Do you have burning questions about transportation in New Jersey? Mobility Minute is a podcast for people On The Move. Join host and transportation planner Justine Recio every week as she and guest speakers talk about transportation, urban planning, and sustainability in Ocean and Mercer County, New Jersey and beyond.
Episode 15: Season Finale
We’re looking back on the highlights of our successful 15-episode run. In this recap, we’ll talk about the concepts we’ve learned, the amazing people we had on our show, and how we can all get involved in making transportation safer, easier, greener, and more human-centric in Mercer and Ocean County. Because this episode is so information-heavy, we’re compiling all the links and resources you need in our blog.
On the Move (GMTMA Blog Post): https://gmtma.org/resources-from-mobility-minute/
Thank you to our guests being so generous with their time and for sharing their expertise and experiences with us. Thank you to you, our dear listeners, for supporting this podcast week after week!
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Episode 14: What is a 15-Minute City?
Today's explainer covers the basics of a 15-minute city concept and talks about the benefits of compact development. This short but sweet episode discusses how building denser, more resource-rich neighborhoods and cities can improve access, economic sustainability, air quality, quality of life, equity, and public health.
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Episode 13: How do we advocate for a more bikeable and walkable region? with Sonia Szczesna
Sonia Szczesna is an urban planner, community activist, avid cyclist, and the Director of Active Transportation at Tri-State Transportation Campaign. She joins us today to talk about bike-ped advocacy, transportation safety, and community activism. We explore different ways to get involved from the hyperlocal level and to the policy level in New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area--- joining community groups, showing up to public meetings, and joining county action teams. She also talks about her work with Circuit Trails for Mercer County and how building more bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure can save lives.
Want to Get Involved? Reach out to one of the groups below:
Episode 12: How do we make public transit more equitable? with Jerome Horne
As one of Mass Transit Magazine's 40 Under 40 in 2020, Transit Center's Jerome Horne is one of the brightest stars in the transit space and the Twitter realm today. He joins us for a long, incredibly insightful talk about public transit and its impact as a tool for equity, healing, and social change. In 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement and the pandemic shed some light on longstanding issues around race, transportation, and equity in our communities. We talk about how we can move forward together to improve in the way we provide service and shape ridership experience, to actively work towards inclusivity in transit leadership, and prioritize providing a sense of dignity and security for people who use public transit.
Jerome also talks about his unique path to planning, how the field of Urban Planning has space for everyone, and how we can inspire each other to make our cities a better place to live in.
CONTACT INFO & RESOURCES
Jerome is @jahorne on Twitter and Instagram. You can also find him on LinkedIn. Visit the Transit Center's website to learn more about their work. (www.transitcenter.org)
Equity in Practice: A Guidebook for Transit Agencies (2021) - https://transitcenter.org/publication/equity-in-practice-a-guidebook-for-transit-agencies/
Transit Equity Dashboard (New!) - https://dashboard.transitcenter.org/
Episode 11: How do we apply traffic demand management (TDM) in our neighborhoods? with Justin Schor
How do we maximize traveler choices in our neighborhoods, especially suburban and semi-urban communities? Do high-density developments cause traffic congestion? How do we reduce car trips and empower people to walk, bike, and take transit locally? We talk to Justin Schor of Wells and Associates (DC) Justin Schor is the co-head of Wells + Associates’ Transportation Demand Management practice about real-life applications of transportation demand management (TDM).
Find out more about Justin Schor from Wells + Associates website.
Get the book, Building a Multimodal Future: A Book for Everyone Who Works with TDM Policies.
Episode 10: What is TDM?
What comes to mind when you think of solutions to traffic congestion? Underground tunnels? High-speed pod transportation? Elon Musk? The real solutions are simpler, less costly, more environmentally-friendly, and much more effective than that. 😊🌱🎙
In a world plagued by 'soul-crushing' traffic congestion, our quality of life can be vastly improved by finding alternatives to getting around by car. Our episode today explores the vast range of transportation demand management strategies, and talks about how everyone benefits from a TDM approach.