Talking Headways Podcast: Innovation at LA Metro

LA Metro CEO Phil Washington joins the podcast this week to discuss new developments in Los Angeles transit. Listen in and hear about Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation, the potential for autonomous buses, microtransit pilot programs, and new fare media, as well as the links between affordable housing production and transit.

  • Lots of good points to think about. I was especially pleased to hear the planning for State of Good Repair. One generic difference between European/Canadian systems and U.S. systems is the amount of attention given to this aspect of the business. One of the things that kept me at RTD in Denver when recruited for elsewhere was knowing that we were at least trying to do that. It’s no fun going to a neighborhood meeting and spending time on complaints about under-maintenance.

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