Talking Headways: A Streetsblog Podcast (transportation)

This week we’re going back to NACTO in Seattle and listening to a plenary given by the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition’s Tamika Butler.  The plenary, “Planning While Black” goes through some of Tamika’s personal history, issues of diversity and equity, and how we should be planning for people who aren’t represented in the process. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_TB_01122017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 5:51am EDT

This week we’re joined by Stephane Eboko of Ma3route, a transportation information platform with over half a million users in Nairobi Kenya.  We chat about the platform and how it helps travelers in the city avoid traffic, what interesting reports and information have come from users reporting their experiences, and what travel is like in Kenya’s Capital.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_SE_01052017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 3:46am EDT

This week we head to Seattle for the NACTO Designing Cities Conference<> to discuss the myriad of issues transportation agencies face when trying to move projects forward and the relationships that make it work out in the end.  Moderated by David Bragdon, Executive Director of TransitCenter, the panel features LA DOT’s  General Manager Seleta Reynolds, LACMTA’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins, Seattle DOT’s Director Scott Kubly, and Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_NACTO1_12152016.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 4:36am EDT

This week we’re at the Shared Use Mobility Summit in Chicago listening to a keynote speech from Zipcar Co-Founder Robin Chase.  Robin talks about her ideas on the brave new world of shared mobility services and autonomous vehicles.  She discusses how autonomous vehicles could be heaven by making space for more active transportation like biking and walking or a hell where we are just swapping out everyone’s cars for a driverless version and continuing existing policies.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_RC_11222016.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 5:35am EDT

This week we’re in Madison Wisconsin for the Empty Storefronts Conference and joined by former Mayor and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Bike Fed Dave Cieslewicz. We chat about his transportation hero, how bikes interact with small businesses, economic development, and why new technologies should make us think twice about building new parking spaces.   

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_DC_11092016.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 3:09am EDT

This week we’re joined live from Rail~Volution by Houston Metro Board Member Christof Spieler.  We talk about the progress on Houston’s bus reimagining and Christof gives tips for public engagement and system planning.  There’s also a discussion about route alignments for bus and rail lines and a plea to use more data when making decisions. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_CSRailvo_11032016.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 3:39am EDT

This week we’re chatting with Ian Brown, former Managing Director for London Rail. We discuss everything London transport including operations contracts, congestion pricing, constructing, financing and making the case for the massive Crossrail project, cycling, bus operations and even contactless payment systems.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_IB_10282016.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 3:43am EDT

This week I’m joined by Tiffany Chu, the Co-Founder of the transit planning software firm Remix.  Tiffany discusses the positive responses that the company has gotten from the industry and what made got it started.  We also discuss the possible policy implications as well as the movement towards open data. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_TC_10132016.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 1:43am EDT

This week we’re chatting with transit advocate Sunday Parker about transportation access for people with disabilities. We talk about the design of transit stations, the layout of the new BART train cars and what that means for different types of users, the idea of universal design and access in the built environment overall, and our best transit days.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_SP_09292016.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 4:39am EDT

This week we’re joined by Rob Puentes of the Eno Center for Transportation, a 95 year old organization focused on better transportation outcomes.  We discuss a number of different topics including some we usually don’t hear much about.  Aviation, freight, coordinating automated vehicle policy, and the presidential election are some of the big topics in our discussion.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_RP_09142016.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 2:57am EDT