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Latest Episodes

William Freedman and the Cross Country Local

The CTPodcast welcomes William Freedman — who is several weeks into a 10-week trek from Long Island to California's Pacific Coast using only local forms of community and public transportation — the Cross Country Local. Joining the podcast from a hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bill discusses the 800 miles he's traveled thus far, including the gaps he's encountered and the support he's found along the way. Listeners can follow Bill's journey on Facebook at the group Cross County Localor via twitter using the hashtag XCLocal. He welcomes any financial assistance through his gofundme page. The CTPodcast will be holding regular conversations with Bill as he traverses the country, so consider this the first in a series of podcasts on the Cross Country Local. Listen Here: (21:16)

--2015 OCT 30
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William Freedman and the Cross Country Local

Rick Wood, President & CEO, CHK America

CHK America's President & CEO, Rick Wood, joins the CT Podcast to discuss the vital, but often overlooked, practice of transit wayfinding. Here, Wood covers the science of navigating through public spaces, the psychology of wayfinding and the 8-second rule as well as CHK America's role in developing cohesive sets of transit wayfinding systems. Fears about navigating a transit system safely and successfully, notes Wood, is often the single-most significant barrier to ridership growth. Listeners will learn that wayfinding is far more than just maps. Listen Here: 22:04

--2015 MAY 19
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Rick Wood, President & CEO, CHK America

Dave Marsh, General Manager, Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS)

There is great value in the work that goes on across the country every day to connect rural residents with jobs, health care, education, shopping and all the other destinations that improve their daily lives. Here, CARTS GM Dave Marsh discusses the history of rural public transportation, including what has changed in the past 40 years — and what has remained. "We're all about getting things done and getting people places," says Marsh. "It's a daily reward to make these connections and we maintain that spirit and those values here at CARTS." Listen Here: 23:09

--2015 MAY 19
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Dave Marsh, General Manager, Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS)

Finding the Zen Zone in San Francisco Transit: A Bus Driver's Perspective

In this edition of the CTPodcast, Driver Doug — trolley bus operator and author — discusses his book, Finding Zen in San Francisco Transit: A Bus Driver's Perspective. With 17 years of experience, Driver Doug shares what it means to be, "packed, stacked and racked" during the morning and evening commutes, and the importance of finding each route's "zen zone." Also, he covers what it takes to be his passenger of the day, the "invisible karmic ledger" and offers some practical advise to transit system management and planners on how to make everyone's trips just a little easier. If you enjoy this podcast, I think you'll really like his book. Listen Here: 24:22

--2015 FEB 5
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Finding the Zen Zone in San Francisco Transit: A Bus Driver's Perspective

Tiffany Chu, Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer, Transitmix

Tiffany Chu, co-founder and chief design officer with Transitmix joins the CTPodcast to discuss the birth of Transitmix — a simple, modern mapping tool for transit planners, professionals and advocates. Emanating from a project at Code for America, Transitmix is an easy-to-use, visual transit planning platform that, according to Chu, "democratizes the transit planning process." Chu sees Transitmix as an important step in giving transit a larger voice in the technology sector, as well as giving technology a larger voice in the transit industry. Finally, we discuss the transformative role of the now-arriving wave of big data in transit. Listen Here: (16:29)

--2015 JAN 21
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Tiffany Chu, Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer, Transitmix

Transit Labs CEO Dag Gogue on Embracing Data, Analytics and Performance

Dag Gogue and Farhan Daredia of Transit Labs join the CT Podcast to talk big data, analytics and the most recent edition of DigitalCT magazine — which included 25 pages of data infographics. According to Gogue, community and public transit need to embrace data's positive influence on measuring outcomes, understanding trends and improving efficiency. "Data is a tool that can help make transit's case here in Washington, or at state legislatures," he notes, during the discussion. Listen Here: 25:17

--2014 DEC 23
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Transit Labs CEO Dag Gogue on Embracing Data, Analytics and Performance

Transit and the 2014 Elections with CFTE's Ashley Robbins

Ashley Robbins of the Center for Transportation Excellence joins Scott to break down how transit fared in the 2014 elections. We cover the the big wins and disappointments and analyze the key takeaways leading into 2015 and 2016. Listen Here (17:01)

--2014 NOV 11
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Transit and the 2014 Elections with CFTE's Ashley Robbins

Jarrett Walker, public transit author, blogger and consultant

Jarrett Walker -- transit author, blogger and consultant--becomes the first recurring guest on the CTPodcast. Walker discusses the changing nature of the work trip in public transit, particularly as it relates to service design, noting: "the way you plan for transit to work is the way you plan for everyday trips... work trips should not be an isolated service." Key topics covered in this discussion include high-frequency service, low-income workers and common-sense system design and redesign. Listen Here (21:03)

--2014 NOV 6
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Jarrett Walker, public transit author, blogger and consultant

Pat Branson, Mayor, Kodiak, Alaska

Mayor Pat Branson of Kodiak, Alaska joins the CTPodcast to discuss transit in Kodiak — the nation's second largest island — as well as across Alaska. From the community-based operation in Kodiak to ferry connections on Alaska's Marine Highway (a 13-hour one-way trip to Homer, Alaska), to the use of planes, snowmobiles, trains and more across the last frontier, Branson knows the difference between rural and remote. "Transit is a vital piece of our economic engine," says Branson. Listen Here (23:34)

--2014 OCT 15
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Pat Branson, Mayor, Kodiak, Alaska

Small Urban Transit Legends Les White and Hugh Mose

Les White and Hugh Mose both recently retired from transit management after lengthy stints at Santa Cruz (Calif.) Metro and Centre Area Transportation Authority (State College, Pa.), respectively. Prior to that, the list of small cities in which they led transit agencies covers Kalamazoo, Mich., Vancouver, Wash., Fort Wayne, Ind., Iowa City, Iowa, Fresno, Calif., and Olympia, Wash. Here, Les and Hugh talk about what they learned along the way, and how each system and community was unique. They highlight what real transit leadership looks like, how things have changed and why they loved leading small city transit operations. Listen Here: 32:34

--2014 SEP 25
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Small Urban Transit Legends Les White and Hugh Mose

Latest Episodes

William Freedman and the Cross Country Local

The CTPodcast welcomes William Freedman — who is several weeks into a 10-week trek from Long Island to California's Pacific Coast using only local forms of community and public transportation — the Cross Country Local. Joining the podcast from a hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bill discusses the 800 miles he's traveled thus far, including the gaps he's encountered and the support he's found along the way. Listeners can follow Bill's journey on Facebook at the group Cross County Localor via twitter using the hashtag XCLocal. He welcomes any financial assistance through his gofundme page. The CTPodcast will be holding regular conversations with Bill as he traverses the country, so consider this the first in a series of podcasts on the Cross Country Local. Listen Here: (21:16)

--2015 OCT 30
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William Freedman and the Cross Country Local

Rick Wood, President & CEO, CHK America

CHK America's President & CEO, Rick Wood, joins the CT Podcast to discuss the vital, but often overlooked, practice of transit wayfinding. Here, Wood covers the science of navigating through public spaces, the psychology of wayfinding and the 8-second rule as well as CHK America's role in developing cohesive sets of transit wayfinding systems. Fears about navigating a transit system safely and successfully, notes Wood, is often the single-most significant barrier to ridership growth. Listeners will learn that wayfinding is far more than just maps. Listen Here: 22:04

--2015 MAY 19
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Rick Wood, President & CEO, CHK America

Dave Marsh, General Manager, Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS)

There is great value in the work that goes on across the country every day to connect rural residents with jobs, health care, education, shopping and all the other destinations that improve their daily lives. Here, CARTS GM Dave Marsh discusses the history of rural public transportation, including what has changed in the past 40 years — and what has remained. "We're all about getting things done and getting people places," says Marsh. "It's a daily reward to make these connections and we maintain that spirit and those values here at CARTS." Listen Here: 23:09

--2015 MAY 19
Comments
Dave Marsh, General Manager, Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS)

Finding the Zen Zone in San Francisco Transit: A Bus Driver's Perspective

In this edition of the CTPodcast, Driver Doug — trolley bus operator and author — discusses his book, Finding Zen in San Francisco Transit: A Bus Driver's Perspective. With 17 years of experience, Driver Doug shares what it means to be, "packed, stacked and racked" during the morning and evening commutes, and the importance of finding each route's "zen zone." Also, he covers what it takes to be his passenger of the day, the "invisible karmic ledger" and offers some practical advise to transit system management and planners on how to make everyone's trips just a little easier. If you enjoy this podcast, I think you'll really like his book. Listen Here: 24:22

--2015 FEB 5
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Finding the Zen Zone in San Francisco Transit: A Bus Driver's Perspective

Tiffany Chu, Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer, Transitmix

Tiffany Chu, co-founder and chief design officer with Transitmix joins the CTPodcast to discuss the birth of Transitmix — a simple, modern mapping tool for transit planners, professionals and advocates. Emanating from a project at Code for America, Transitmix is an easy-to-use, visual transit planning platform that, according to Chu, "democratizes the transit planning process." Chu sees Transitmix as an important step in giving transit a larger voice in the technology sector, as well as giving technology a larger voice in the transit industry. Finally, we discuss the transformative role of the now-arriving wave of big data in transit. Listen Here: (16:29)

--2015 JAN 21
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Tiffany Chu, Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer, Transitmix

Transit Labs CEO Dag Gogue on Embracing Data, Analytics and Performance

Dag Gogue and Farhan Daredia of Transit Labs join the CT Podcast to talk big data, analytics and the most recent edition of DigitalCT magazine — which included 25 pages of data infographics. According to Gogue, community and public transit need to embrace data's positive influence on measuring outcomes, understanding trends and improving efficiency. "Data is a tool that can help make transit's case here in Washington, or at state legislatures," he notes, during the discussion. Listen Here: 25:17

--2014 DEC 23
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Transit Labs CEO Dag Gogue on Embracing Data, Analytics and Performance

Transit and the 2014 Elections with CFTE's Ashley Robbins

Ashley Robbins of the Center for Transportation Excellence joins Scott to break down how transit fared in the 2014 elections. We cover the the big wins and disappointments and analyze the key takeaways leading into 2015 and 2016. Listen Here (17:01)

--2014 NOV 11
Comments
Transit and the 2014 Elections with CFTE's Ashley Robbins

Jarrett Walker, public transit author, blogger and consultant

Jarrett Walker -- transit author, blogger and consultant--becomes the first recurring guest on the CTPodcast. Walker discusses the changing nature of the work trip in public transit, particularly as it relates to service design, noting: "the way you plan for transit to work is the way you plan for everyday trips... work trips should not be an isolated service." Key topics covered in this discussion include high-frequency service, low-income workers and common-sense system design and redesign. Listen Here (21:03)

--2014 NOV 6
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Jarrett Walker, public transit author, blogger and consultant

Pat Branson, Mayor, Kodiak, Alaska

Mayor Pat Branson of Kodiak, Alaska joins the CTPodcast to discuss transit in Kodiak — the nation's second largest island — as well as across Alaska. From the community-based operation in Kodiak to ferry connections on Alaska's Marine Highway (a 13-hour one-way trip to Homer, Alaska), to the use of planes, snowmobiles, trains and more across the last frontier, Branson knows the difference between rural and remote. "Transit is a vital piece of our economic engine," says Branson. Listen Here (23:34)

--2014 OCT 15
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Pat Branson, Mayor, Kodiak, Alaska

Small Urban Transit Legends Les White and Hugh Mose

Les White and Hugh Mose both recently retired from transit management after lengthy stints at Santa Cruz (Calif.) Metro and Centre Area Transportation Authority (State College, Pa.), respectively. Prior to that, the list of small cities in which they led transit agencies covers Kalamazoo, Mich., Vancouver, Wash., Fort Wayne, Ind., Iowa City, Iowa, Fresno, Calif., and Olympia, Wash. Here, Les and Hugh talk about what they learned along the way, and how each system and community was unique. They highlight what real transit leadership looks like, how things have changed and why they loved leading small city transit operations. Listen Here: 32:34

--2014 SEP 25
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Small Urban Transit Legends Les White and Hugh Mose
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