Talking Headways Podcast: The Most Exhilarating Transit Ride in America

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This week’s guest is Matt Johnson, a bike planner for Montgomery County, Maryland, and a writer at Greater Greater Washington. Instead of visiting every baseball park or trying out each city’s regional cuisine, Matt rides their rail systems. In fact, he’s ridden every American urban rail system open today (101 total), as shown in this handy spreadsheet.

Matt tells us about his favorite systems and what got him started on his journey to ride them all. We also get into the allure of long-distance Amtrak travel and how the annual #NerdTrain — a gathering of GGW contributors and friends aboard Amtrak — got started. And we of course get Matt’s take on several DC transit topics including the streetcar, the walkability problem with Tyson’s Corner, and how transit planners choose alignments for new routes.

So tune in and find out which city is home to “The Most Exhilarating Transit Ride in America.”

  • davistrain

    I’m impressed! As someone who tries to ride as many transit systems as possible when out traveling, my hat is off to Mr. Johnson. I don’t travel as much, so there are many rail lines that I haven’t ridden yet, and several that have opened in recent years. It’s like they’re opening them faster than I can get to them; a far cry from the “Bad Old Days”, when nearly all the railway news was about line abandonments and cars being scrapped.

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