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We're honored to welcome U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth to the podcast to discuss a bipartisan bill she recently introduced, the All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act of 2021. The ASAP Act would establish a federal grant program to support legacy transit and commuter rail authorities to upgrade existing stations to meet or exceed accessibilit…
 
Pete Buttigieg appeared before Congress today for an overwhelmingly positive nomination hearing, where he garnered wide bipartisan support. In this episode, Greg Rogers, Greg Rodriguez, and Pete Gould provide a rapid recap and analysis of the hearing, and a discussion of the political appointees who have been announced so far. And for newcomers to …
 
Buckle up! We kicked off this year with an engaging hour-long discussion of transportation policy with Beth Osborne, Director of Transportation for America. We discuss a huge range of topics, including:-How Secretary Pete Buttigieg's USDOT could improve transportation decision-making;-Beth's recommendations for writing an impactful surface transpor…
 
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania DOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian has worked to ensure that the state's transportation infrastructure keeps frontline workers moving while connecting people with essentials. Greg, Greg, and Pete caught up with Secretary Gramian at the end of 2020 to discuss how to carry forward all of the year's lessons fo…
 
President-elect Biden ran on a platform that promised bold action on climate change, including major investments in sustainable transportation. In this episode, Pete and the Gregs Rodriguez and Rogers discuss how the Biden-Harris Administration could take to reduce transportation emissions and explore ideas for improving transportation decision-mak…
 
Henry Greenidge joins Pete Gould and Greg Rogers for an enlightening discussion about how to advance equity in not only transportation policy and planning, but also the technologies and services that will define the future of mobility. We discuss whether transportation network companies (TNCs) have been a net benefit for equity, the intersection be…
 
#069: Kyle Rowe, SpinA few years ago, Kyle Rowe helped to write the the first dockless bikeshare framework in the U.S. when he was at the Seattle Department of Transportation. As the Global Head of Government Partnerships at Spin, today Kyle works with the public sector on continuing to bring micromobility services to the public. In this episode - …
 
Dr. Richard Ezike of the Urban Institute joined us for a deep-dive into transportation equity, the impacts of COVID-19 on personal mobility, and how social distancing measures have contributed to greater public participation in local decision-making for some communities.Resources mentioned in this episode:Four Ways to Equitably Manage Public Transi…
 
After a short hiatus, we return the first episode with just our co-hosts - Greg Rogers, Greg Rodriguez, and Pete Gould - in over a year. We caught up to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the transportation sector and why the question is not what will happen after the pandemic is overcome - but what *must* happen to get people back to work safely a…
 
How can big data change the way we plan? Can that data be collected and used without violating privacy and consumer trust? And what is the Bradley Cooper problem? Laura Schewel, Founder and CEO of Streetlight Data, joined SAFE Greg, Stantec Greg, and Shared Mobility Pete to dig into these questions and more at the 2020 Transportation Research Board…
 
This month, NHTSA approved the first-ever exemption of a fully autonomous vehicle from three specific federal motor vehicle safety standards that were clearly unnecessary for a driverless vehicle carrying goods (windshields, mirrors, and rear-facing cameras). David Estrada, Chief Legal and Policy Officer at Nuro, to talk about how the company navig…
 
Jason Hanlin and Nathaniel Horadam from The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) joined SAFE Greg and Pete at the 2020 TRB Annual Meeting for a wide-ranging discussion around buses and technology. In this episode we explored:-The rapid growth of bus electrification across the country-Why electric school buses are having their moment-…
 
In our first recording with a live (and sometimes lively) studio audience, Sabrina Sussman from Zipcar at Transportation Camp DC 2020. Sabrina joined us for a discussion of how Zipcar, which is now celebrating its 20th anniversary, is bridging specific gaps in transportation and giving people an option beyond owning a car. Afterwards, we jumped int…
 
What is a bomb cyclone? What is it like to track extreme weather? And how does this all play into transportation infrastructure and resilience? Matthew Cappucci from Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang joined Stantec Greg (Rodriguez) and SAFE Greg (Rogers) in October 2019 to answer these questions and more,Follow Matthew Cappucci on Twitter: htt…
 
The explosive growth of micromobility platforms has largely been enabled by Segway-Ninebot, which produce many of the shared electric scooters seen in cities today. At SAE’s Innovation in Mobility conference, Greg Rogers (SAFE Greg) sat down with Tony Ho, Vice President of Global Business Development for Segway-Ninebot, for a discussion of all thin…
 
Jan Hellåker is the Chairman of Drive Sweden, an organization established by the Swedish government to advance technological solutions that will enable sustainable mobility. Through working with industry and the Swedish government, Drive Sweden hopes to accelerate the movement towards vehicle autonomy, connectivity, and sharing – as well as mobilit…
 
Suburbia is not doomed, suggests Ellen Dunham-Jones – it’s just waiting to be redesigned, reimagined, and regreened to address the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century. Ellen is a Professor at Georgia Tech in the School of Architecture and Director of the MS in Urban Design, where she researches suburban redesigns and interacts with loc…
 
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has played a vital role in setting standards in the automotive and aerospace sectors. Now, in light of the rapid growth of the micromobility sector, SAE is working to develop standards for micromobility – and it all starts by creating a baseline of understanding by defining the different micromobility devic…
 
How can we use technology to actually improve people's lives and make better use of our roads? Joanna Pinkerton, President & CEO of the Central Ohio Transportation Authority (COTA), joined Greg Rogers of SAFE at SAE's Innovations in Mobility conference in Michigan to explore these questions. In this wide-ranging interview, we discussed:-COTA's part…
 
In recent years, the mobility space has been flooded with conferences chock-full of buzzwords and “thought leaders” – but SAE has launched a new conference, Innovations in Mobility, that they say will do something different. By bringing together the technical experts who are actually working on promising transportation technologies with the visiona…
 
Electric buses have emerged as one of the hottest topics in U.S. transportation policy, with transit agencies across the country increasingly looking to electrification as an opportunity to increase the efficiency of their fleets while lowering operating costs. Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra, joined Greg, Greg, and Pete for a wide-ranging discussion …
 
We welcomed the Association of American Railroads (AAR) back on the podcast to talk about how the freight railroad industry is integrating new technologies to increase safety and efficiency. Adrian Arnakis, SVP of Government Affairs and Ted Greener, Executive Director of Public Affairs, shared their thoughts on how tech companies can help to increa…
 
In our final recording from AVS 2019 we were joined once again by Avery Ash, Head of Autonomous Mobility at INRIX, to talk about the expansion of INRIX’s Road Rules Platform in July. Last year, INRIX debuted its AV Road Rules solution to help cities with cataloging, validating, and managing traffic rules for AVs on public roads. Their latest expans…
 
How do drivers react to ADAS features in their vehicles today? How many drivers know the limitations of technologies that are supposedly as simple as blind spot warnings in their vehicles? SAFE Greg and Pete explored these questions at AVS 2019 with Dr. David Yang, Executive Director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The AAA Foundation for …
 
At AVS 2019, Greg Rogers and Pete Gould caught up with Kelly Nantel from National Safety Council (NSC) about the latest activities of the Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE) and other traffic safety issues. Kelly explains the genesis of PAVE, its four main areas of activities, and how public education can help accelerate the adoption of…
 
Will there be a Napster of Mobility? SAFE Greg and Pete met up with Grayson Brulte (Brulte & Co.) and Mike Scrudato (Munich Re) at AVS 2019 to discuss the importance of brand trust for the adoption of AVs. In this episode we discuss the importance of branding for new technologies and Munich Re's new product, AVerified, which is meant to build trust…
 
In this episode, we took a step back from AV policy in the U.S. to explore how the transport authorities in Singapore and Australia are approaching AVs. SAFE Greg and Pete were joined by experts from each country: Chris Leck Deputy Group Director, Technology & Industry Development Group at the Land Transport Authority of Singapore, and Marcus Burke…
 
#048: “Acceptance of what?” - Dr. Jack Stilgoe, University College London (at AVS 2019)What’s better: public acceptance or public acceptability? Pete and SAFE Greg sat down to ponder AVs, PAVE, and public perception with Dr. Jack Stilgoe, Associate Professor at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London. We discus…
 
Dr. Johanna Zmud is the Senior Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, where she focuses on the social influence of technology. She heads up TTI's multimodal planning division. where her research focuses on changing technology, technological development, and public policymaking. Follow Dr. Zmud's work on LinkedIn: https://www.…
 
Why is Florida a hotbed for AV testing? Florida Sen. Jeff Brandes and Chris Emmanuel from the Florida Chamber of Commerce joined SAFE Greg and Pete to talk about how The Sunshine State has set itself apart as a hub for AV testing, Florida's recently-enacted AV bill (HB 311), and the future of AVs in Florida.Find Jeff on Twitter: @JeffreyBrandes And…
 
The U.S. Department of Transportation is playing an active role in facilitating the safe and expeditious deployment of automated vehicle technologies across all modes of transportation. Greg Rogers and Pete Gould sat down with Finch Fulton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation Policy at USDOT, for an in-depth discussion of the Administratio…
 
Greg Rogers sat down with Chris Urmson, CEO and Co-Founder of Aurora, at AVS 2019 for a wide-ranging discussion on the evolution of the AV industry, the importance of public education, and the regulatory landscape for AVs. Chris Urmson has been involved in automated vehicles since the DARPA Grand Challenges and Urban Challenges in the 2000s that bi…
 
The Mobility Podcast is at the 2019 Automated Vehicle Symposium in Orlando this week to meet and interview experts and policymakers across the AV sector. We kick off the week in an interview with Jane Lappin, Chair of AVS and Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs at Toyota Research Institute, and Mike Greeson, Director of Business Developm…
 
BB&K Greg and Pete sat down with Amy Ford, Director of the Mobility On Demand Alliance (MOD Alliance) for ITS America, to discuss how the initiative will work across the public and private sectors to facilitate the integration of seamless mobility applications.Learn more about the MOD Alliance here: https://www.modalliance.org/Follow the MOD Allian…
 
In this era of new mobility, it is critical for gender parity to take a front seat. Maggie Walsh, Vice President at HDR and Chair of the Board for WTS, and Jane Lappin, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Toyota Research Institute (TRI), join SAFE Greg and Pete on the podcast for a wide-ranging discussion around women in the transp…
 
ITS America's Smart Infrastructure Task Force has developed a proposal for the next surface transportation reauthorization that is built around a key theme: "Moving People, Data, and Freight: Safer, Greener, Smarter." Pete and SAFE Greg sat down with John Barton, Senior Vice President and DOT Market Sector Leader for HNTB, and Ron Thaniel, VP of Le…
 
TuSimple recently made national headlines for conducting a 2-week pilot program with the U.S. Postal Service to help transport some of the nation's mail. We sat down with our friend Rob Brown, Director of Government Affairs for TuSimple, to discuss all things autonomous trucks: where, how, when, and why.The Mobility Podcast will continue to be at I…
 
School might be out for summer, but transportation policy keeps on truckin' (sorry). Our friend Shailen Bhatt returned to the podcast for an exciting preview of ITS America's Annual Meeting from June 4-7 in Washington, DC. This year's theme is "Intelligent Transportation: Safer, Greener, Smarter," with a fantastic lineup of speakers from the public…
 
Curbs are, by nature, often overlooked. Coord, a curb data platform backed by Sidewalk Labs, has been working to reverse this trend and help to maximize “curb productivity” in order to help improve the safety and efficiency of urban transportation. In this episode, BB&K Greg and SAFE Greg catch up with Stephen Smyth, CEO of Coord, to discuss their …
 
On May 7th, SAFE Greg and Pete joined the Association of American Railroads (AAR) at RailxTech on Capitol Hill for our first live recording, featuring an esteemed panel of experts to discuss emerging transportation technologies and the future of freight.The discussion honed in on the rapid innovation occurring across the transportation sector, the …
 
Road trip! SAFE Greg, BB&K Greg, and Pete drove up to King of Prussia, PA to speak with Secretary Leslie Richards, the visionary leader of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). In this wide-ranging conversation, we discussed: -Pennsylvania’s Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force-Micromobility in Pennsylvania-Sec. Richards’ initiat…
 
Many of the conversations around Uber and Lyft skip over the most important part of these services: the drivers. Pete and SAFE Greg caught up with Harry Campbell, the founder and owner of The Rideshare Guy website and podcast, to chat about the driver experience, autonomous vehicles, and his new book, “The Rideshare Guide: Everything You Need to Kn…
 
What is MaaS, and how do we get there? And what do walled gardens have to do with the future of transportation?David Zipper, Resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, joins SAFE Greg and BB&K Greg for an exploration of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) that cuts through the buzzwords in search of the true meaning and purpose of MaaS. David's articles…
 
As we head into the 116th Congress, SAFE Greg, Pete, and BB&K Greg do a short postmortem review of AV START/SELF DRIVE, discuss the latest AV happenings at USDOT, and ponder the prospects for AV legislation this year.As always, you can keep up with the Mobility Podcast guys on Twitter: @MobilityPodcast, @AVGregR, @SharedMobilityS, @SmarterTranspo.…
 
SAFE Greg, BB&K Greg, and Pete kick off the year discussing the launch of the Partnership for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE) at CES, Ford's announcement that it will go with C-V2X instead of DSRC, our infrastructure wish list for this Congress, and all the fun we're about to have at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting and Tra…
 
Communities thrive and prosper when people are able to access job opportunities, education, and each other – which is why former Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called transportation infrastructure “the connective tissue of the United States.” In this episode we sat down with Malcom Glenn, Head of Global Policy, Accessibility, and Underserved…
 
After more than a century of building "traditional" automobiles, Ford Motor Company is now exploring new forms of mobility including autonomous vehicles, e-scooters, and bikes. On December 14th, Greg Rogers ("SAFE Greg") went down to Miami to ride in the AVs being developed by Ford and Argo AI, and to learn about Ford's strategy for deploying auton…
 
What is ITS today? In this episode we sat down with Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO of ITS America, to discuss connected vehicles, public/private collaboration on lifesaving technology, and issues pertaining to state/local transportation technologies.Guest: Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO, ITS AmericaFollow Hilary’s work on Twitter at: @Bhattman_…
 
This week Pete and SAFE Greg were joined by Hilary Cain from Toyota to discuss AV 3.0 and AV START, as well as Toyota’s development of two automation systems for its vehicles: Guardian and Chauffeur. We realize that no one has all of the answers about AVs, but we did find the answer to one equally important question: which Frozen character will Pet…
 
On October 4, the U.S. Department of Transportation released the third iteration of the federal government’s regulatory guidance for automated vehicles, titled AV 3.0. The two Gregs and Pete dive into how Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s mission of having “One USDOT” approach to automation policies in transportation will impact the growth of …
 
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