More than a year ago, I was approached by a colleague who told me that something big was happening in Oakland, and that I should monitor the process as the city put together a new Transportation Department. Today I'm pleased to post the first (and hopefully not the last) episode in a series on the Oakland Transportation Department -- how it came to be and what comes next.
This week's guest is Darnell Grisby, director of policy development and research at the American Public Transportation Association. We discuss the national drop in transit ridership, who rides transit in the United States, and federal policy going forward.
This week we’re time-warping back to a different era -- last October, and the Shared Use Mobility Summit in Chicago. Laura Washington of the Chicago Sun Times hosted this panel featuring the Metropolitan Planning Council's MarySue Barrett, the Shared Use Mobility Center's Sharon Feigon, and Transportation for America’s James Corless.
This week Corinne Kisner and Matthew Roe of NACTO tell us about their influential series of street design guides that give transportation engineers "permission" to put walking, biking, and transit first. Learn how the guides are put together and how cities are using them to prioritize people instead of cars.
The guest this episode is Alexander Garvin, author of the recently released book What Makes a Great City. We chat about why people are an important factor in building cities and taking pictures; Houston’s Post Oak Boulevard is going to show up Chicago, San Francisco, and New York’s best streets; and Alexander’s heroes, from Edmund Bacon to Haussmann to Robert Moses.