Talking Headways Podcast: Transatlantic Part 1 — The United States

Here’s the first installment of my two-part conversation with Jonn Elledge, the editor of City Metric and the host of the Skylines podcast. In this episode Jonn interviews me about American transportation, particularly the history of urban subways and light rail, as well as transportation politics and possible futures.

  • Cole Hendrigan

    I look forward to Part 2.

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Talking Headways Podcast: Transatlantic Part 2 — London

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The Split Between Pragmatic Conservatism and Anti-Transit Extremism

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Talking Headways Podcast: 100 Years of Cincinnati’s Incomplete Subway

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Talking Headways Podcast: The Mayors of Innovation

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Transit Speed and Urbanism: It’s Complicated

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There’s been a rollicking online debate the past week on the subject of “slow transit.” Matt Yglesias at Vox and Yonah Freemark at Transport Politic noted the downsides of two transit projects — the DC streetcar and the Twin Cities’ Green Line, respectively — arguing that they run too slowly to deserve transit advocates’ unqualified […]
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Talking Headways Podcast: Transport Oakland

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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.