Talking Headways Podcast: The Three Revolutions of Transportation

This week, author Daniel Sperling joins us to talk about his new book, Three Revolutions, which examines the potential sea change in transportation as a result of electrification, automation, and shared rides. We discuss how he came to believe that shared rides are the future, the role of regulation during these transformations, and what all this change means for auto manufacturers.

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Talking Headways Podcast: Sharing a Ride to the Future

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This week's guest on Talking Headways is Zack Wasserman, head of global business development at Via, a ride-hailing company headquartered in New York. We talk about Via’s role as a trip provider, as well as a software builder for transit agencies, and how we can get more people sharing rides. We also discuss how transportation systems are likely to change in lower density places and the role of technological and policy innovation in both the public and private transportation sectors.

Talking Headways Podcast: A New Path for Urban Mobility

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Paul Mackie of Mobility Lab joins me this week to discuss transportation demand management (TDM), urban mobility, and how cities need to adapt to change the transportation status quo. I ask Paul how he got into transportation and biking, and why messages about active transportation should be more positive, instead of making us feel at risk and less likely to ride. […]

Talking Headways Podcast: Zero Emissions Cities Are the Key

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This week we’re joined by Patrick Oliva, co-founder of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate, to talk about the decarbonization of transport. The conversation touches on the electrification of the transportation sector and what it means for climate change, the role cities need to play in the Paris process and what levels of government work best to address climate change, and what the focus should be for mayors in the coming decade.

Talking Headways Podcast: The Transportation Innovation Revolution

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Shin-pei Tsay of Transit Center joins me this week to delve into her new report, A People’s History of Recent Urban Transportation Innovation, which examines how advocacy and political leadership have combined in several American cities to produce a more multi-modal transportation network. We discuss the cycle of change, why mayors and local activists (who Transit Center calls “the […]

Can We Bike Our Way to a Stable Climate?

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Crossposted from the Frontier Group.  Earlier this week, I had the chance to talk about the role of bicycling in addressing climate change at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. The conversation was framed around the Paris climate agreement – the pact signed by 195 nations in December […]

Electrification in the Climate Bill: Thinking Bigger Than a Car

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At today’s Senate energy committee hearing on climate change, there was much talk about electricity — how it could be generated under a cap-and-trade system and how prices could remain within consumers’ reach even as the nation begins to put a price on carbon. An electrified rail line. (Photo: Metrolinx) In fact, Sen. Mary Landrieu […]