This week's guest is Tom Gerend, executive director of the KC Streetcar Authority. Tom tells us about the challenges of creating the streetcar and a broader regional transit network, and explains the value capture mechanism that funds all of the KC Streetcar’s operations and maintenance.
LA Metro CEO Phil Washington joins the podcast this week to discuss new developments in Los Angeles transit. Listen in and hear about Metro's Office of Extraordinary Innovation, the potential for autonomous buses, microtransit pilot programs, and new fare media, as well as the links between affordable housing production and transit.
This week on the podcast we’re joined by Joe DiStefano of Urban Footprint. We talk about Joe’s past work with Calthorpe Associates, where he did regional planning. Joe also talks about creating digital tools for big planning ideas, the importance of planners having information at their fingertips, and how planners should remind everyone that plans are about people.
Author Shannon Mattern joins the podcast this week to discuss her new book, Code+Clay, Data+Dirt: 5,000 Years of Urban Media. We talk about why the perfect future interface humans are looking for does not exist, and how digital mapping can overlook important aspects of the urban spatial landscape.
This week we’re joined by Joseph Curtatone, mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, which is currently working on plans for transit-oriented development around the Green Line Extension. Mayor Curtatone talks about how that effort is progressing and can be recreated in the future, and how this inner Boston suburb has transformed yet maintained its unique character over his 14 years in office.
We’ve got a great episode this week with Los Angeles DOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds. Hear how she got into transportation planning and how she views the future of streets, air rights of way, and the best way for cities to collaborate with private mobility services.
This week, author Daniel Sperling joins us to talk about his new book, Three Revolutions, which examines the potential sea change in transportation as a result of electrification, automation, and shared rides. We discuss how he came to believe that shared rides are the future, the role of regulation during these transformations, and what all this change means for auto manufacturers.
Jarrett Walker of Human Transit fame joins the podcast this week to talk about how to communicate transportation and planning concepts to the public. Jarrett tells us about the importance of humanities majors in transportation professions, why NIMBYs feel the way they do, and how we can think differently about the language we use to discuss housing and transportation.
This week's episode comes to you from the National Shared Mobility Summit in Chicago. If you want to get a primer on how governments and the private sector are moving beyond the era where everyone is expected to own and drive their own car, this panel moderated by Jeff Tumlin of Nelson Nygaard is a good place to start.
This week we’re joined by Jonathan Sage Martinson, former director of the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative in the Twin Cities. Jonathan discusses the collaborative's work on the Green Line light rail corridor between Minneapolis and St. Paul, and how one member got the FTA to change its regulations.
This week's illustrious guests are Robert Cervero, Erick Guerra, and Stefan Al, who tell us all about their new book, Beyond Mobility. We discuss how to recalibrate cities to put people first when we shape transportation and the built environment, silly regulations like requiring parking space per toilet seat, and the best transportation and planning practices the U.S. should borrow from around the world.