Bernie Wagenblast has had a varied career which has combined his extensive experience in the transportation and communications fields.

Bernie first gained notice shortly after graduation as one of the original on-air reporters for Shadow Traffic in New York City. From 1979 to 1985, he was the most listened to traffic reporter in America, directing drivers around problems on stations such as WINS and WABC.

Upon leaving Shadow, Bernie was hired by the New York City Department of Transportation to help establish their new communications center. He was chosen to represent New York City in a new organization called TRANSCOM. This agency was created to attempt something never done before in the US; to coordinate information among transportation and law enforcement agencies in a multi-state area. Bernie had two main roles at TRANSCOM. First, to run the operations center which gathered and disseminated information among agencies in New York/New Jersey and Connecticut, and second, to serve as the media representative for TRANSCOM. During his tenure at TRANSCOM he moved the center into a 7x24 mode of operation. In his media role he appeared in numerous newspaper articles and television broadcasts to promote this new concept of transportation operations. Bernie also helped create the I-95 Corridor Coalition, a partnership of transportation agencies stretching from Maine to Virginia.

After a decade at TRANSCOM, Bernie returned to the private sector. He became operations manager for one of the first Internet traffic reporting services in New York City. He was responsible for establishing all operational aspects of the service, including hiring staff, training and gathering sources of information.

Most recently he worked as a transportation consultant, serving public sector customers in areas such as incident management, training and traffic operations.

Bernie established the Transportation Communications Newsletter, a daily e-mail publication with over 5,100 subscribers. He also has become a recognized as the person behind the voice heard on the AirTrain at Kennedy and Newark airports and in various other venues.

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