO Sunline Transit

  • Dr. Graham Currie, Monash University, Australia

  • Robbie Makinen, CEO KCATA

  • Alex Ni, CTO Trapeze

  • Bridgette Beato, CEO Lumenor

  • Gordon Maclennan, CEO SPT, Glasgow, Scotland

  • Matt Cole, Cubic (former CEO)

  • Bill Carpenter, CEO RTS, Rochester

  • Justin Pate, SVP First Transit

  • Andrea Potter, GM TripSpark

  • Marco D'Angelo, CEO CUTA, Canada

  • David Pickeral, Co-Founder Parkofon

  • Ryan Popple, CEO Proterra

  • Daphne Le Blanc, CEO TSC

  • Tom Eagan, CEO MV Transportation

  • Jeffrey Arndt, CEO VIA San Antonio

  • Peter Varga, former APTA Chair

  • Paola Realpozo, Director Rail at Trapeze

  • Roger Morton, CEO OTS, Honolulu

  • John Lewis, CEO CATS Charlotte

  • Stephen Bland, CEO MTA, Nashville

  • Dave Jackson, GM TransTrack

  • Mark Joseph, CEO Mobitas Advisors

  • Matthew Brownlie, MD Trapeze Middle East, UAE

  • Bacarra S. Mauldin, Dir Policy & Innovation RTA New Orleans

  • James Chalmers, CEO Tack10 Strategy

  • Ed English, CEO ELerts

  • Brett Koenig, ISM Trapeze

  • Christian T. Kent, Principal TMC

  • Richard Haukka, Dir of Maint PWT

  • Romano Garcia, Comm Dir Empresa 1, Brazil

  • Roger Helmy, VP Product Trapeze Sasha Pejcic, Principal Stantech

  • Dave Vinson, Labor Specialist

  • Jeff Maltz, CEO SilverRide

  • Timothy Tyran, CSO MDOT MTA

  • Steve & Bronwyn Sawyer, GM Trapeze & Gen Z Rep

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