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Author: Paul Barter

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The Reinventing Transport show is for anyone, in any country, pushing for local changes to urban mobility, especially if you want your city to be more socially just, sustainable, safe, productive, full of great places and much better at helping us all to flourish.

Intro and outro music: "So Far So Close" by Jahzzar via http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jahzzar/Tumbling_Dishes_Like_Old-Mans_Wishes/So_Far_So_Close
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Metro Manila depends on informal, lightly-regulated public transport which now faces a catastrophe as a result of this pandemic. The Mobility Coalition, an alliance of eight Metro Manila transport advocacy groups, has ideas on what to do.  Paul Barter spoke with Robie Siy who is active in the Mobility Coalition and who writes the weekly Mobility Matters column for the Manila Times.  Learn more and read the full show notes here.  Support Reinventing Transport on Patreon. Follow Paul Barter on Twitter.
Cities need bus improvement champions - 'heavyweights' even.  For Reinventing Transport this time around I discussed bus improvements with public transport planning veteran Colin Brader of ITP.   Colin has worked on numerous public transport projects around the world and is one of the authors of the 2019 EBRD report, "Driving change: reforming urban bus services". Learn more and read the full show notes here.  Support Reinventing Transport on Patreon. Follow Paul Barter on Twitter.
Where in the world is urban growth mainly outward onto new land? Where is it mostly upward in the form of taller buildings?  These questions (and others) are tackled in a unique way by the important World Resources Institute (WRI) working paper, “Upward and Outward Growth: Managing Urban Expansion for More Equitable Cities in the Global South”.  I spoke with co-author, Anjali Mahendra about the paper and why transport folks like you and me should pay attention. The result of our conversation is Reinventing Transport episode #17.  Learn more and read the full show notes here Support Reinventing Transport on Patreon Follow Paul Barter on Twitter
If you care about promoting public transport, you need to understand the key choices about organising and regulating it. They shape the industry and they really matter. This edition shares the key alternatives and gives a sense of what's at stake. The focus is buses but most of the ideas also apply more widely. Learn more and read the full show notes here. Support Reinventing Transport on Patreon. Follow Paul Barter on Twitter.
Minimum parking requirements are under siege and that is a very good thing.  This episode examines parking minimums and the pushes in many cities to abolish them. It does so with the help of excerpts from my other site and podcast, Reinventing Parking. Learn more and read the full show notes here. Support Reinventing Transport on Patreon. Follow Paul Barter on Twitter.
Yoga Adiwinarto of ITDP Indonesia wants you to know that Jakarta's urban transport situation is not hopeless. There is progress and even a useful lesson or two for other large cities in middle-income countries. Paul and Yoga discussed urban transport in Jakarta for Reinventing Transport episode #14.  Learn more and read the full show notes here. Support Reinventing Transport on Patreon. Follow Paul Barter on Twitter.
Reinventing Transport #13 is an explainer for the idea that public transport networks can often be improved at low cost by being simplified. Your long waiting times for buses might be because there are too many bus lines!  Learn more and read the full show notes here. Support Reinventing Transport on Patreon. Follow Paul Barter on Twitter.
Stefan Bakker sees a big future for electric vehicles with two wheels. They get less attention than electric cars or electric buses but two-wheeled electric vehicles are increasing faster and are making more of a difference already. This is Reinventing Transport #12.  Learn more and read the full show notes here. Support Reinventing Transport on Patreon. Follow Paul Barter on Twitter.
Could we end the era of mass car ownership without a huge fight and without draconian policies. That's the focus of Reinventing Transport #11. It is also a tribute to Chris Bradshaw who passed away in November 2018.  Learn more and read the full show notes here. Support Reinventing Transport on Patreon. Follow Paul Barter on Twitter.
This encouraging episode looks at how the car-dependent metropolis of Auckland in New Zealand has been changing course since 2003 or so. It's part of my December 2018 discussion with Matt Lowrie and Patrick Reynolds of the Greater Auckland blog. Learn more and read the full show notes here. Support Reinventing Transport on Patreon. Follow Paul Barter on Twitter.
I interviewed Patrick Reynolds and Matt Lowrie, two of the bloggers on the Greater Auckland blog in New Zealand’s largest city. It was a wide ranging conversation which will eventually become two Reinventing Transport episodes and one Reinventing Parking episode.  Auckland is a striking example of a rather car dependent city that has actually been changing some of its key trends and taking some remarkable steps towards becoming a different kind of city in which other transport options are steadily improving. This episode focuses on the Greater Auckland blog itself and its role in Auckland’s transport (and planning) policy conversations and debates. It has been amazingly effective and influential. There are lessons for transport activists anywhere.
Parking is the focus of Episode 8 of Reinventing Transport.  Highlights include how most cities plan parking like they plan toilets, and why that is a bad idea. Also, why on-street parking is actually not a public good. I discuss Adaptive Parking, a set of ideas for getting urban success (and parking success) but avoiding the harmful effects of parking excess.  Learn more and read the full show notes here. Support Reinventing Transport on Patreon. Follow Paul Barter on Twitter.    
This solo episode with Paul Barter offers perspective on cities and their transport systems, with the help of city types based on transport modes, such as Walking Cities, Transit Cities, Bus Cities, Motorcycle Cities and Car Cities. It's imperfect but useful, especially if we add the idea of a Traffic Saturated City, not to be confused with a Car City. Find out more at: https://www.reinventingtransport.org/2018/10/city-transport-types.html 
Margarita Parra and Paul Barter discussed lessons from her 8 years directing the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation grant-making aimed at reducing transportation-related air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Show notes at https://www.reinventingtransport.org/2018/09/reducing-transport-emissions-lessons.html
Carlos Felipe Pardo and Paul Barter discussed the intriguing and neglected idea of "slowness" in urban transport. Detailed shownotes are at: https://www.reinventingtransport.org/2018/08/slowness.html
Singapore's urban transport is a well known success. But, in this episode, Paul Barter shares a warts-and-all version of Singapore's transport history, including surprising twists, little known mistakes and some neglected successes. Shownotes are at https://www.reinventingtransport.org/2018/08/singapore-story.html
Interview with the energetic Todd Litman, founder and Executive Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI), who explained some key problems with conventional urban transport planning and why we need multi-modal urban transport planning. Check out the show notes at https://www.reinventingtransport.org/2018/07/todd-litman.html
Episode 2 of the Reinventing Transport podcast features Shreya Gadepalli of ITDP India discussing Complete Street plans (or street space reallocation) in India.  Shreya was upbeat about the rapid spread of efforts to reallocate street space in India.  She shared how projects in Chennai and Pune (in particular) are dramatically improving conditions for people on foot, on bicycles and in buses.  Her insights are relevant internationally.  Read the full show notes at https://www.reinventingtransport.org/2018/07/shreya-gadepalli.htm 
Trailer Episode

Trailer Episode

2018-05-1404:23

This is the first episode of the Reinventing Transport show.  It is a short Trailer to let you know what to expect from future episodes, which will start in June 2018.
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