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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 360: Transit Expansion and Service in the Pandemic

November 17, 2021

This week we’re at the 2021 Virtual Railvolution conference. Adelee Le Grand, CEO of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit System in Tampa moderates a panel featuring Debra Johnson, GM and CEO of RTD in Denver and Peter Rogoff, CEO of Sound Transit in Seattle. Johnson and Rogoff discuss transit expansion plans and progress in their respective regions as well as how they kept things going during the pandemic.

To listen to the audio of this show, you can find it at Streetsblog USA and at Libsyn.


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 359: Streets are Not Just Pipes

November 10, 2021

This week we’re joined by Miami of Ohio Geography Professor David Prytherch. David chats with us about his recent journal article in Urban Geography: Reimagining the physical/social infrastructure of the American street.  We talk about businesses newfound interest in the street, equity and ethical discussions about rights to the street, and the new pandemic paradigm of open streets.

You can listen to the show at Streetsblog USA or on our libsyn archive.

Below is a full unedited transcript:


Mondays #100! Double Infrastructure All the Way

November 9, 2021

Well it’s finally infrastructure week. We definitely timed it to coincide with our 100th episode of Mondays. Tracy and I get into some of the lesser discussed details of the IIJA bill while also covering a few stores from the newsletter including, French bookshop protection, Vienna’s urban flood protection, housing rejection in SF, indoor methane issues, and the idea of cluster commutes. And Chrissy joins us towards the end to celebrate it being episode 100.

Infrastructure details from the National Association of Counties.

(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 358: A National Perspective with Jannet Walker Ford

November 4, 2021

This week we’re joined by Jannet Walker-Ford, National Transit and Rail Lead at WSP. We chat about high speed rail around the country, the benefits of trade and research groups, escalating transit project costs, and our current transport policy environment.

To listen to this episode, you can find it on Streetsblog USA or at Libsyn.

For a full unedited transcript, check below the fold.


Mondays 99: The Halloween Highway

October 26, 2021

This week we’re joined by Josh Fairchild, Co-Founder of Transit Matters, a transit advocacy organization in Boston. Josh tells us about his recent trip to California and his experience with BART after a long flight. We also talk about our slate of news including the end of Alitalia Airlines, the idea of Planet City, Seattle’s experiment with e-bike deliveries, and how the human brain navigates cities.

(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 356: Partisanship and Transportation

October 21, 2021

This week we’re joined by Kelcie Ralph, Nick Klein, and Calvin Thigpen to talk about their recent paper ‘Political Partisanship and Transportation Reform’ written with Anne Brown in the Journal of The American Planning Association.  We chat about why they wrote the paper, what they found out about partisanship and transportation policy, and why all sides of the political spectrum have little understanding of induced demand.

Below is a full unedited transcript of the show. Listen to the episode at Streetsblog USA or our hosting page on Libsyn.


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 354: Active Transportation Laws in Berlin

October 7, 2021

This week we’re joined by Roland Stimpel of The German Pedestrian Association Fussverkehr.  Roland chats with us about Berlin’s new mobility laws including the 2018 Mobility Act and 2021’s pedestrian law amendments. We also talk about SUVs, the struggle to find public servants, and Ampelmännchen, the traffic light man.

Below is a full unedited transcript. To listen to the episode, you can find it at Streetsblog USA or Libsyn.


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 353: Depave Cities

September 30, 2021

This week on the podcast we’re joined by Mary Pat McGuire, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois.  Mary Pat talks with us about what happens to water after it hits the pavement, the damaging environmental impacts of covering cities in pavement, and steps we can take to reduce runoff in green cities.

You can find the audio of this episode at Streetsblog USA and Libsyn.

Below is a full unedited transcript:


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 352: The Community Knows What it Wants

September 22, 2021

This month on the Railvolution podcast we’re joined by Duncan Hwang, Interim Co-Director of the Asian Pacific Network of Oregon and Gauri Rajbaidya, architect and senior associate at SERA. They chat with us about community driven development in Portland’s Jade District and how it’s connected to the rest of the region.

To listen to this episode, visit Streetsblog USA or our audio page.

The full (unedited) transcript is below:


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 351: The Rules Require Death

September 16, 2021

This week we’re joined by Dr. Megan Ryerson, UPS Chair of Transportation at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. Dr. Ryerson joins us to talk about her research on cognitive workload, measuring the stress of cyclists at intersections. We also chat about transportation during the pandemic, the uneven power dynamics in traffic safety between cars and bikes/pedestrians, and how safety and an inability to navigate are access restrictions.

For a full unedited transcript, follow below. To listen to the audio, you can find it here or at Streetblog USA.


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 349: Active Transportation Parades

September 1, 2021

This week we’re joined by new Rail~Volution CEO Tamar Shapiro. We chat about her previous work in transportation and city planning at orgs like NUMO and The Governor’s Institute, how to measure transportation success, and the transportation parades before German soccer games.

For the audio of this show, check out the archive at Streetsblog USA.

Below is a full unedited transcript (computer generated):


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 348: New Mobilities with Todd Litman

August 25, 2021

This week we’re joined by Todd Litman, Executive Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. Todd discusses his book New Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies. We reframe the transportation investments we make, talk about sharing information, and discuss why air taxis might not be the future.

You can find the episode audio at Streetsblog USA. The unedited transcript is below:


Mondays 95: Connecting the Dots

August 23, 2021

This week on the Mondays show, we chat about a number of different big articles from the last few weeks including TXDOT’s freeway expansions, using the Commerce Clause to rethink zoning, working from home and more! I’m Han Solo this week but I’ve pulled together a couple of the recent newsletter intros as well.



July 23, 2021

Just a heads up for folks that visit this site daily for news.  We’ll be on vacation this last week in July but will be back on August 2nd.  Thanks so much for coming to the site!

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