Michael Kohlman
Chief Information Officer,
Monterey-Salinas Transit

Discussing MST’s Open-Loop Fare Collection System Roll-Out Journey, and The Lessons Learned as an Early Adopter:

In May of 2021, Monterey-Salinas Transit became one of the first public transit agencies in the U.S. to roll-out a contactless, open-loop payment system for fare collection. Along the way, the agency encountered global supply chain issues, cellular network challenges, technology leadership changes, and a switch in vendors. Hear Michael discuss these, as well as the lessons learned; and why making such a fundamental change in the way the public can purchase their fares was absolutely worth the effort.

About Michael Kohlman

Michael Kohlman is currently the Chief Information Officer of the Monterey-Salinas Transit District, overseeing the agency’s I.T., I.T.S., and Cybersecurity operations; having previously been the CIO of the Illinois State Board of Elections, as well as Saint Joseph’s College of Indiana. Prior to his CIO roles in the Public Sector, Michael worked in a number of information technology positions in the private sector, ranging from start-ups to a global enterprise with holdings in the life sciences, transportation, and resort industries. Michael currently lives in Marina California with his wife Evelia and their English Bulldog, Rose.


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