Mark Joseph | Chief Development Officer

Mark Joseph, Chief Development Officer, Transdev

Mark Joseph is an accomplished business and civic leader.  He has over 30 years of leadership experience in public and private transportation across the U.S., Canada, UK and Ireland, and South America.  Mark was CEO of the Americas until July of 2017.

On July 1, 2017, Mark became the new global Chief Development Officer for the Transdev Group.  He is a member of the Global Executive Committee. His focus is growing the business worldwide, as well as extending growth locally in the 19 countries where Transdev currently operates.

As CEO of North America, Mark built Transdev into the largest multi-modal transportation company in the U.S. and Canada, operating bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle, and taxi companies under contract to 200 cities, counties, airports and universities.  The company operates public transportation contracts in many leading cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, Phoenix, Denver, New Orleans, Atlanta, Long Island, New York and more.  Transdev also has recently expanded services in the Detroit area including operating contracts for the M-1 light rail project and DDOT paratransit services.

Transdev has 17,000 employees and 5,000 independent contractors in North America.  Under Mark’s leadership, revenues have increased from $100 million to $1.5 billion since 2001.  This significant growth was generated through new contracts (70%), acquisitions (30%), as well as renewals of existing contracts.  Transdev North America won the largest transit contract in the United States (Nassau County) and operates the only public-private partnerships ( PPOPs) in Nassau and New Orleans.

An entrepreneur and innovator, Mark is passionate about improving quality of life and economic growth in cities and communities through well-designed, multi-modal public transportation. As an executive, Mark leads his teams with a focus on safety, sustainability and superior operational performance. He is dedicated to building genuine partnerships with clients, employees, labor unions and the disabled community. 

Mark joined Yellow Cab of Baltimore in the late 1970s as President and grew the company into the city’s leading taxi company with 600 taxicabs. By the late 1980’s, he had transformed Yellow Cab into Yellow Transportation - the leading diversified regional transportation company in Baltimore/Washington, D.C. with taxi, bus, trolley, shuttle, private sedan and paratransit operations.  Yellow Transportation was recognized nationally for its efficiency, innovation and customer service, and was a key partner to the Mayor of Baltimore in the historic renewal of the downtown and inner harbor areas.
In 2001 Yellow Transportation was acquired by Connex (Vivendi), the predecessor company to Transdev.  Mark was named President and Chief Operating Officer in 2004, and became Vice-Chairman and CEO in 2006.  

Mark was president of the leading international trade association for the taxi and paratransit industry (the TLPA) headquartered in Rockville, MD and founding member and past chairman of the Washington D.C. chapter of the prestigious Young Presidents’ Organization. He served as Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Privatization for the State of Maryland, and held a number of gubernatorial appointments, including committees on insurance, tourism and economic development.

Mark has served on numerous Boards of Directors of public, private and non-profit organizations, including the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School Advisory Board, Digital Dispatch (listed company), Enterprise Wireless Association, and Spectrum Access.  He currently serves on the Cornell Program Infrastructure Policy Advisory Board, the Highline Advisory Board, the Ruppert Landscape Board, is a member of the Board of the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Energy Security Leadership Council, and the Greater Washington Board of Trade.  Mark has lectured several times at the Wharton Business School, as well as Johns Hopkins, Cornell University, and the Kennedy School at Harvard University.   

Mark graduated from American University in Washington D.C. in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Political Science.


World Metro Rail Congress Day 1 @ 09:30

Keynote Panel: How can the rail industry fully embrace the digital revolution and bring us into the 21st century?

  • What will be the ultimate impact of IoT, artificial intelligence and sensor led technology on our business and our passengers?
  • Are future integrated transport networks still going to rely on systems that feed the metro, or more point-to-point solutions?
  • How will maintenance systems change and what will we need to do to integrate and effectively use all the data now becoming available?
  • The future for artificial intelligence in rail, how can it help keep trains moving, avoid delays and improve customer service?
  • Passenger expectations are rising – How do operators cater for the modern multimodal ‘always connected’ passenger?

World Metro Rail Congress Day 2 @ 09:30

The future of autonomous vehicles and MaaS – Can we make this the Amazon of urban Transportation?

  • New age of partnerships – when it comes to MaaS how do you get all the different stakeholders to play in the same sandbox? Will MaaS platforms be built from the bottom up, or driven/mandated from the top down (by government)?
  • Anticipating journeys using big data to help reduce friction. Will blockchain technology help develop the MaaS ecosystem?
  • What will be the most significant parts of the new mobility value chain?
  • Understanding the future of AV integration in cities around the world. Electric AVs could cut the cost of transporting a passenger by 80% per mile. Will we just add more cars on the road? How can cities manage these low-cost AVs and ensure people still use public transit?
  • How will AVs cope in a world with human drivers?
  • What new mobility modes can we expect, in addition to AVs?

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