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National Links: Amazon’s Reconnaissance

December 11, 2018

Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn.  We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces.

Amazon’s search for HQ2 was reconnaissance: In the search for a second home, Amazon sought proposals from cities that would shower the company with potential tax breaks and new infrastructure. But Nick Tabor believes there was another reason for starting a bidding war, to gather as much intelligence about the state of infrastructure and more in major cities around the country as possible in order to out compete other companies. (Nick Tabor | New York Magazine)

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National Links: International Trainsets Allowed

December 3, 2018

Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn.  We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces.

FRA finally allows for international trainsets: The Federal Railroad Administration has finalized new safety rules that would allow passenger railcars from asian and european countries to run on American rails. Previous rules stipuled that the train cars withstand 800,000 pounds of impact in case they were to crash into freight trains. (Angie Schmitt | Streetsblog USA)

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Podcast and Transcript: Verkehrsverbund with Professor Ralph Buehler

November 26, 2018

This week we’re joined by Professor Ralph Buehler of Virginia Tech, who talks with us about the German transport concept of Verkehrsverbund.

We had a request for the transcript for this episode so decided to try out some auto generating software.  Needless to say I don’t think the software is there yet as it took about 3 hours to clean it up.  But with that being said we have this one available after the jump.  We might do some in the future by popular request but it’s not likely to happen for every episode of Talking Headways unless we get a transcript sponsor. <hint hint>

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National Links: Is It Too Soon for Baby Boomer Retirement Homes?

November 20, 2018

Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn.  We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces.

Not self-driving anytime soon: Waymo CEO John Krafcik recently put the brakes on the fantasy that autonomous vehicles would be ubiquitous anytime soon. He also believes there will never be a time when self driving vehicles will be able to operate in all weather. While self driving cars might not be here soon, trucks might be another story. (Shara Tibken | CNET)

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National Links: Beware the Walled Garden

November 13, 2018

Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn.  We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces.

There’s danger in creating “walled gardens” in transportation: A “walled garden” is a technology platform that limits the options available to a user to ones curated by the company (think Amazon’s Kindle or Apple’s App Store). David Zipper argues there is a real danger of limiting transportation choice when ride hailing companies, for example, create walled gardens that could push out other options such as public transit. (David Zipper | Fast Company)

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Podcast: Waiting for the Ghost Bus

October 26, 2018

This week we’re joined by Dr. Kari Watkins, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech and co-founder and “Chief Motivator” of OneBusAway, an open source platform for real time transit info.

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Mondays at The Overhead Wire Episode #5

October 24, 2018

Welcome to our NEW SHOW on the Talking Headways Podcast Network called Mondays at The Overhead Wire where Jeff and a rotating band of amazing co-hosts talk about the top stories from TheOverheadWire.com.

This week Anna Muessig of Gehl joins to talk about her trip to Copenhagen, AVs, and Uber’s move into congestion pricing advocacy.

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Mondays at The Overhead Wire Episode #4

October 21, 2018


Welcome to our NEW SHOW on the Talking Headways Podcast Network called Mondays at The Overhead Wire where Jeff and a rotating band of amazing co-hosts talk about the top stories from TheOverheadWire.com.

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Mondays at The Overhead Wire Episode #3

October 19, 2018

Welcome to our NEW SHOW on the Talking Headways Podcast Network called Mondays at The Overhead Wire where Jeff and a rotating band of amazing co-hosts talk about the top stories from TheOverheadWire.com.

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New Show! Mondays at The Overhead Wire

September 21, 2018

This last Tuesday we released our new show, Monday’s at The Overhead Wire, a review of the top news on TheOverheadWire.com each week.  I co-host the show with some great folks each week talking about transportation and planning and hopefully we have a little fun. It’s called Mondays because we record at my house on Monday evening.

If you’re subscribed to the Talking Headways podcast you’ll get it in your feed as we’re releasing them on Tuesday.  I’m hoping that in the future we can add a show or two more on the Talking Headways Podcast Network. I’m looking forward to hearing what people think.







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