Talking Headways: A Streetsblog Podcast (transportation)

This week we’re joined by Christof Hellmis, Vice President of Strategic Program at Here Technologies in Berlin Germany.  I was invited to CES in Las Vegas by HERE to check out the next generation in data and maps and got to sit down with Christof to talk about data and transportation.  We chatted about how mapping and location will be important for new transportation technologies and old and I ask questions about equity and data and potential privacy concerns.  At one point Christof goes on to say this isn’t just mapping for humans, it’s maps for everything. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_CH_02072018.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 2:48am EST

This week on the podcast we’re joined by Kyle Shelton of the Kinder Institute to talk about his new book Power Moves: Transportation, Politics, and Development in Houston.  I ask Kyle why he wrote the book and his feelings about looking back at history knowing about potentially better transportation outcomes.  We also talk about the idea of “infrastructure citizenship” and how local advocacy groups wielded power in past fights between road builders and transit advocates.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_KS_02012018.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 4:26am EST

This week we’re joined by Yonah Freemark of the Transport Politic for our annual prediction extravaganza!  Find out how last year’s predictions held up and whether you agree with this year’s thoughts on Montreal transit and Bus Rapid Transit in Boston. We also discuss the leaked infrastructure plan from the new administration and talk about our favorite writers focused on urban issues. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_YF18_01252018.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 5:10am EST

This week’s episode features Fehr and Peers Ron Milam and me discussing the differences between the Transportation Research Board conference in Washington DC and the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, both of which took place on the second week in January.

We discuss all the interesting topics that emerged from both conferences including delivery drones, curb management, massive data collection from autonomous vehicles, and the potential uses and rights issues that might arise in the built environment from the use of augmented reality.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_RM_01182018.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 5:41am EST

This week we're back at NACTO 2017 in Chicago with a series of speakers that did quick presentations on how the work we do as advocates to change minds. 

Skye Duncan hosts and starts off with a discussion of the NACTO Global Designing Cities Initiative.

Chris Bruntlett talks about the work he and his family do at Modacity "marketing the lifestyle of cycling".

Ed Solis of The City of San Jose describes Viva Calle, San Jose's Cyclovia.

Kris Carter of the City of Boston talks about the safety competition app "Boston's Safest Driver".

Ankita Chachra discusses the language of design and tools to make change in small ways that empower citizens to demand change.

And finally Ronnie Matthew Harris talks about showing people in his neighborhood alternative ways to plan journeys without the car.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_SD_01112018.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 5:39am EST

This week we’re back at the NACTO Designing Cities conference for the closing plenary.  Paris’ Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Public Space Christophe Najdovski discusses all the improvements that are being made to the city’s transportation network.  He chats about expanding the subway and tram networks, improving cycling infrastructure, creating more space for people in public squares and pedestrianizing the left bank of the River Seine.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_CN_12212017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 3:40am EST

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