This week's guest is transit analyst and writer Alon Levy, whose work comparing the capital costs of rail construction across cities and countries has become increasingly influential. We talk about how Alon got into transportation, subway costs, and price comparisons, and the thinking behind a new Boston commuter rail electrification plan.
Please welcome back to the podcast Shared Use Mobility Center Executive Director Sharon Feigon. In this episode, Sharon discusses the newest trends in shared mobility, including scooters and e-bikes. We talk about whether the animosity toward ride-hailing has waned, the issues that cities and transportation companies are coming across as they try to create mobility platforms, and whether car-share usage is declining due to more options in the market.
This week's guest is Tom Gerend, executive director of the KC Streetcar Authority. Tom tells us about the challenges of creating the streetcar and a broader regional transit network, and explains the value capture mechanism that funds all of the KC Streetcar’s operations and maintenance.
Author Shannon Mattern joins the podcast this week to discuss her new book, Code+Clay, Data+Dirt: 5,000 Years of Urban Media. Shannon is a professor of media studies at the New School in New York City, and she tells us why she wanted to teach about the intersection of her discipline with architecture and cities. We […]
This week, author Daniel Sperling joins us to talk about his new book, Three Revolutions, which examines the potential sea change in transportation as a result of electrification, automation, and shared rides. We discuss how he came to believe that shared rides are the future, the role of regulation during these transformations, and what all this change means for auto manufacturers.
Jarrett Walker of Human Transit fame joins the podcast this week to talk about how to communicate transportation and planning concepts to the public. Jarrett tells us about the importance of humanities majors in transportation professions, why NIMBYs feel the way they do, and how we can think differently about the language we use to discuss housing and transportation.
This week we’re joined by Jonathan Sage Martinson, former director of the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative in the Twin Cities. Jonathan discusses the collaborative's work on the Green Line light rail corridor between Minneapolis and St. Paul, and how one member got the FTA to change its regulations.
This week's illustrious guests are Robert Cervero, Erick Guerra, and Stefan Al, who tell us all about their new book, Beyond Mobility. We discuss how to recalibrate cities to put people first when we shape transportation and the built environment, silly regulations like requiring parking space per toilet seat, and the best transportation and planning practices the U.S. should borrow from around the world.
The arrival of dockless bike-share is changing the cycling landscape in some American cities. Dallas, for instance, may not be known for its bikeability, but it now has thousands of public bicycles available at very low cost. With the rapid expansion of these systems have come the inevitable complaints. Some are at least understandable — […]
This week's episode takes us back to the NACTO 2017 conference in Chicago, with a series of speakers who did quick presentations on how advocacy can change how people think and feel about city streets.
This week's guest is Benjamin De La Pena, deputy director for policy, planning, mobility, and right of way at Seattle DOT. We talk about SDOT’s New Mobility Playbook, which describes "strategies for shaping the future of transportation in a way that puts people first."