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.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Houston FTW: Transit Execs Aim to Fix Sorry Bus Stops

|
The lousy state of American bus stops is a serious problem. Transit riders say bad waiting environments are one of their top concerns, according to a recent survey and report by TransitCenter [PDF]. That’s why Streetsblog is highlighting some of the sorriest bus stops in the nation this month. Poor walking conditions and uncomfortable bus stops are not just the transit agency’s responsibility. Local governments and […]

Could D.C. Become Transit’s New Civil Rights Battleground?

|
A $189 million budget shortfall for next year is forcing some tough choices on Washington D.C.’s local transit authority, which is poised to approve a package of fare increases and service cuts that includes a 35-cent hike for bus trips. One in five of D.C.’s bus commuters lives without a car, compared with one in […]

SF, NYC, and DC Sign Deals to Upgrade Transit Technology

|
IBM’s Smarter Planet project, which uses technology (and sometimes plain old polling) in an effort to revamp urban infrastructure, today signed deals with transit agencies in San Francisco, New York City, and Washington D.C. to "smartly" manage the ins and outs of keeping trains and buses running. San Francisco’s BART, New York’s LIRR, and Washington […]