7 Transportation Podcasts and Blogs You Should Know
Transportation planning has a reputation for being a niche topic, but those who do talk about it have a lot to say! There’s no shortage of quality transportation content today, whether you want to be informed, inspired, or entertained. Here are seven transportation podcasts and blogs you should know about whether you’re a hardcore transportation geek or a curious browser looking to know more.
- Blog: Mass Transit Magazine
If you work in the public transportation space or you’re fascinated by all things transit, you’ve probably heard of Mass Transit Magazine. They are one of the biggest sources for public transit industry news, case studies, blogposts on all areas of mass transit. They cover bus, rail, technology, safety and security, alternative mobility, and COVID-19 news. They’re the only publication in the industry that is 100% dedicated to public transportation.
They create digital and print editions of their magazine, as well as e-mail newsletters and social media content.
- Blog: Human Transit
Human Transit is the professional blog of public transit consultant and author Jarett Walker. Jarrett is the president and principal of the consulting firm Jarrett Walker + Associates and the author of the 2011 book Human Transit: How clearer thinking about public transit can enrich our communities and our lives.
Walker is known for his ability to simplify technical transportation concepts and reframe transportation issues in a way that prioritizes the human experience. This blog (and Walker’s book) is for everyone—transit leaders, transit riders, planners, teachers, students, and anyone who is interested in transit.
Prepare to explore questions like: What is quality public transit? Who can realistically expect to be served by it? What kinds of quality matter? How do we recognize and nurture it? What are the goals we want it to achieve, and how do we navigate tough spots where these goals conflict?
- Blog: Bloomberg City Lab
CityLab explores and explains “the most innovative ideas and pressing issues facing today’s global cities and neighborhoods” and it covers topics that range from transportation, environment, equity, life, and design. The publication was formerly known as The Atlantic Cities, and was founded by Richard Florida, an urban theorist and professor who once taught at the Bloustein School. Since 2019, it has been owned by Bloomberg Media. It remains one of the most popular media sources on “all things urban.”
- Podcast: Strong Towns
Strong Towns is an organization that supports thousands of people across the United States and Canada who are advocating for a radically new way of thinking about the way we build our world. The podcast explores how people and citizens can financially strengthen our cities, towns, and neighborhoods and, in the process, make them better places to live. Founder and President Charles Marohn publishes a weekly conversation about how everything from urban design to economics to systems theory to psychology inform the way we experience our neighborhoods.
Talking Headways is a weekly review of top stories at the intersection of sustainable transportation, urban planning, and economic development. It is produced by Streetsblog, a news blog that connects people to information about how to reduce dependence on cars and improve conditions for walking, biking, and transit. They are a popular link for resources on transportation reform and have several off-shoot blogs for news from major metropolitan areas in the US: USA, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, California, Chicago, and Denver.
- Podcast: EJB Talks
Associate Dean of Faculty, Stuart Shapiro, interviews faculty, staff and guest experts from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey about public policy, urban planning, public health, health administration, and informatics.
The Bloustein School is the foremost institution for planning and public policy in New Jersey and in 2019, the planning program was ranked by Planetizen as the 3rd best graduate planning program in the United States. Since 2009, the Bloustein School has been ranked among the top 10 schools in the nation.
This podcast showcases the breadth and depth of expertise that The Bloustein School has access to. Its guests, who are faculty and staff at the school and its research centers, are some of the most prolific writers, professors, research, planners, and thinkers of this age.
- Podcast: Mobility Minute
How could we forget our very own? This podcast is fresh off the press, so to speak, after launching on February 14, 2022. Mobility Minute is Greater Mercer TMA’s bite-sized podcast for people On the Move— it explores some of your most burning questions about transportation and mobility, and some of the ways we can make it easier, safer, and greener to get around New Jersey.
We will be putting out episodes weekly about transportation, planning, sustainability and the environment in Ocean and Mercer County, New Jersey and beyond. We have a star-studded lineup of speakers coming on to talk about planning, air quality, transportation trends, mode access, equity, and transportation reform. Don’t miss out!