Staff Profile - Andrew Carpenter

November 2, 2023

1). Briefly tell us about your role and responsibilities at CTAA.
A: I’m the director of the National Center for Applied Transit Technology; through N-CATT I work with small-urban/rural/tribal transit agencies to understand the technologies that can help them address their goals and better serve their communities.

2). What is your favorite part of your job? What is most challenging?
A: My favorite part of the job is working directly with transit operators on how to solve a problem. It’s fun to work on a puzzle and benefit passengers at the same time! The most challenging part of the work is not having enough time to travel to all of the places that we work with.

3). How do you commute to CTAA HQ?
A: Walk, bike, or bus – depends on the weather and my mood 🙂

4). What’s one thing you’re learning now or learned recently?
A: I just got a masters in sustainable transportation, so I’ve learned a lot of things recently. One of those things was how to build a GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification) file!

5). What two nonessential items would you want if you were shipwrecked on a deserted island?
A: A piano and a Kindle full of books.


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