Talking Headways Podcast: Climbing the Ladder Together

This week we’re joined by Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone. Somerville is an inner suburb of Boston and highly walkable, and the city is currently working on plans for transit-oriented development around the Green Line Extension.

Mayor Curtatone talks about how that effort is progressing and can be recreated in the future, and how the city has transformed yet maintained its unique character over his 14 years in office.

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Image: Town of Somerville The holy grail for many urbanists contemplating long-term development and growth trends is the transit village. Adding growth adjacent to functional transit has the benefit of making it easier for the new population there to drive less and use transit for a multitude of trips. Likewise, transit villages can add to […]

Boosting Transit Ridership With New Stations, Not New Track

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Assembly Station in Somerville, outside Boston, is a great example of how older transit systems can draw more riders with new stations in strategic locations. Image: MBTA Yonah Freemark at the Transport Politic calls them infill stations: new transit stops built in gaps along existing rail lines. Current examples include Assembly Station just outside Boston […]

Boosting Transit Ridership With New Stations, Not New Track

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Yonah Freemark at the Transport Politic calls them infill stations: new transit stops built in gaps along existing rail lines. Current examples include Assembly Station just outside Boston in Somerville, DC’s NoMa Station, and the West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. Infill stations are a pretty brilliant method to get the most out of older rail systems without spending very much, […]