The Mobility Podcast
The Mobility Podcast
The podcast about mobility, technology, and people.

A podcast about transportation, technology, and policy.

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#022: The Eternal Rush Hour - Crossover with Jeff Wood, Talking Headways Podcast/The Overhead Wire

July 12, 2018

What does the future of mobility really look like? Is it an eternal rush hour caused by the "Hell" scenario for AVs? Or is it two transportation wonks eating a lot of poutine in Montreal? In our first-ever crossover episode, Greg Rogers catches up with Jeff Wood, the one-man army behind The Overhead Wire and Talking Headways Podcast. Greg and Jeff review Michelin's 2018 Movin'On Conference in Montreal, discuss the state of AV legislation in Congress, and SAFE Greg makes $2 million.

Follow Jeff Wood on Twitter: @TheOverheadWire


#021: Ian Adams and Caleb Watney, R Street Institute

June 23, 2018

Better late than never! On May 23rd, SAFE Greg and BB&K Greg sat down with Ian Adams and Caleb Watney from R Street Institute to discuss the variety of AV policies that states are experimenting with and Ian's appearance at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on AVs and the insurance industry - and then went a little off the rails while mixing metaphors after hours.

Follow Ian and Caleb on Twitter to keep up with their work at R Street: @IAaboutCA and @CalebWatney



#020 - AV Soul Searching- Uber, Tempe, and Driverless Regs in CA

April 2, 2018

Following the tragic death of Elaine Herzberg last month in a collision involving a self-driving Uber, the transportation community is soul-searching about the future of AVs and traffic safety. BB&K Greg, Pete, and SAFE Greg discuss the latest on AV START and compare the Arizona and California AV regulations.

**Additional References**

Docket (Mentioned by BB&K Greg): NHTSA-2018-0009



#019 - Randy Iwasaki, Contra Costa Transportation Authority

March 11, 2018

The nation’s first driverless shuttle pilot program started in California earlier this week, thanks to the efforts of Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA).

At the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting we spoke with Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of Contra Costa Transportation Authority, and Tim Haile and Linsey Willis from his team. Randy is the visionary behind GoMentum Station, a designated USDOT AV Proving Ground that has become a testbed for numerous AV developers.

And keep up with Randy and CCTA/GoMentum Station on Twitter:



#018 - Robin Chase - Shared Mobility Principles (Live @ Urbanism Next)

March 6, 2018

"Infrastructure is destiny,” says Robin Chase, the co-founder of Zipcar, Veniam, and We sat down with Robin at the Urbanism Next conference to discuss her work in drafting the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, the dire need to take action on climate change, and — of course — a good joke.

Keep up with Robin’s work by following her on Twitter @RMChase, and read about the Shared Mobility Principles at



#017 - Dr. Susan Shaheen, UC Berkeley (Live @ Urbanism Next)

March 5, 2018

Dr. Susan Shaheen from UC Berkeley is the leading academic in shared mobility. For two decades she has been at the bleeding edge of research in this field and was a driving force behind the convergence of transportation and technology during this time.

We were thrilled to have Dr. Shaheen join us at Urbanism Next to discuss her latest report, Travel Behavior: Shared Mobility and Transportation Equity, which outlines a framework for ensuring that nobody is left behind amid all of the hype surrounding new mobility.

Read Dr. Shaheen's latest report here:…equity_final.pdf

And follow her on Twitter @SusanShaheen1 to keep up with her work.



#016 - Urbanism Next Sneak Peek with Nico Larco and Becky Steckler, Univ. of Oregon

March 5, 2018

This week we're at Urbanism Next, a conference hosted by the University of Oregon that aspires to break the mold of transportation conferences, which are often filled with people from industry, the public sector, or academia - but rarely all three.

We sat down with the event's co-organizers, Nico Larco and Becky Steckler from the University of Oregon, ahead of the conference to get a sneak peek into what will be discussed across the next few days.

Keep up with Urbanism Next on Twitter throughout the week with #UrbNext2018 and follow @UrbanismNext and @NicoLarco on Twitter.

Stay tuned for our interviews with leaders in the field across the next couple days.


#015 - Todd O'Boyle, LimeBike

February 26, 2018 (Posted March 5, 2018) 

We recently sat down with Todd O’Boyle, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Limebike, to discuss the emergence of dockless bikeshare, shared electric scooters, and the policy challenges they are both confronting. 

Keep up with Todd's work by following him on Twitter @ ttoboyle.


#014: SOTU - State of Transportation and Urbanism 2018

January 29, 2018

Ahead of Trump's State of the Union Address tomorrow, Gregs Rodriguez and Rogers got together to provide their own SOTU - the State of Transportation and Urbanism.

It's packed with all the goodies of 2018: autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, automated buses, TRB vs. CES, and the "Hunger Games" that might be created by Trump's $1T infrastructure bill.

#013: Laura Bliss, CityLab (Live from TRB)

January 12, 2018

Is Columbus living up to the equity promises made in its winning application for the USDOT Smart City Challenge? Why don't trains in the NYC subway arrive on time? And why on earth would people graffiti bar bathrooms in favor of congestion pricing?

BB&K Greg, Eno Greg, and Pete speak with Laura Bliss, a staff writer at CityLab, about all of these pressing questions and more.

Follow Laura Bliss on Twitter @MsLauraBliss and find her latest articles at

Recorded at the 2018 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting.

#012: Austin Brown, UC Davis Policy Institute (Live from TRB)

January 12, 2018

Dr. Austin Brown joins the two Gregs and Pete to discuss his work on the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program, which researches the convergence of vehicle sharing, electrification, and automation. As the Executive Director for the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, Brown and his colleagues work to bridge the gap between scientific researchers and decision-makers.

3 Revolutions website:
Twitter: @DokEnergy

#011: Nico Larco, University of Oregon (Live from TRB)

January 11, 2018

When we adopt new and innovative approaches to mobility, Nico Larco says we should pull back the curtain first. As the Co-Director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative at the University of Oregon, Larco helps public and private entities understand the potential impacts of autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, and ecommerce on cities.

In this wide-ranging discussion, Larco describes how he evaluates these technologies as transportation issues in order to understand their secondary impacts on health, livability, and housing.

#010: Dispatch from Transportation Prom - Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting 2018

January 10, 2018

Coming to you live from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting 2018, the Mobility Podcast crew discusses new trends emerging at TRB this year and reveals the guest interviews that we'll be publishing throughout the week.

#009: Interview with Jessica Nigro, Daimler North America

December 20, 2017

Jessica Nigro, Manager of Outreach & Innovation Policy at Daimler North America, joined the two Gregs and Pete for a light-hearted yet wide-ranging discussion of automated vehicle policy, Daimler's mobility platforms (Moovel and Car2Go), and one burning question: what is supertruck?

#008: On the Road at NLC City Summit 2017 (Part 2) - Mayor Jake Spano of St. Louis Park, Minnesota

November 21, 2017

Autonomous vehicles and buzzy transportation tech might be exciting, but a well-managed city - a truly smart city - knows what matters to its constituents.

In this episode Mayor Jake Spano of St. Louis Park, Minnesota joins BB&K Greg and Eno Greg for a lively discussion about livability, regional collaboration, and the real-world, day-to-day challenges that cities address every day.

Mayor Spano says that citizens understand the true impacts of their local government's decisions and how money is spent. Residents notice when the trash isn't taken out, the snow isn't plowed, or when a pothole isn't fixed - which is why he focuses on the important daily operations of the city while also planning wisely for the future.

**A special thanks to Brittney Kohler and the National League of Cities for inviting us to speak and the opportunity to record these episodes with innovative city leaders.**

#007: On the Road at NLC City Summit 2017 (Part 1) - Conversations with Councilwoman Kathryn Wilemon (Arlington, Texas) and Mayor Patrick Wojahn (College Park, Maryland)

November 19, 2017

Eno Greg and BB&K Greg took the show on the road this week at NLC's City Summit 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. After presenting to city leaders about the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging technologies, we turned the microphone to mayors and city council members to learn about their experiences on the ground.

We first spoke with Council Member Kathryn Wilemon of Arlington, Texas - which used to be known as the largest city in the U.S. without a public transit network until a few years ago. Arlington is now leading the charge in testing automation in transit after it leased two EasyMile driverless shuttles to connect residents and visitors with its thriving entertainment district.

Next we spoke with Mayor Patrick Wojahn of College Park, Maryland about automated vehicles and dockless bikeshare. In addition to being Mayor of College Park, Wojahn is also the Director of Government Relations for the Rails to Trails Conservancy, which is looking at the impact that AVs will have on active transportation - particularly the "heaven and hell" scenarios for AVs.

Stay tuned for part two, featuring a wide-range discussion about mobility, regional collaboration in transit planning, and livability with Mayor Jake Spano of St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

**A special thanks to Brittney Kohler and the National League of Cities for inviting us to speak and the opportunity to record these episodes with innovative city leaders.**