Sharing Excellence in Parking & Mobility Management

Perspective (Waayib)

Welcome to “WAAYIB.” In the Mayan language of ancient Central America, this word means “The Dreaming Place.”

For the Maya of Central America, the time and place of sleep was revered as the refuge of the supernatural, as if one was visiting a sacred temple in search of enlightenment and reinvigoration.

In “WAAYIB,” creative inspiration could arise from within one’s self, or be a revelation from ancestors or deities. This inspiration was only possible when one put away the worries of the day and surrendered control over ones thoughts to the starry night sky.

In "WAYYIB", or "The Dreaming Place" of sleep, ancient Mayans believed revelations about the future could be experienced (Glyph is courtesy of Inga Calvin, "The Hieroglyphic Decipherment Guide," 2012.)

As Latin America is the focus of our services, we reflected upon this concept as a way to present our thoughts on ourselves and on serving the Public Customer. We should not take ourselves so seriously that we cannot enjoy what we do. Nor should we take our Public Customers so lightly that we cannot empathize with their troubles.

The Public Customer, especially in transportation settings, often has little or no choice in transportation options. In many cases, we are not competing for the business of Public Customers as if we were in a market. Rather, we are dictating to the customer how they will receive the service we are providing.

This shift of power from the customer to us should place a special burden on those of us in Mobility Management. Because when this shift occurs, the Public Customer becomes a Captive Customer.

For us, “The Dreaming Place” is a time to enjoy our profession of helping people reach their destinations in life. It is a place to be sensitive to the wants and desires of the Public Customer. It is thinking about how to free the Captive Customer.

We have the knowledge and power to improve the quality of transportation services the Public Customer receives. Let us share our knowledge with our peers and our power with our customers.

Join us here in “The Dreaming Place” for the way things could be or should be. Let us imagine . . . or re-imagine transportation service.

The H2H2H Foundation Advocates for Excellence in Mobility Management

Panama City, Republic of Panama, 1 January 2017 – Ramon L. Mota-Velasco P. of Mexico City, Mexico and Cristóbal Chao-Qing C. of Panama City, Republic of Panama and Macau, Republic of China are pleased to announce the formation of the H2H2H Foundation, a nonprofit, international foundation championing the delivery of quality, commercial Mobility Management (MM) services by governmental entities, institutions, for-profit businesses and other stakeholders.

MM is an innovative, worldwide trend in the public transportation sector that features a strategic approach to coordinating service and enhancing the customer experience. MM accomplishes this by promoting communication and collaboration between managers of different elements of the transportation infrastructure within a particular community. These elements might include, for example, public transit networks, parking facilities, tollways, car ferries and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

One goal of MM is to encourage thoughtful Transportation Demand Management strategies to better utilize existing transportation grids. Another objective is expanding the range of sustainable transportation options for consumers by leveraging the emerging “shared economy”.

Strategically located in Panama City, Republic of Panama, the Foundation will be active across Latin America. “Our primary mission is to bridge the cultural, linguistic and commercial divides of North, Central and South American MM professionals,” says Mota-Velasco, Chairman of the entity’s Board of Governors. “However, we will also perform outreach across the globe, with affiliate offices initially located in six additional countries.”

“The Foundation will advocate for transportation managers and consumers, facilitating the flow of innovation and information from the point of experience to the point of need,” Mota-Velasco adds. “We hope to enhance the professionalism of mobility managers and increase respect for MM as a profession. In addition, H2H2H aspires to inform and educate transportation planners and upper-echelon decisionmakers about best practices in MM.”

The H2H2H Foundation will provide a unique, bilingual, “PanAmerican” forum for the exchange of ideas and a platform for innovation. Via its website (www.H2H2H.org), forthcoming publications, and future conferences online and in select Latin American cities, H2H2H will create a self-supporting showcase for the very best operations, solution providers and consultants in parking, TDM, intermodal transportation and ITS.

Says Vice Chairman Chao-Qing, “Our motto is ‘Sharing Excellence in Mobility Management’. We will encourage ‘Mobility Sustainability’, as we’ve tagged it, by developing the skillsets of transportation managers to meet the needs of today’s eco-conscious, mobile consumers.”