TransitScreen is thrilled to announce that Gabe Klein, formerly Director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), has joined TransitScreen as a Strategic Advisor. Klein is currently a visiting fellow at the Urban Land Institute.
“TransitScreen is an outgrowth of the collaborative consumption economy. The world is changing,” Gabe Klein said in an interview with Martin Di Caro for WAMU 88.5, DC's NPR affiliate. Klein added that TransitScreen would be useful outside Metro stations, where there is usually no electronic data about train arrival times and nearby mode options, and “also...on the inside of Metro stations...so when you exit the train you can see where your modal connection is.”
Gabe Klein has spent much of his career devoted to multimodal transit. His career began working as Director of Stores for Bikes USA. At the end of 2002, Klein became regional Vice President for Zipcar, overseeing the car sharing system in the D.C. region until 2006. In 2006, Gabe left Zipcar and co-founded On The Fly, an electric vehicle vending company that pioneered the local food truck model in the DC area.
From 2008-2010, Klein served as Director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, under Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. From 2011-2013, he served as Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation, under Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
While at the DC Department of Transportation, Klein launched the successful Capital Bikeshare system and piloted the “Klein-o-Tron,” an early multimodal digital transportation display.
“Gabe Klein has been a pioneer in digital signage for transit, as well as an innovator in sustainable transportation. We are honored to have him join the TransitScreen team as we grow and scale up. He will be an integral part of TransitScreen as we move forward,” commented TransitScreen president Matt Caywood.