CIOs representing some of the biggest transit agencies in the U.S. have formed a consortium that will expedite collaboration, education and the sharing of technology solutions.

The first-ever Transit CIO Consortium began in June. Its members will collaborate on topics like asset management systems, cloud computing, customer communications, closed circuit TV, data security, enterprise architecture, enterprise resource planning, IT consolidation, governance, payment card industry compliance, smart cards and fare collection.

"The consortium is a smart way for individual transit agencies to save money and time," Vice President Allan Steele, CIO of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit, said in a news release. "By pooling our intellectual capital, we all become smarter, and by sharing experiences, we can avoid missteps and accelerate delivery of innovative technology across the industry and individual properties."

Represented by more than 30 transit properties in the U.S., the consortium expects to save its members tens of thousands of IT dollars annually by sharing best practices and successful programs.

The organization's leadership is comprised of 12 founding board members and four elected founding officers from the four quadrants of the country, including First Vice President John Vasilj, senior vice president of program management and technology of the Chicago Transit Authority; Second Vice President Steele; and Secretary Ravi Misra, department manager of IT for San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit.


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