Talking Headways: A Streetsblog Podcast

This week we’re back again at Rail~Volution and joined by Diana Mendes, Transit/Rail Practice Leader and Vice President at HNTB.  We talk about how Diana met the author of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and what needs to change about environmental planning.  She talks about the environmental planning process for the Lower Manhattan Recovery after 9-11 in addition to early use of GIS.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_DM_10182017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 1:42am EDT

This week we’re back at the Rail~Volution conference in Denver talking with Congressman Earl Blumenauer who represents Oregon’s 3rd District which includes parts of Portland.  Congressman Blumenauer discusses how Rail~Volution got its start, how we can use congestion pricing and road user charges to pay for transportation, Vision Zero, and why urbanists should be thinking about the Farm Bill

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_EB_10112017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 2:26am EDT

This week we’re joined by Tony Dutzik of the Frontier Group and Steven Higashide of TransitCenter to discuss their new report entitled Who Pays for Parking? We discuss where these parking tax subsidies come from, what are some case studies of cities that have learned how to create value from parking, and who benefits from these parking subsidies.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_TDSH_10052017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 3:34am EDT

This week on the podcast we’re bringing you an episode we recorded at Rail~Volution in Denver in front of a live audience. I was joined by transit advocate and Maryland local Dan Reed to talk about the Purple Line light rail project.  After 31 years of discussion the Purple Line is finally under construction and Dan gives us some background on the project including where the project goes, how the public private partnership was put together and how lawsuits just couldn’t keep a good line down.  We also learn how Dan used to talk about the project with his friends in high school and how his advocacy has spanned 14 years. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_DR_09272017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 1:47am EDT

This week we’re joined by Abby Thorne Lyman, the Transit Oriented Development Program Manager at BART. Abby discusses BART’s new TOD Guidelines and the group of agency policies they pull together.  We talk about the importance of reduced parking, the ridership benefits, and expectations transit agencies should have for property developers.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_ATL_09142017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 5:13am EDT

This week we are back at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Montreal. We recorded this session on Land Value Capture featuring Julian Ware of Transport for London, Sharon Liu of Hong Kong’s MTR, and Iain Dobson of Strategic Regional Research Associates in Toronto.  Each of them discuss how each of their organizations looks at land value capture as a specific tool for transport development.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_UITPLVC_09072017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 4:27am EDT

This week we’re chatting with Nico Larco, an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon and  Co-Director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative.  We talk about the secondary effects of autonomous vehicles and e-commerce such as street design, parking, and land values.  We also talk about terrestrial drones, zombie cars, delivery bee hives, and the fact that cities just aren’t ready yet for an autonomous future.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_NL_08242017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 5:30am EDT

This week Robin Rather of Collective Strength joins the podcast to talk about missteps in the planning profession.  She discusses how she got to thinking about urban issues and why she believes current planning practice is stuck in the 1990s. We also talk about the often jargon filled language the profession uses and use an example paragraph from Austin’s current code rewrite to illustrate.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_RR_08172017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 6:24am EDT

This week is the first part of two where I chat with Jonn Elledge, the editor of City Metric and the host of the Skylines podcast.  In this episode Jonn interviews me about US transportation, particularly the history of urban subways and light rail and we also talk about transport politics and possible futures.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_JE_08102017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 4:11am EDT

This week we welcome back Tanya Snyder of Politico Magazine for the 150th episode of Talking Headways. We discuss aviation legislation in the house of representatives including what it means for drones and whether private jets should pay more for air traffic control. We also talk about legislation on self-driving vehicles and all of the smaller details you might not have heard before including state versus federal regulations of vehicles and children’s safety.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_TS150_08032017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 7:24am EDT