Talking Headways: A Streetsblog Podcast (transportation)

This week we're joined by Breen Masciotra, TOD Manager for the Port Authorty of Allegheny County and Karina Ricks, Director of the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure at The City of Pittsburgh.  We discuss transportation in Pittsburgh and the challenges they face including topography, new technologies, and hostile streets. We also talk about awesome improvements to the system including new bus rapid transit, transit oriented development, eco innovation districts, and connecting multiple mobility types.  

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_BMKR_12062017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 8:09pm EST

This week we're at the NACTO Designing Cities Conference in Chicago and hear keynotes from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Department of Transportation's Director of Planning and Programming Erin Aleman.

 

The Mayor discusses Chicago's distinct advantages compared to other cities as well as improvements that have been made to the cities transportation system. He also talks about new funding sources including a ride hailing fee for transit capital and why those things are related.

 

In her discussion after the Mayor, Erin Aleman discusses how IDOT is working to use NACTO's street design guides, how improvements are being made to reduce fatalities on streets, and how transportation affects everyone.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_RE_11292017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 8:29pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

This week on Talking Headways we’re joined by Zack Wasserman, Head of Global Business Development at Via, a ride sharing company headquartered in New York.  We talk about Via’s role as a ride sharing provider and software builder for transit agencies and how we can get more people sharing rides.  We also discuss how future transportation will likely change in lower density places and the role of innovation in both the public and private sector transportation space.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_ZW_07132017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 4:43am EST

This week we’re coming to you from the UITP Global Transport Summit in Montreal with guest Projjal Dutta, the Director of Sustainability at the NYMTA.  We chat about the idea of transit avoided carbon, how you measure emissions, and the impact of Superstorm Sandy on sustainability thinking in the NY region.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_PD_07052017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 11:26pm EST

This week on the podcast we’re chatting with Beth Osborne of T4America and Kevin DeGood of The Center for American Progress about infrastructure plans of the new administration.  We talk about the budget process skinny or thick, the possible benefits and drawbacks of public private partnerships, the difference between funding and financing, and what this means for transportation in rural areas. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_BOKD_06282017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 11:03pm EST

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