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NED B. EINSTEIN Transportation Expert Witness 41 Hickory Hill Drive, Warwick, NY 10990 Telephone: (212) 766-1121 Facsimile:  (845) 324-8792 E-mail:  einstein@transalt.com   SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE Directed and supervised all technical and business activities of a broad-based transportation consultancy (Transportation Alternatives) serving municipalities, private contract operators, social service agencies, transit authorities and school districts. Concurrently, created and directed the operations of a transportation service company (PTS Transportation) and the U.S. distributor of a line of European-manufactured buses (TAM-USA). Provided expert witness services on more than 600 lawsuits.   EMPLOYMENT HISTORY   1979 – Present TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES New York, New York President As its initial project, Transportation Alternatives directed the U.S. Department of Transportation’s first comprehensive study of demand-responsive transportation systems, resulting in USDOT’s publication of TA’s three-volume manual on paratransit planning and system design. TA subsequently designed several of Southern California’s most unique and sophisticated paratransit systems for elderly and disabled individuals, including the City of Los Angeles’ initial VALTRANS program and multi-operator systems for Santa Monica, Pasadena and several social service agencies.  TA also designed a timed-transfer “pulse” transit system for a suburban community (Carson) and, almost a decade later, redesigned it to become the nation’s only transit system directed primarily at the transportation of schoolchildren, integrating it with service to the general public and intersecting 13 municipal bus lines and passenger rail service.  TA also prepared five municipal transit plans, conducted a number of coordination and consolidation studies, and engaged in dozens of other planning and design projects for a range of public- and private-sector clients. In 1982, Transportation Alternatives began serving as the technical consultant to a multi-provider paratransit brokerage system and, subsequently, a 70-vehicle paratransit operation and non-emergency medical transportation service (see PTS Transportation below). Among TA’s consulting efforts since 1995: In 1995, as a subcontractor to Bain & Company, TA conducted a USAID-funded evaluation of Russian bus manufacturer Pavlovo Bus Factory (PAZ), examining its products, production facilities and export potential. As a subcontractor to Circadian Technologies, Inc., TA conducted an FMCSA-funded examination of the duty cycles and operating environments of S. motorcoach services, including an identification of institutional, economic and operating factors which relate to driver fatigue and stress. With Dunlap & Associates and PTSI, TA conducted two studies (loading/unloading and on-time reliability problems of special education students) for the District of Columbia Public Schools (under the Consent Decree of a class action lawsuit). As a subcontractor to Alberta-based AQL Consultants, TA undertook an analysis of the City of Edmonton’s Disabled Adults Transportation System, including an examination of DATS’ custom-designed software and scheduling algorithms. TA developed new system design parameters for the State of Rhode Island’s statewide, consolidated paratransit system, and incorporated them into an RFP, grading scale and operating contract for the selection of vendors and the oversight of their contractual obligations. As a subcontractor to Team Inc., TA helped develop technical specifications for a coordinated school/transit bus, and provided technical assistance about the operating and institutional barriers associated with its use, for an FTA-funded demonstration project. I conducted workshops, and made conference presentations, at national, state and Provincial conferences on an array of subjects including: Vehicle selection and specification; transit and schoolbus crossing safety; driver and attendant assignment and training; system monitoring and evaluation; management and operations; system design; software applications; transportation safety and liability; driver and motorist fatigue; and forensic analysis and expert witness services. As a Contributing Editor, I authored a multi-year series of monthly articles (most months from 2007 to 2012) about crossing for School Transportation News, one of the schoolbus industry’s primary two trade magazines (readership: 90,000). I authored dozens of papers on transit, paratransit, motorcoach and schoolbus operations and safety — including regular monthly columns in National Bus Trader since 2000, and eight papers published by the American Public Transportation Association in the Proceedings of many of APTA’s Annual Bus and Paratransit Conferences. During it formation, I was engaged as one of the initial instructors for the Motorcoach Academy initiated as a joint venture between the United Motorcoach Association and the College of Southern Maryland. Since 1989, I also served as an expert witness/consultant to attorneys and insurance companies in more than 600 accident- or incident-related law suits involving wrongful death, personal injury and class actions. In these efforts, I assisted attorneys and insurance carriers representing a range of public agencies, transit agencies, private contractors, school districts, labor unions, social service agencies, vehicle manufacturers, dealers, equipment manufacturers, bus drivers, and other individuals – serving both plaintiffs’ and defendants’ counsel.   1982 – 1992 PTS TRANSPORTATION Van Nuys, California Chairman/General Manager  In 1982, I formed a transportation service company which was awarded a contract to design, and serve as the initial broker of, a multi-modal paratransit system transporting elderly and disabled residents of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.  PTS certified and transported 12,000 clients, selected subcontractors and directed their operating activities, designed “skeleton” routes and schedules, and monitored a $2M operating budget. In 1983, PTS began the operation of its own paratransit system serving physically and developmentally disabled residents of the San Fernando Valley.  This 15-vehicle system quickly grew into a 70-vehicle operation employing 125 individuals, providing 2,200 trips daily, and grossing $6M — including our expansion of service into the Antelope Valley.  In 1988, PTS began providing non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) service to hospitals and medical centers throughout Los Angeles County, beginning with seven additional vehicles  and utilizing common “spares” from the existing San Fernando Valley fleet.  Finally, PTS expanded to provide subcontract service to disabled clients of charter service and limousine companies, and corporate clients, as well as shuttle service to churches and other  organizations on both regular and charter bases.     1989 – 1995 TAM-USA Van Nuys, California Chairman/Vice President With initial support from Fortune 200 company Combustion Engineering (subsequently acquired by Asea Brown Boveri), Transportation Alternatives created a U.S.-Yugoslav joint venture company, TAM-USA, which (following Slovenia’s independence) became the first U.S.-Slovene Joint Venture Company. 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