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Talking Headways: A Streetsblog Podcast

The Talking Headways podcast is a weekly podcast about transportation and urban design.

Nov 30, 2023

This week we’re at the Mpact conference in Phoenix Arizona and joined by Tom Brennan, Director of Business Strategy at Nelson Nygaard. We talk about the sexy world of bus speed and reliability,  how agency can invest for effectiveness, and future proofing routes for the long term.

Some amazing resources on the subject...

Nov 16, 2023

This week on Talking Headways we’re joined by author Ben Goldfarb to talk about his book, Crossings: How Road Ecology is Shaping the Future of Our Planet. We discuss how roads cut off ecosystems, wildlife crossings, and animal mobility at different scales.

You can get the book from The Overhead Wire book club at

Nov 2, 2023

This week we’re joined by transit expert and former general manager for three transit systems Ron Kilcoyne. Ron joins us to talk about the importance of running frequent transit service in order to attract riders and how agencies in the Bay Area are underserving the population.

Find Ron's Streetsblog SF piece here...

Oct 12, 2023

This week we’re joined by Abby Thorne-Lyman, Former Director of Real Estate at BART, to talk about BART’s development projects and priorities, and the importance of real estate to BART’s future. 

Today's podcast was produced in partnership with Mpact. Learn more about the work they do and annual conference at

Oct 5, 2023

This week we’re joined by Kari Watkins  and Dave Ederer to talk about their paper The Safe Systems Pyramid: A New Framework for Traffic Safety. We talk about the connections between transportation and public health and how it allows us to think differently about transportation safety.

Find David's full dissertation...