Talking Headways: A Streetsblog Podcast (transportation)

Hosts Jeff Wood of the Overhead Wire (now working with NRDC's crack transportation team) and Streetsblog's Tanya Snyder talk to Randy Simes in this week's podcast about the dazzling success of the pro-streetcar movement in Cincinnati -- and how they finally grabbed the long-elusive gold ring.

Then Randy stayed with us to discuss the false choice between transit that's useful and transit that's fun and beautiful. And we analyze an architect's proposal to expand BART's capacity by building a second tube under the San Francisco Bay.

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Direct download: Mixdown_4242_021914_podcast_randy_simes.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 4:16pm EST

Jeff Wood and Tanya Snyder are back with episode 8 of the Talking Headways podcast. We talk about the Los Angeles Metro's decision not to extend light rail all the way to LAX (and what they're doing instead), plus some analysis of what rail can really do in a city as spread-out as LA. Then we head east to Princeton, New Jersey, where we debunk the thesis that low sales of luxury condos somehow equates to a rejection of walkability. And finally, back west to Seattle, which finds itself with a similar problem to LA: how to bring more density to settled single-family areas?

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Category:transportation -- posted at: 4:01pm EST

The best thing about hosting a Streetsblog podcast is getting to call on other Streetsblog reporters for the lowdown on the biggest news of the week. In this case, Jeff Wood and I called on Ben Fried, Streetsblog's editor-in-chief and New York-based reporter, to explain why we can stop being cynical and just appreciate that a New York mayor just dedicated himself to a vision of zero traffic deaths in the city.

We also took a look at how California is changing its environmental laws to stop considering level of service the most important environmental transportation goal -- and how some people miss the nuances of how population density impacts transportation planning.

Direct download: podcast_mixdown_3456_011714.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 11:45pm EST

This week, podcast co-host Jeff Wood and I got to chat with The Transport Politic's Yonah Freemark about the outlook for new transit projects in 2014. Building off Yonah's thorough (and colorful!) outline of the year's expected transit starts, we talked about the projects we were most excited about, including some that have been a long time coming. And we take a look back at what kind of year 2013 was for transit.

This conversation was so good we went over our usual half-hour time slot and riffed for a good 50 minutes.

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Category:transportation -- posted at: 2:19pm EST

Jeff and Tanya discuss the impressive turnout -- and possible pitfalls -- of London's 1,000-person die-in for cyclists' rights. We try to contain our envy (but not our amazement) at Paul Salopek's seven-year journey tracing the path of Homo sapiens from the Rift Valley to Tierra del Fuego. And we admit that yes, even passionate transit advocates know what it means to embarrassed about taking the bus.

Direct download: podcast_20131202_Mixdown_3219.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 11:35pm EST

Streetsblog Capitol Hill Editor Tanya Snyder and Reconnecting America's Jeff Wood talk about the war on bikes, the end of the Klein/Sadik-Khan era, and a whole bunch of sprawling messes down in Texas. And then we go to our happy place.

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Category:transportation -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

Streetsblog's first podcast. Capitol Hill Editor Tanya Snyder and Reconnecting America's Jeff Wood talk about the pitfalls of regional planning, the hijinks of Florida Governor Rick Scott, and the ins and outs of fantasy maps.

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Category:transportation -- posted at: 2:05pm EST