WSP Electric Vehicles Now


Oct 13 2020
10:30 AM

Size Matters: The Five Biggest Pitfalls That Large Transit Bus Operators Must Avoid

Although fleet size and budget are the obvious differences between large and small operators, the complexities of the challenges of transitioning larger fleets to 100% zero emissions are often multiplied.  Power requirements, infrastructure constraints, blended fleet management, and lengthy program phasing across multiple sites are much more complex with larger fleets.  Jim and Cliff, who have led such projects for both large and small fleet operators, will share some war stories from the trenches and identify the major pitfalls larger operators must look out for, and suggest strategies they have learned in how to deal with these hurdles.

This session will run 25 minutes inclusive of Q&A.

This session is on the Scenic Route - Morning.



Cliff Henke is a Senior Technical, Strategy, and Policy Analyst at WSP experienced in international and U.S. public transportation industry analysis, funding, and business trends in transit related technology analysis and forecasting. His work has taken him across the US, including Massachusetts, California, Washington, and New York as well as further afield including Guam. Cliff co-authored the American Public Transportation Association's recommended practices on bus rapid transit branding, among technical support for several other such APTA standards and practices. He also has extensive experience in media affairs, government relations, branding, marketing, and public transportation business development, particularly in scoping options for small starts strategic planning and outreach, technology evaluation for bus rapid transit and streetcar development, and evaluation of financial alternatives for small starts development. He currently leads the firm’s global practice area network on transit systems technologies, an intranet-based community of practitioners in these fields.

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Jim Wensley is a Transit Planning Director at WSP with notable experience leading transit planning and evaluation projects throughout the Northeast. Throughout his career, he has worked with municipalities, regional transit, and state agencies on their transportation projects. His specialties include Transitioning to Zero Emission Transit Fleets, Bus Service and Operations Planning, Transit Priority Infrastructure Design and Regional Transit Planning.

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Online GoToWebinar


  • Opens: September 17, 2020
  • Closes: October 13, 2020



  • Speaker Presentation
  • Live Polling
  • Question & Answer Session


  • Adam Ruder, NYSERDA
  • Alva Carrasco, WSP
  • Anaïssia Franca, WSP
  • Anthony Courreges, C40 Cities
  • Prof. Catherine Lawson, University at Albany
  • Chris Reohr, NYSERDA
  • Cliff Henke, WSP
  • Dana Lowell, MJ Bradley & Associates
  • Haylee Ferington, Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council
  • Heather Unger, WSP
  • Jewels Carter, WSP
  • Jim Wensley, WSP
  • John Drayton, WSP
  • John Heaton IV, WSP
  • Pat Carr, SolTrans
  • Phil Jonat, WSP
  • Shantelle Dreamer, WSP