This podcast from ABC Radio National’s Late Night Live a few months ago is a 30 minute nugget of transport and city ideas:
Ignore the thoroughly incorrect title and the first minute or two from the host, previewing the later parts of the program.
The participants throw in lots of things to think about, including:
- The nature of the democracies that led to the public transport nirvanas of Switzerland and Germany
- Political cycles, starting a momentum
- Capacity of road lanes vs rail – the rapid deterioration of road speeds as they get busier
- Congestion on roads is determined by how good the public transport is, and even that better PT results in better roads
- Hobbling of Infrastructure Australia
- Freedom of movement in great PT cities
- Access vs mobility
- Building city centres relies on transport capacity
- Smart phones as personal travel assistants
- Tech driving timetable and operational efficiencies
- Developing world, mixed success
(I confess, I’ve listened to it three times so far.)
- If your interest is Myki and other smartcards, there’s also this hour-long program from April including yours truly.