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Thinking Transportation: Engaging Conversations about Transportation Innovations

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Our ability to get from Point A to Point B is something lots of us take for granted. But transporting people and products across town or across the country every day is neither simple nor easy. Join us as we explore the challenges on Thinking Transportation, a podcast about how we get ourselves — and the things we need — from one place to another. Every other week, an expert from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute or other special guest will help us dig deep on a wide range of topics. Find out more: https://tti.tamu.edu/thinking-transportation/

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United States

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Our ability to get from Point A to Point B is something lots of us take for granted. But transporting people and products across town or across the country every day is neither simple nor easy. Join us as we explore the challenges on Thinking Transportation, a podcast about how we get ourselves — and the things we need — from one place to another. Every other week, an expert from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute or other special guest will help us dig deep on a wide range of topics. Find out more: https://tti.tamu.edu/thinking-transportation/

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@TTITAMU

Language:

English

Contact:

979-317-2383


Episodes

Is Public Transit Back to Pre-pandemic Normal? That depends on where you look.

2/22/2024
The transit industry is better equipped to work through a public health crisis than it was before COVID-19. And even as it faces persistent challenges, public transportation continues to play a central role in everyday mobility.

Duration:00:32:22

Crash Data and an Aging Population Raise an Issue: How old is too old to drive?

2/6/2024
Drivers over age 80 are more prone to serious and deadly crashes. As this population segment grows, researchers are working toward fresh countermeasures.

Duration:00:26:04

Behind the Wheel, What We Think and What We Do Can Define Who We Are.

1/23/2024
Attitudes and behaviors related to driving reveal our traffic safety culture. Like other forms of culture, it has a way of changing over time— and not always for the better.

Duration:00:25:40

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How it’s easy to overlook our reliance on GPS.

1/2/2024
With near-magical precision, GPS applications reliably guide multiple functions for us every moment of every day. But as they hold great promise, those applications also face vulnerabilities.

Duration:00:32:58

How to Ensure That US Infrastructure Remains Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts.

12/12/2023
America’s infrastructure was built to last, but it wasn’t built to last forever. The Center for Infrastructure Renewal is focusing on how to ensure the resilience of the collective physical systems that America runs upon.

Duration:00:17:54

Can Imperiled Creatures Survive and Thrive amid Widespread Roadway Construction?

11/28/2023
The well-being of creatures protected under the Endangered Species Act is a high priority for transportation agencies. That’s good for the critters, and for agency operations as well.

Duration:00:39:36

Can Solar Panels in Highway ROW Be the Next Big Step in Renewable Energy?

11/7/2023
In using roadsides for the collection of solar power, can we succeed in achieving both environmental and economic goals? It all depends on how you define “success.”

Duration:00:25:22

We Rank the 2,138 Most Congested Roads in Texas. Is your daily drive on the list?

10/24/2023
Traffic congestion is relative, because what constitutes gridlock depends a lot on where you live. Clearly, though, it’s no longer just a big city problem.

Duration:00:29:23

Revisited--Big and Bright: The view from TxDOT CEO Marc Williams’ Chair.

10/10/2023
As we gather for the 97th Annual Transportation Short Course, we're revisiting our interview with Texas Department of Transportation CEO Marc Williams from approximately one year ago. Despite some Texas-sized mobility challenges and worldwide supply-chain obstacles, the guy in charge of the Texas Department of Transportation wants you to know he’s never been more optimistic about our transportation future.

Duration:00:38:28

Alone in the Crowd: Long-haul truckers fight isolation through satellite connections.

9/26/2023
Thousands of long-haul truck drivers in America share a common and constant challenge of remoteness. They find insight and community through the vast reach of satellite radio.

Duration:00:25:18

When Mobility Needs Are Like Snowflakes: TTI’s outposts focus on singular urban challenges.

9/12/2023
It’s been said that all politics is local. Given the unique nature of major population centers everywhere, the same could be said for transportation.

Duration:00:32:04

Minor Stress Factors Can Cause Major Problems, Even in the Best Driving Conditions

8/29/2023
Obvious pressures when we’re driving on the roadways—like aggressive drivers, stormy weather, and unruly passengers—are widely recognized. But less conspicuous triggers can compromise safety, too.

Duration:00:30:37

Lofty Ambitions Are Fueling the Move Toward Sustainable Transportation

8/15/2023
Decarbonizing the transportation sector—the single-biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions—won’t happen overnight. But the U.S. Department of Energy has a plan.

Duration:00:29:15

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Pedestrian deaths are at a 40-year high.

8/1/2023
The dangers for those who travel on foot have constituted a public health challenge for as long as we’ve had motor vehicles. Why are pedestrian deaths increasing so fast? And what can be done to stem the tide?

Duration:00:30:01

What If? ... How modelers envision the worst to enable the best response.

7/18/2023
Disasters – whether natural or man-made – can cripple transportation systems. Sophisticated modeling can go a long way in minimizing disruptions and restoring routine conditions.

Duration:00:24:06

Is America’s Infrastructure Turning a Corner?

7/6/2023
Two years have passed since America’s last road and bridge report card, and we’ll wait another two years for the next one. An unofficial mid-term grade suggests that conditions are improving.

Duration:00:30:50

The Texas Transportation Hall of Honor: Recognizing vision, passion, and purpose.

6/20/2023
Texas owes its transportation primacy in large part to an elite group of visionary leaders whose contributions merit permanent and meaningful places in the Lone Star State’s history.

Duration:00:26:17

Fewer Motorcycle Safety Coaches, More Unlicensed Riders, More Crashes: Is there a link?

6/6/2023
In recent years, roughly half of the motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes in Texas were unlicensed. Safety advocates are working to enlist more instructors who can help riders develop the safety skills they need.

Duration:00:39:48

Charging Ahead: How the Electrified Mobility Collaborative envisions a radical shift.

5/25/2023
Nearly 300 million vehicles are on American roads today. Nearly all of them run on gasoline or diesel, so a large-scale shift to electric power would be transformative. A new Texas A&M University System venture is working to figure out how that might work.

Duration:00:27:21

For Bernie Wagenblast, both career and life have been all about transition.

5/9/2023
As a transportation journalist, Bernie Wagenblast has been weaving narratives of a professional sort for more than 40 years. As it turns out, one of her most recent stories is more personal.

Duration:00:28:30