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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 466: Making DOTs Measure Emissions

January 17, 2024

This week we’re joined by Beth Osborne, Vice President for Transportation and Thriving Communities at Smart Growth America. We chat about the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Measure Rule that will make State DOTs and MPOs measure emissions on the federal highway system. We also talk about how Beth thinks we have things lining up for positive change, politics of implementing rules, and how the NTSB treats air travel and surface transportation so differently.

You can listen to this episode at Streetsblog USA or find it in our hosting archive.

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The Overhead Wire Daily | January 17th, 2024

Seoul South Korea is piloting a ‘climate card’ that allows unlimited transit trips for $47 a month to boost ridership after pandemic drops. Another $2 gets you unlimited bike share trips as well. They hope to boost transit ridership with the card which is a pretty amazing deal when you think about it.

But it also reminds me of an item we shared at the end of last year from Seattle where a lot of local businesses were buying tickets for employees. With low cost multi-use cards and employer purchase programs that promote transit use, agencies can get low cost transportation options to residents. Of course we need good service to entice people too, but there are multiple angles to approach the current ridership challenges.



The Overhead Wire Daily | January 11th, 2024

January 11, 2024

Apparently conspiracy theorists can change national transportation policy. In England, Ministers of the Department for Transport used the 15 minute city conspiracy theories and backlash as a basis for policy, orienting policy towards drivers. Amazingly, people didn’t take the rhetoric of leaders seriously and thought it was just hot air, but lately when people say they are going to do something, we should probably believe them.

Also, I would highly recommend taking the time to read this deep dive piece in New York Times Magazine about dangerous driving in the United States. It’s a great look at collective trauma, history, peer pressure, and current issues around traffic safety. Because of the focus on driver attitudes and a lack of patience, I do wonder whether we can solve the issue of traffic deaths. I think we can, and we shouldn’t stop trying, but it will be hard. Especially if we only think about it from a design lens and not enforcement, education, and even public health.

I consistently go back now to the safe systems pyramid idea Kari Watkins and David Ederer shared on the podcast. Kinetic energy is what causes traffic deaths, but as the article points out, there’s a whole lot of ways it’s generated.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 465: The SF Ferry Building with John King

January 10, 2024

This week on Talking Headways we’re joined by John King, Urban Design Critic at the SF Chronicle, to talk about his book Portal: San Francisco’s Ferry Building and the Reinvention of American Cities. We chat about the history of the Ferry Building in San Francisco which was one of the busiest city transportation hubs in the world in the early 1900s and how the building has evolved over time parallel to the ups and downs of cities.

You can listen to this episode by heading over to Streetsblog USA or at our hosting archive.

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The Overhead Wire Daily | January 10th, 2023

Well that was quick, a bill that would have combined 27 Bay Area transit agencies has been pulled. It makes sense because there would need to be a more robust discussion of what that might look like before jumping in with both feet. There are labor issues, service area equity and other things to discuss.

Also, the libertarian leaning Mercatus Center has a report on the impacts of minimum lot size reform in Houston, finding that a 2013 lot size reform did not increase land values and in some instances may have reduced them. Related, in Washington State a bill that would allow lot splits was killed last year, but popped up in session again Monday, passing the WA House. California had legalized lot splits with SB9 which went into effect in 2022.

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Mondays Replay: Highways and Partisanship

January 8, 2024

We’re back from the new year but no so back that I have enough material for a Mondays show. So as we started doing at the end of last year, I’m going to share a throwback Talking Headways from time to time to go back to some episodes I found interesting and perhaps mention more than a few times during current interviews.

This episode specifically is with Clayton Nall about his book The Road to Inequality: How the Federal Highway Program Polarized America and Undermined Cities and originally was released 6 years ago in July of 2018. Clayton is now a professor at UC Santa Barbara but his book and work still ring true.

Get Clayton’s book from our bookshop.org site here.


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 464: Narrow the Lanes!

January 3, 2024

This week on Talking Headways we’re joined by Dr. Shima Hamidi, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University to talk about the report: A National Investigation of the Impacts of Lane Width on Traffic Safety.  We chat about the data they collected for 1,100 streets, how narrowing streets can create more space for bikes and peds and how the study and determined narrower lanes are safer.

You can listen to this episode at Streetsblog USA or at the hosting archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 463: Congressman Earl Blumenauer

December 20, 2023

This week we’re joined once again by Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon’s 3rd District. We chat about connections between health care, food and transportation, progress on the Inflation Reduction Act and IIJA infrastructure bills, and future directions for transportation funding.

Listen to this episode at Streetsblog USA or in the hosting archive.

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Mondays 145: Finishing Up 2023!

December 18, 2023

This week on Mondays at The Overhead Wire we celebrate the end of the year with stories from Colorado on the governor’s transit wishes for next year, learning about the new federal Emerging Project Agreement, Salt Lake’s downtown success, and how Europe wants to ban large US trucks. Hang in there with us as we finish 2023 off right.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 462: Downtown or Not Downtown

December 13, 2023

This week on the Talking Headways podcast we’re at the 2023 Mpact transit + mobility conference closing plenary in Phoenix Arizona. Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Transportation Policy at USDOT Christopher Coes leads a panel discussing what’s happening in central cities and how to make them thrive again.

This panel features:  Karen Chapple, Ph.D., Director, School of Cities, University of  Toronto, Toronto, ON | Nichol Bordeaux, Chief Planning and Engagement Officer, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT | Dee Brewer, Executive Director, Downtown Alliance, Salt Lake City, UT | Emeke Moneme, President, Capitol Riverfront, Washington, DC | Ryan Johnson, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Culdesac, Tempe, AZ

Listen to this episode first at Streetsblog USA or the hosting archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 461: Sausage Making and the ADA

December 6, 2023

This week on the Talking Headways podcast we’re at the Mpact conference in Phoenix and joined by Ron Brooks of Accessible Avenue. We chat about service animal etiquette, the negotiation and implementation of ADA, and including people with disabilities in the equity conversation.

To listen to this episode, find it at Streetsblog USA or on our hosting site.

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Mondays 144: 30 Year Mortgages are Weird

December 4, 2023

This week on Mondays at The Overhead Wire we have a wide ranging news share on America’s weird 30 year mortgage, how emissions would have fallen more if it weren’t for SUVs, and the Mayo Clinic’s idea for ‘health neighborhoods’.

Below the fold are the links we chat about on the show.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 460: Sexy World of Bus Speed and Reliability

November 29, 2023

This week on the Talking Headways Podcast we’re at the Mpact conference in Phoenix Arizona and joined by Tom Brennan, Senior Principal 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.

To listen to this episode, check it out a Streetsblog USA or in the hosting archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 459: Crossings

November 15, 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 Bookshop.org.

To listen to the episode, visit Streetsblog USA or the hosting archive.

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Live! Talking Headways Talks with John King at MTC

On December 14th at ~5:30 we’re going to recording a Talking Headways podcast featuring John King discussing his new book Portal: San Francisco’s Ferry building and the Reinvention of American Cities. We’ll be at MTC in San Francisco hosted by the Bay Area Regional Collaborative for one of their Metro Talks series. If you’d like to join us, you can register at this link.

 



(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 458: Older Adults and Climate Emergencies

November 8, 2023

This week on the Talking Headways podcast we’re joined by Danielle Arigoni, Managing Director for Policy and Solutions at The National Housing Trust. We chat about Danielle’s new book Climate Resilience for an Aging Nation as well as housing policy that benefits everyone.

You can find Danielle’s book at our Bookshop Affiliate site or at Island Press.

To listen to this episode, find it at Streetsblog USA or in the hosting archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 457: Want Riders? Run Frequent Service

November 1, 2023

This week on the Talking Headways Podcast 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 and the report he did for Seamless Bay Area. If you want to message Ron, you can do so at his email address [email protected].

To listen to this episode, visit Streetsblog USA or find it in our hosting archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 456: The Living City

October 25, 2023

This week on Talking Headways we’re chatting with professor Des Fitzgerald about his new book The Living City: Why Cities Don’t Need to Be Green to Be Great. We chat about what trees mean to people, the proliferation of moguls that want to build new cities, and the idea of what makes the good city.

To listen to this episode, head over to Streetsblog USA or our archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 455: Finding Resources to Do Big Things

October 18, 2023

This week we’re joined by Chris Fabian of Resource X to talk about his work on priority based budgeting. We discuss how cities create budgets that reflect their policy goals and what it takes to find resources for big ideas.

You can listen to this episode at Streetsblog USA or find it in the hosting archive.

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Mondays 142: Beyond the Rishi Maze

October 17, 2023

This week on the Mondays show we’re Han Solo! But that doesn’t stop us from sharing a lot of news!  The Prime Minister of England has pulled the plug on high speed rail, what the pandemic drop in traffic means for access, designing for autism and much much more!

Listen to the episode here:

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 453: Bringing Public Health to Traffic Safety

October 5, 2023

This week we’re joined by UC Davis professor Kari Watkins and epidemiologist 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 on Georgia Tech’s website.

You can listen to this episode at Streetsblog USA or find it in our hosting archive.

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