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Here to There
61 minutes | 4 years ago
Here to There - Episode 10 (Aspiration)
In our final episode of Here to There, we say goodbye to Season One by commuting with policymakers including retired Met Council Chair Adam Duininck, State Senator Scott Dibble, and MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. Each talks about his role and perspective on how we continue to move Minnesota forward to be the progressive state we aspire to be.
45 minutes | 4 years ago
Here to There - Episode 9 (Equity)
Transportation investments, infrastructure, and services have for many decades disproportionately benefited affluent white communities and harmed low-income communities and, relatedly, communities of colors. The results of these inequities on the health and wealth of these communities and their residents have been broad and enduring. In this episode, we ride along with Ibrahim and Zac as they commute from the Midtown Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis to the Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee. Back in the studio, we're joined by Ravi Norman to discuss his perspective and work to revitalize North Minneapolis and far beyond.
46 minutes | 4 years ago
Here to There - Episode 8 (Accessibility)
For millions of Minnesotans with disabilities, lack of access to affordable, reliable, and convenient transportation options also means lack of access to jobs, education, healthcare, social services, recreation, friends and family, and community activities. As such, Minnesotans with disabilities face disproportionately high levels of unemployment, poverty, homelessness, institutionalization, and isolation. So, too, do we all miss out on meaningful relationships with and contributions by these members of our community. In this episode, we become the commuters and take an Accessibility Walk through Highland Park with disability advocate Kjensmo Walker. Back in the studio, we speak with Joan Willshire, Executive Director of the Minnesota Council on Disability, about the policies and technologies that can broaden opportunities for people with disabilities.
34 minutes | 4 years ago
Here to There - Episode 7 (Social Cohesion)
The ability and willingness of a society or a community to help one another thrive, also known as social cohesion, has an inextricable link to transportation and the ways we get from here to there. In this episode we get two unique perspectives on social cohesion, first from individuals with disabilities that use a circulator bus to get around West St. Paul and then from the manager of Homeless and Highly Mobile Student Services at Minneapolis Public Schools. Join the ride and hear how accessible, reliable, affordable transportation options make a huge difference in how we interact with the community around us.
30 minutes | 4 years ago
Here to There - Episode 6 (Flexibility)
Both transportation users and providers benefit from flexible solutions that adapt to changing needs and aren't limited to specific geographies. Car-sharing is one of the biggest examples of an industry that's booming in transportation. Whether sharing your own vehicle as an on-demand driver (think Uber, Lyft), or short-term renting one to get you from here to there, there are dramatic shifts that are bringing new flexibility to drivers, users, and communities. In this episode, we travel with a former Car2Go user and then talk to a thought leader in disruptive transportation systems and technologies.
39 minutes | 4 years ago
Here to There - Episode 5 (Employment)
There are over 5 million professional drivers (which include truck, taxi, school bus, and transit bus) in the United States. New services and technologies like ride-hailing services (Uber, Lyft) and ride-sharing services (Car2Go, ZipCar) are already disrupting traditional labor markets for drivers and emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles stand to further disrupt, if not eliminate, more of these jobs. In this episode, we ride along with a former radio DJ who now drives for Uber. Back in the studio, we talk with a representative from a major employer in the mass transit arena to hear about the ways disruption and adaptation are making their way into the marketplace.
29 minutes | 4 years ago
Here to There - Episode 4 (Livability)
What do we need to not just live but to be truly alive? It's more than just a stable 9-to-5. Quality of life is effected by our ability to safely, affordably, and conveniently access housing, health care, education, recreation, social engagement, and more. In this episode, we ride along with a senior who is among the growing population of 60+ relocating to the urban core because of its livability without the need for a car. Back in the studio, we talk with an aging expert about the opportunities and challenges Minnesota's transportation policies pose for our state's seniors.
33 minutes | 4 years ago
Here to There - Episode 3 (Connectivity)
For those who ride on top of them, highways form a critical network connecting people to places and to each other. For those on top of whom they're built, highways are literal barriers that physically disconnect entire neighborhoods from essential services and surrounding communities. In this episode, we ride along with a long-haul commuter who drives from Chanhassen to St. Paul five days a week. Back in the studio, we talk with a resident of the Rondo neighborhood, St. Paul's largest African-American community that was displaced by Interstate 94 construction.
33 minutes | 4 years ago
Here to There - Episode 2 (Sustainability)
Not only does transportation account for a significant amount of air pollution and greenhouse gasses - it also contributes to land use development, parking lots, and roads that eliminate green space, disrupt wildlife habitats, form heatsinks and channel contaminated run-offs into our lakes, rivers, and streams. In this episode, we ride along with an Electric Vehicle enthusiast, then go back to the studio, where we speak with an expert about projects we could implement in the very near future to create a more sustainable Twin Cities.
37 minutes | 4 years ago
Here To There - Episode 1 (Health)
Our ability to get around - as well as the modes by which we do so - have a major impact on our health. Transportation policy is health policy. It can increase or decrease our ability to get to the doctor or access healthy foods. It can also increase or decrease asthma caused by air pollution, injuries caused by traffic accidents, or adverse health effects from sedentary lifestyles. In this episode, we ride along with two bicycle commuters (Selam and Darius) and then head to the studio where we speak with Vayong Moua, Health Equity Advocacy Director at the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
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