The goal here still remains the same: we need to try to avoid people going back to their cars, and we need to give them options.
Vice President of BD
and Strategic Alliances,
Episode 68. How COVID Might Change Urban Mobility
John Rossant sits down with Alvaro Ramis, Vice President of BD and Strategic Alliances at Bestmile, to discuss how the COVID-19 crisis will reshape the future of urban mobility. Greg Lindsay and Jonah Bliss also chat about car rental stalwart Hertz going under, Uber trashing thousands of JUMP bikes, Amazon moving into autonomous delivery, and other happenings of the week.
There’s a whole world of need beyond the consumer vehicle… the near term economic cases for electric vehicle adoption lie in that space.
Episode 67. The Emerging Ecosystem of Electric Charging
Greg Lindsay sits down with Henrik Holland, COO of Greenlots, to discuss the burgeoning future of electric charging as EV adoption drives forward. Greg also chats with Jonah Bliss about cities creating open streets, the new face of food delivery (and how some restaurants are rebranding on delivery apps so as not to dissuade more discerning customers — we’re looking at you Chuck E. Cheese), and other happenings of the week.
The streets of London are a limited resource, and we have to use them for best effect.
CEO, Walk21 Foundation
Episode 66. The UK’s Transportation Revolution
Greg Lindsay sits down with Bronwen Thornton, CEO at Walk21 Foundation, to discuss the ways that the UK is investing in revamping its transportation across the country, focusing on walking and cycling, and reducing the demand on public transport during the pandemic. Greg also chats with Jonah Bliss about Elon Musk’s embattled attempt to reopen his California Tesla plant, GM’s canceled e-bike, Uber’s desire to buy Grubhub, and other happenings of the week.
You can’t overcomplicate it, it seems like a newfangled idea, but most cities are well-built for this.
Principal, Street Plans
Episode 65. Open Streets for Cities
Greg Lindsay sits down with Mike Lydon, Principal at Street Plans, to discuss how he helps guide cities as they move to open street space for pedestrians and cyclists. Greg also chats with Jonah Bliss about cities’ open streets initiatives, recent micromobility tie-ups, and other happenings of the week.
DC fast charging is a necessary prerequisite to people considering EVs. […] They have to know you can “fuel up” in a similar way to getting gasoline.
Author & Analyst
Episode 64. Outlook on EV Adoption
Greg Lindsay sits down with John Voelcker, a provider of global auto industry analysis, and Loren McDonald, content marketer and EV analyst, to discuss the rapidly approaching future of electric vehicles across the world. Greg also chats with Jonah Bliss about how the EV ecosystem will fare during and after the coronavirus crisis.
We were able to manage to convince people that this is a greener, cleaner, efficient and convenient mode of transport to hop around [and] explore the city.
Episode 63. Micromobility in the UAE
Greg Lindsay sits down with Dheeraj Bhardwaj, CEO of Arnab Mobility, to discuss how his company is bringing micromobility to the United Arab Emirates. Greg also chats with Jonah Bliss about the plummeting prices of oil, airlines, and used cars, as well as how cities are continuing to react to the ongoing lockdowns.
I think there is a very important factor, and that’s the fact that people will not accept being put in conditions where they cannot comply to social distancing rules.
Director Policy & Projects
Episode 62. Pandemic: Mobility In Cities Adapts To A New Way Of Life.
Greg Lindsay sits down with Ivo Cré, Director Policy and Projects at Polis, to talk about how the pandemic is changing the face of mobility in cities, and how those areas are adapting to this new way of life. Greg also chats with Jonah Bliss to discuss how the world is already thinking about reopening global economies, and how the auto industry is having, and will continue to have, serious financial woes.
If there is a silver lining, it’s everyone has the opportunity to rethink: Okay, once we add service back, how are we going to do it? Maybe this is an opportunity to do a blank slate and rethink where the service should go.
CEO & CoFounder,
Episode 61. How Has Cities’ Mobility Data Changed?
Greg Lindsay sits down with Tiffany Chu, CEO and Co-Founder at Remix, to learn what sorts of trends she’s seeing in cities regarding all facets of mobility. Greg also chats with Jonah Bliss to discuss the coronavirus’ continued effect on the world of mobility.
I think rideshare was probably sort of a petri dish for this virus, and probably a big spreader of it.
Founder & CEO,
The Rideshare Guy
Episode 60. Rideshare Drivers On The Frontlines
Episode 60. Greg Lindsay sits down with Harry Campbell, Founder & CEO of The Rideshare Guy, to get some real insight into how coronavirus is affecting gig economy workers like rideshare drivers and delivery people. Greg also chats with Jonah Bliss again, to discuss the pandemic’s continued effect on the world of mobility.
…they are not panicking or in fear. They’ve got a good plan in place, they’ve reduced service, the public officials that are funding their service are committed to public transit, committed to keeping it going.
Vice President of
Episode 59. Where Is Transit Heading Post-Pandemic?
Episode 59. Greg Lindsay sits down with Paul Comfort, Vice President of Business Development at Trapeze Group, to discuss how transit agencies are pivoting to stay solvent during these troubled coronavirus times. Greg also chats with Jonah Bliss to fill you in on the latest happenings in mobility as the world goes into quarantine.
We’ve never ever lived in a geopolitical and economic landscape that was so distributed and I think that’s where the conversation really begins, it’s not about the rise of one means the decline of the other. […] We all benefit from each other’s rise, each other’s stability.
Managing Partner, FutureMap
Episode 58. The 21st Century: The Asian Century
In this special edition of the CoMotion Podcast, John Rossant sits down with Greg Lindsay to discuss the pandemic and its effect on the world of mobility. Then, John chats with Parag Khanna, global strategy advisor and best-selling author, to talk about how he believes the next century is going to be an Asian century, though not necessarily a Chinese one, and how the coronavirus pandemic will only be a setback to that future, not a death knell.
I think that the software that is used fundamentally to give the underlying functions that cities need, […] needs to be open source. It needs to be available for cities to run themselves, or any number of vendors, so there’s no technology lock-in, and so that innovation can happen unabated.
President & CEO,
Episode 57. Open Source Software For Cities
Greg Lindsay chats with Hugh Martin about how Lacuna helps cities and transportation agencies to better manage the public right-of-way. Lacuna supports an open source software community focused on enabling modern urban mobility, helping cities make use of open source programs so cities and citizens both benefit.
We consider ourselves at PlanetM, as an economic development organization, to be a connector. So we really look at our role to be able to come in and bring the right parties together and create opportunities.
Greg Lindsay chats with Amanda Roraff, PlanetM’s Managing Director, on how Michigan is reshaping itself to be a seedbed for mobility innovation. Once known only for autos, the Wolverine State is hoping to usher in a more equitable, transit-friendly future.
We have a community of more than 600,000 local volunteers that spend hours mapping transit systems, for the sake of opening service in their city.
Chief Growth & Marketing Officer,
Episode 55. Transit Data Aggregation
Greg Lindsay chats with Israel-based Moovit’s Chief Growth & Marketing Officer, Yovav Meydad, about Moovit’s MaaS app and the aggregation of transportation options. Built from volunteer-based mapping, Moovit is one of the hottest, new mobility companies anywhere. By making mobility information more real-time and accessible, it’s aiming to democratize transportation data so the public’s needs can be better served.
We have a community of more than 600,000 local volunteers that spend hours mapping transit systems, for the sake of opening service in their city.
VP Public Affairs and General Counsel,
Rethinking Real Estate
Episode 54. EV Charging Infrastructure
Greg Lindsay chats with Travis Allan, FLO’s Vice-President of Public Affairs and General Counsel, about EV charging infrastructure. FLO is one of the largest charging networks in North America, with over 22,000 charging stations in operation. Building out charging infrastructure is key to fostering confidence in EV owners, and combatting range anxiety.
My interest is in how technology at large is impacting assets, including cars, logistics, food, anything that impacts how people behave, or interact, or eat, or even die, and how that ends up impacting land use and land values.
Rethinking Real Estate
Episode 53. Rethinking Real Estate
Greg Lindsay chats with Dror Poleg, author of Rethinking Real Estate, about the intersection of mobility and real estate. As autonomous vehicles, drones, and delivery bots become better integrated into our daily lives, the face of real estate will begin to change. As technology advances, the value of real estate assets will fluctuate in new and interesting ways.
The vision of Bounce is to make mobility a fundamental right.
Director Of Policy andGovernment Partnerships, Bounce
Episode 52. Could Micromobility Be The Solution To India’s Congestion Woes?
Greg Lindsay chats with Aayushi Jain, Director of Policy and Government Partnerships at Bounce. Bounce is a Bangalore-based startup that operates an electric scooter sharing enterprise. These aren’t your Birds and Limes — these are full mopeds that can cover the first mile/last mile of your multimodal transit trip, or be your main mode of transport to/from work or school. Bounce aims to seriously improve India’s devastating traffic congestion.
What is interesting is the physical data that is not private in any stretch of the imagination, but that is extremely valuable for us, for the cities, for the citizens of the cities because they want better services and better optimization, for mapping companies… You can do a lot of good things with this data without trying to even get close to dealing with private information.
Co-Founder and CEO Nexar
Episode 51. Partnering for a Smarter City
Episode 51. Greg Lindsay chats with Nexar Co-Founder and CEO Eran Shir and RTC Senior Director of Engineering John Peñuelas about how Nexar’s pilot in Las Vegas is a successful example of how the public and private sector can collaborate to increase road safety. Thanks to Nexar’s City Stream, a connected network of smart dash cameras which can identify road hazards, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is able to better understand and manage the city’s traffic, especially around construction zones. Greg, John and Eran chat about the pilot’s expansion and issues surrounding privacy and the advent of autonomous vehicles.
Today it takes so long to schedule and plan, that people don’t dare to change their services more than four times a year, and each of those four changes requires the entire quarter that precedes it. That’s how difficult the problem is and the types of software issues people are facing.
VP Marketing Optibus
Episode 50. A.I. Optimized Fleet Scheduling
Greg Lindsay chats with Roni Floman, the VP of Marketing at Optibus, an Israel-based startup that is using A.I. to build optimized scheduling software for creating the most efficient paths for fixed-route bus services. Greg and Roni dive into how Optibus is working to revolutionize public transit by using advanced computer technology to create better bus schedules to help cities, commuters, and bus drivers to better do their jobs, and get where they’re going. Optibus hopes to use optimization algorithms and A.I. to create new solutions for current scheduling inefficiencies.
The key thing for the UK government is to help the automotive manufacturing sector grow and transition as fast as they can into low and zero emission technology.
Director of Energy, Technology and Innovation
UK Department for Transport
Episode 49. Decarbonizing Transport, UK Style
Greg Lindsay chats with Richard Bruce, Director of Energy, Technology and Innovation at the UK’s Department for Transport, about how all the simultaneous changes happening in the mobility ecosystem can be leveraged to deliver basic environmental improvements. Richard Bruce outlines the UK’s key strategies for the future of urban mobility and highlights the necessity of modernizing the regulatory framework in order to better embrace new modes of transportation.
We believe this solution – working with cities, getting people into a shared mode that is extremely convenient and that actually gets them to where they need to go – is critical to defeating the single-passenger private car.
Head of Public Policy, Via
Episode 48. Big Dreams for Micro-Transit
Greg Lindsay chats with Andrei Greenawalt, Head of Public Policy at Via, about how shared, on-demand micro-transit can get people out of the private vehicle. Andrei explains how Via is working with nearly 100 cities and transit agencies to provide optimized and equitable first/last mile mobility solutions. Greg and Andrei discuss Via’s numerous deployments, from its recently launched shared autonomous on-demand service in Irvine, CA to its partnership with New York City’s yellow school bus fleet.
Cities that have seen success in their referendums have longstanding coalitions organized around transportation and often public transit specifically, whose interest in this issue is separate from a specific campaign. That is the most important hedge cities and communities can make in protecting against the anti-transit forces that are going to come out of the woodwork no matter what.
Technical Advisor, Transportation, Natural Resources Defense Council
Episode 47. What Went Wrong, Nashville?
Greg Lindsay chats with Vanderbilt University’s Executive Director for Mobility, Erin Hafkenschiel and NRDC Transportation Technical Advisor Zak Accuardi, about the Athens of the South’s “Let’s Move Nashville” mass transit plan failure. Erin, Greg and Zak look into the political issues that led voters to reject the local referendum and draw valuable lessons for public officials wishing to overcome anti-transit forces.
The thing we care about most is delivering a really high-quality process that both entrepreneurs can count on and regional transit agencies can depend on.
Program Director,Transit Tech Lab
Episode 46. The Metropolitan Technology Aggregator
Greg Lindsay chats with Natalia Quintero, Transit Tech Lab’s Program Director, about bringing in the most innovative and cutting-edge technology startups to remake New York’s public transit. The Transit Tech Lab is a public-private initiative between the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Partnership for New York City. Natalia Quintero believes in finding innovative software solutions from all over the world, that can be responsive to the public transit needs of all New Yorkers.
In relatively lower density areas, it’s much harder for private micro mobility companies to make money and they may pull out very quickly when they realize it’s not a profitable market. That’s the time cities could consider adopting micromobility solutions as part of the equitable supply for mobility choices, similar to public transit.
Global Solutions Leader for New Mobility, Arcadis
Episode 45. Even-Handed Two-Wheeled Transit
Greg Lindsay chats with Yuan Shi, Global Solution Leader for New Mobility at Arcadis, about working with cities to bring about equitable micromobility first/last mile solutions. From Minneapolis to Paris, Yuan Shi believes local governments should learn from past successes and failures to implement micromobility regulations.
We enable our customers to do what they do best and focus on what we do best: providing the number one fleet orchestration platform that is agnostic in terms of the type of method you’re driving your vehicles (autonomous or human-driven) as well as the manufacturers of the vehicles themselves.
VP Sales, North America, Bestmile
Episode 44. The Agnostic Fleet Maestro
Greg Lindsay chats with Tony Pino, Bestmile’s head of sales for North America, about ways to optimize fleet management. Tony Pino explains why Bestmile’s modular-based fleet orchestration platform can adapt to any driving mode or vehicle brand. Greg and Tony chat about the future of autonomy and how city regulation will come into play.
If governments think they can privatize public infrastructure and public assets without checking in with people before they do it, we have a serious crisis.
Co-Founder, Tech Reset Canada
Episode 43. Data and Its Discontents
Episode 43. Greg Lindsay chats with technologist Bianca Wylie, co-founder of Tech Reset Canada, about Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs project in Toronto and the many ethical questions surrounding urban data collection. Bianca Wylie believes we can’t rely on data and technology to solve hard mobility infrastructure problems and that there are many trade-offs to data collection. Bianca argues cities should not be putting private companies in charge of local governance issues without consulting the public first.
The congestion fee is applied to the people who are working in the region with the highest incomes, are commuting by the highest income-related mode, and who have the best transit alternatives. Nobody is forced to pay the congestion charge, because you can always switch to a transit option.
Senior Fellow for Transportation, Regional Plan Association
Episode 42. Getting Congestion Pricing Right in NYC
Episode 42. Greg Lindsay chats with Rachel Weinberger, Senior Fellow for Transportation at the Regional Plan Association in New York, about congestion pricing in the Big Apple. New York is the first city in the US to adopt the policy and Dr. Rachel Weinberger walks us through the plan’s implementation, revisiting best practices gathered from urban environments like Singapore, London and Stockholm, and explaining why congestion pricing in New York is a progressive tax which can help both alleviate congestion and fund public transit.
Focusing on light weight, flame retardants and safety is really important for energy storage.
Senior Vice President, Covestro
Episode 41. The Materials Revolution Powering New Mobility
Episode 41. John Rossant chats with David Hartmann, Senior Vice President of Growth Ventures at Covestro, about how plastic is powering mobility innovation. Covestro is developing a whole portfolio of materials, including thermoplastic composites, that are stronger and lighter than metal, to help new and existing players in the transportation industry manufacture the best possible products. John and David chat about revolutionizing battery pack design, fueling the micromobility revolution, sustainability and plastic recycling.
We don’t know what transportation technology is going to come, but we do know what kind of city we want. The citizens’ desire for the city has to come first and the technology has to adapt.
Benjamin de la Peña
Chief of Strategy and Innovation, Seattle’s Department of Transportation
Episode 40. When DOTs Meet APIs
Episode 40. Greg Lindsay chats with Benjamin de la Peña, Chief of Strategy and Innovation at Seattle’s Department of Transportation, about how the agency is developing safe and equitable ways to oversee mobility innovation in Seattle. Benjie and his SDOT team are convinced information is the new infrastructure and are finalizing the Transportation Information Infrastructure Plan, an ambitious project to manage the city’s transportation network data. Benjie explains how Seattle was able to improve its bus service and better manage mobility data flow to grow public transit ridership.
In the long term, more and more collaborations are going to emerge in networks around new mobility services.
CEO & Co-Founder, Wunder Mobility
Episode 39. How Hamburg Became the Hotbed of Mobility Startups
Episode 39. Greg Lindsay chats with Sam Baker, co-founder and COO of Wunder Mobility, about managing shared mobility through B2B software technology. Sam Baker believes it is essential to create the right incentive structures for different markets across the world to use innovative transportation services. Greg and Sam talk about the importance of having multiple technology actors come together to deploy an end service that actually works and can efficiently improve the quality of urban life.
The types of mobility systems that can be responsive to family needs are what makes it possible for folks to still want to choose to live in these human scale, walkable environments.
Jenny Larios Berlin
Co-Founder and COO, Optimus Ride
Episode 38. The Future of Autonomy is Boring – Greg Lindsay chats with Ryan Chin and Jenny Larios Berlin
Episode 38. Greg Lindsay chats with Optimus Ride Co-Founders Ryan Chin, CEO and Jenny Larios Berlin, COO. Optimus Ride delivers autonomous shuttle rides in geo-fenced environments and recently launched a new service in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City. Ryan and Jenny want Optimus Ride to be a “neighbourhood autonomous mobility system”, which provides a smooth, almost boring driving experience that is convenient for the community the service operates in.
Until we address the root-cause issues around land use and around how much investment we’re making in public transit, there’s only so much work we can do on the technical side.
National Director of Policy, TransLoc
Episode 37. Filling the Gaps: Microtransit and More – Greg Lindsay chats with TransLoc’s Josh Cohen
Greg Lindsay chats with Josh Cohen, National Director of Policy at TransLoc, about co-creating ways to fill the gaps where fixed route transit is not available. TransLoc works directly with transit agencies and cities to solve mobility challenges in suburban, rural and smaller urban communities. Josh hosts a mobility podcast of his own, The Movement, where he seeks to understand how to engage with communities to bring about a green, equitable and accessible mobility future.
We don’t talk about talent and people driving the mobility revolution. It’s always about the new technology, the patents, the IP, the new business models… But the people are actually going to fuel these new innovations.
Executive Director, Michigan Mobility Institute
Episode 36. Retooling Michigan for the Mobility Revolution – Greg Lindsay chats with Jessica Robinson
Recorded live from the Motor City. Greg Lindsay and Jessica Robinson, cofounder of the Detroit Mobility Lab and Executive Director at the Michigan Mobility Institute, chat about how electrification and automation will impact the mobility workforce. Jessica and her business partner Chris Thomas’s research focuses on the people that will fuel the mobility revolution and seeks to understand how to attract and leverage new talents, software developers especially, through new forms of education
Transportation has now become a conversation about equity, not only in terms of access but also of how we hold people accountable, particularly cars – we’re talking about a machine that is several tons in weight and essentially a weapon that can kill people.
Senator Jessica Ramos
Member of the New York State Senate, District 13
Episode 35. The Straphanger Senator – Greg Lindsay chats with Senator Jessica Ramos
Greg Lindsay chats with New York State Senator Jessica Ramos about the transportation challenges faced by her District 13 constituents. Greg and Senator Ramos chat about transportation equity, ways to increase micromobility use, living up to Vision Zero and MTA governance. Senator Ramos believes funds should be used to fix the city’s ageing subway system rather than to build casinos and wants to put the MTA’s budget in open data form to better understand how the agency is spending its money.
It will take longer than people were initially anticipating to get full autonomy in the city. That’s one of the reasons we’re working on this micro autonomy, because if you can strain it to a campus or to a bike lane and you operate at low speed, and it’s light enough it’s not likely to do serious injury if there’s an accident, then I think that schedule gets accelerated.
Director of City Science Initiative, MIT Media Lab
Episode 34. Live from MUF 2019, Part II – Greg Lindsay chats with Kent Larson
Greg Lindsay sat down with Kent Larson, Director of City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, at the Moscow Urban Forum 2019. Kent and his City Science team are working on developing lightweight autonomous micro-vehicle working prototypes that combine the best attributes of dockless bikes and autonomous ridesharing, without any of the negatives. Kent and his team use interactive tools to build consensus in communities and find bottom-up solutions to urban problems. Kent and Greg chat about the intersection between housing and transportation. Kent’s upcoming masterclass, “A World Without Slums”, will look into how informal transportation, micro-vehicles and drones can provide transit and delivery to slums.
In order to transform safety and unit economics in micromobility, the focus should be on avoiding failure in the first place. It’s about predicting in real time when something is about to fail and taking action to prevent the failure from occurring.
Founder and CEO Superpedestrian
Episode 33. Live from MUF 2019, Part I – Greg Lindsay chats with Assaf Biderman
This conversation between Greg Lindsay and Assaf Biderman, founder and CEO of Superpedestrian and Associate Director of the MIT SENSEable City Lab, was recorded on location at the Moscow Urban Forum 2019. Assaf taught at the Strelka Institute and feels the city of Moscow has become a much more walkable than it was 8 years ago. Assaf and Greg chat about ride sharing in the context of multimodality, how the e-scooter business model can become sustainable and the importance of data infrastructure and for cities to provide their imput.
Adopting the ideology of congestion pricing for the expedience of solving today’s problems may create a lot of other problems down the road when automation kicks in.
Principal Consultant, Bits and Atoms
Episode 32. Driving the Ghost Road – Greg Lindsay chats with Anthony Townsend
Greg Lindsay chats with Bits and Atoms Principal Consultant Anthony Townsend about his upcoming book, “The Ghost Road,” where he deconstructs the myths surrounding autonomous vehicles and analyzes their long-term effects. Anthony Townsend believes it is essential to regulate the business side of automation and that congestion pricing is the “beginning of a slippery slope towards financializing all movement.” Greg and Anthony discuss how the multiple forms of automation will impact our culture and the built environment.
Even with just the middle-mile solution that we’re pursuing, we’ll be able to drive tremendous amounts of efficiency gains throughout the system, which is good for the trucking system, good for shippers and ultimately, good for consumers and society at large.
Co-Founder and CEO, Kodiak Robotics
Episode 31. Smokey and the Robot – Greg Lindsay chats with Don Burnette
Greg Lindsay chats with Don Burnette, co-founder and CEO at Kodiak Robotics. Don Burnette believes trucking will be the first commercially viable application of autonomous vehicle technology and that autonomous trucks can drive much more safety and efficiency to the system. Kodiak Robotics seeks to revolutionize freight transportation with a single network, connected autonomous trucking fleet.
There is still a chance to prove that yes, we can build these platforms and we can orchestrate mobility in our cities. Public companies can do this, they can do it quickly, and they can do it in a very efficient way.
Dr. Henrik Haenecke
Management Board Finances, Digitization and Sales, BVG
Episode 30. True MaaS – Greg Lindsay chats with Dr. Henrik Haenecke
Episode 30. Greg Lindsay chats with Dr. Henrik Haenecke, member of the Management Board for Berlin’s public transport operator, BVG. Dr. Haenecke tells us all about how Jelbi, Berlin’s groundbreaking all-in-one app Mobility as a Service platform came about and how it works. BVG took an incremental approach to implementing this ambitious experiment. The public transportation operator needed to convince private sector mobility providers to join forces and integrate by offering to share customer data, and reconcile with transit weary Berliners through an audacious marketing campaign.
If the transportation is multi-modal, the cities become multi-nodal, with different hubs of density. So it’s no longer an urban core surrounded by suburbs, it’s multiple urbanized densified cores, or nodes, that are linked together
Venture Advisor, MetaProp
Episode 29. From Street to Suite: Where Mobility Meets Real Estate – Greg Lindsay chats with Elie Finegold
Greg Lindsay chats with MetaProp Venture Advisor Elie Finegold about the intersection of multi-modal transportation and real-estate development. Elie is a New Yorker living car-free in Dallas, and has seen the e-scooter boom dramatically increase the number of Dallasites walking in the street. From delivery services to the advent of autonomy, Greg and Elie examine how the mobility revolution will impact the value of real-estate in the near future.
“What if the infrastructure bill was just “fix every sidewalk, and put bus shelters at every bus stop?” I would vote for that candidate!”
Urbanism Editor, Curbed
Episode 28. A Walker in LA – Greg Lindsay chats with Alissa Walker
Greg Lindsay chats with Curbed’s Urbanism Editor Alissa Walker about changing behavior and moving beyond cars. Greg and Alissa take a deep dive into the Los Angeles mobility scene, from walkable urbanism, micromobility options and dedicated bus lanes to congestion pricing and SB 50.
Mobility is only one part of a much more complex system, and while it’s somewhat possible here in a unique way to take an empty stretch of land and build a test system on it, that’s really not practical in terms of how it works in day-to-day life.
Founder and Managing partner, Changeist
Episode 27. Live from Masdar – Greg Lindsay chats with Scott Smith
This conversation between Greg Lindsay and futurist Scott Smith was recorded on location in Masdar City, UAE. Scott and Greg chat about the famous closed-loop zero-carbon city, which Scott refers to as “a fragment of the Gulf future’s 1.0 dream”, and about building the next vision of the future. Scott, Founder and Managing Director of Amsterdam-based consulting group Changeist, talks about how mobility cultures differ from city to city, and highlights the need to think about sustainable transportation as part of a much more complex system.
I have yet to hear of a policy question that can only be answered through individual trip data, and not with thoughtfully aggregated information.
Fellow, Urban and Regional Policy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Episode 26. Standards and Practices – Greg Lindsay chats with David Zipper
Greg Lindsay chats with David Zipper, fellow in the Urban and Regional Policy Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, about integrating public and private modes of transportation into Mobility-as-a-Service platforms, without letting companies create mobility “walled gardens”, or having privacy advocates turn against city-run multi-modal networks.
When I think about the role informally run transportation networks play and how resilient they are in terms of the fact that they operate without subsidies, without additional government funding, I feel very strongly towards the social responsibility we have to look for ways to provide incremental improvement as opposed to massive disruptive change.
Devin de Vries
Co-founder and CEO, WhereIsMyTransport
Episode 25. Mapping the Invisible – Greg Lindsay chats with WhereIsMyTransport CEO Devin de Vries
Greg Lindsay chats with Devin de Vries, co-founder & CEO of WhereIsMyTransport, about improving visibility and accessibility for informally run transportation networks, which cities have traditionally had very little insight into. WhereIsMyTransport is a startup which provides an integrative mobility platform for governments to centralize information from both formal and informal transportation networks. Rather than disrupting informal transport services, WhereIsMyTransport wants to incrementally improve their businesses, making them easier for everyone to use.
Episode 24. The Kiwi Approach to MaaS – Greg Lindsay chats with the NZTA’s Martin McMullan
Greg Lindsay chats with Martin McMullan, Director of the Connected Journey program at the New Zealand Transportation Agency, about the the nuts-and-bolts of Mobility-as-a-Service and public sector innovation. Martin explains how he and his team implemented their own MaaS app in Auckland, NZ, by building a business case off of user feedback, and providing the underpinning digital infrastructure for an integrated service open to both public and private operators, which allows for an unbiased, fair and egalitarian transit system.
Episode 23. How the Mobility Revolution is Reshaping Real Estate Development – John Rossant & Nixon Peabody
John Rossant sits down with Nixon Peabody real estate attorneys Justin Thompson and Garth Bostic to discuss ways in which the fast-changing urban mobility landscape will affect real-estate development in the three decades to come. John, Justin and Garth chat about parking requirements and the need for flexible, “future-proof” design, how regulatory environments and geographic considerations will affect the advent of autonomous vehicles, the impact congestion pricing and urban air mobility will have on land use, and the importance of acting as an intermediary between private actors and city officials to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Episode 22. What Transit Leaders Want – Greg Lindsay chats with Paul Comfort
Greg Lindsay chats with Paul Comfort, Vice President of Business Development at Trapeze Group, which provides the enterprise software that runs public transportation systems all over the world, among other products. The former transit head also hosts a mobility podcast of his own, “Transit Unplugged” where he interviews transportation leaders. Greg and Paul talk about redesigning routes for high frequency service, providing ease of use and ease of access, and gamification and loyalty reward programs, as key ways of increasing public transport ridership. Paul shares his experience as a public transit leader, and talks about his new book, ‘Full Throttle’, which he describes as a self-help book for transportation professionals.
Episode 21. Truly Shared Rides – Greg Lindsay chats with Amir Ghorbani and Ruben Schultz
Greg Lindsay chats with Swoop’s CEO, Amir Ghorbani, and Ruben Schultz, Co-Founder, about mobility as an experience. Swoop is a shared mobility startup focused on large sized vehicles for groups. Greg, Amir and Ruben discuss the evolution of the shared vehicle market.
Episode 20. EV Charging made simple – John Rossant chats with Paul Glenney
CoMotion Founder and Chief Curator John Rossant sits down with Paul Glenney, CEO of Hubject Inc. Hubject is an interoperability platform focused on simplifying EV charging. Hubject works with Charge Port Operators (CPOs) and e-mobility service providers in 26 countries, and has more than 300 business-to-business partners. Hubject operates as a hub, enabling partners to communicate with each other and do business together. John and Paul chat about public charging and ways to accelerate EV adoption in the US and across the world.
Episode 19. Building Urban Mobility From The Blockchain Up – Greg Lindsay chats with Eduardo Javier Muñoz
Greg Lindsay chats with Eduardo Javier Muñoz, CEO of EVshare, about ways to reinvent our mobility ecosystem. EVshare operates a combination of home solar renewables, feeding into electric vehicles and using blockchain as a way of awarding credits and paying out people’s use of mobility. The foundation creates fleets that enable people to move around using less vehicles, in a cheaper and more energy-efficient way. Eduardo views blockchain technology as a “digitalized democratization” of mobility, which allows for a transparent government structure, where people can decide how their money is invested.
Episode 18. Paris: Beyond the Dense Urban Core – John Rossant chats with Alexandra Dublanche
John Rossant chats with Alexandra Dublanche, Vice President of the Paris Region, to discuss how the region is strengthening its public transportation network beyond the dense core of the city. The Paris Region is experimenting with innovative and sustainable new modes of transportation, such as flying water cars on the Seine or shared autonomous vehicles. John and Alexandra compare different cultural mindsets regarding public transportation, and how those can evolve.
Episode 17. The “Patagonia” of Electric Cars – Stephen Baker chats with RJ Scaringe, CEO of Rivian
Stephen Baker and RJ Scaringe, CEO of Rivian sat down at LA CoMotion to discuss how the consumption model for cars will evolve over the next decades. Rivian is a startup aimed at becoming the “Patagonia” of electric cars – a comfortable vehicle encouraging customers to go out and explore the world. The car’s smart battery can learn from its user and adjust to his preferred charging mode in real-time. RJ Scaringe believes that as we move away from an exclusive consumption ownership model for cars, we will adopt more use-case specific modes of consumption.
Episode 16. A planet free of traffic – Greg Lindsay chats with Nat Parker, CEO of moovel North America
Greg Lindsay and Nat Parker, CEO of moovel North America, address the dire after effects “competing empires” of MaaS platforms could have on congestion and discuss moovel’s long term vision for building an open, avant-garde mobility operating system for cities. moovel and BMW are combining their transportation offerings in an effort to build a mobility powerhouse that works as an open network, where competing service providers can offer their solutions as well. Nat Parker makes a case for compensating companies like moovel on measured outcomes of reducing congestion.
Episode 15. LA: a powerhouse of the Mobility Revolution – John Rossant chats with LA Metro’s Joshua Schank
John Rossant sits down with Joshua Schank, Chief Innovation Officer for LA Metro, to talk about LA county’s collective decision to retrofit a car-centric region for public transit. John and Josh discuss how LA’s infrastructure shift compares to older cities in the rest of the world, and why this tremendous undertaking will allow LA to emerge as one of the key global hubs in the mobility revolution. LA Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation collaborates with the private sector and is testing out microtransit projects in selected parts of the city to see which ones work the best. For Joshua Schank, fixing mobility in LA does not solely rely on acquiring new technologies – he believes regulatory policy, such as implementing dedicated bus lanes or charging people who drive in their cars, is what will truly drive the mobility revolution.
Episode 14. Repurposing (some of) LA’s 18.6 million parking places – John Rossant chats with Nik Karalis
Episode 14. John Rossant and Nik Karalis, CEO of Woods Bagot, chat about the implications of the mobility revolution on the built environment. At LA CoMotion, Woods Bagot, the global architectural and design consultancy, will present their fascinating research on the repurposing of parking places in the city of Los Angeles, exploring how a shift in planning could provide dwellings for more than 3 million people. Woods Bagot’s 3D data visualization tool will adjust itself live to different density scenarios for the districts of Inglewood, Downtown and East LA. Angelinos will be invited to share their impressions on the level of change in the built environment that feels comfortable to them, and to own the development process of their city.
Episode 13. Human-Centric Streets – Greg Lindsay chats with Meghan Sahli-Wells and Kome Ajise
How can we frame the conversation around urban mobility in the Southern California region and encourage people to opt for safer, more enjoyable streets at a human scale? Greg Lindsay chats with SCAG Planning & Programs Director Kome Ajise and Meghan Sahli-Wells, Vice Mayor of Culver City. The Southern California Association of Governments is a regional planning agency whose role is to make sure there is alignment in planning across jurisdictions, and that the region’s ambitious sustainability goals get implemented. SCAG’s Go Human program demonstrates how protected bike lanes or safer crosswalks can bring people back to basic forms of human mobility. Greg, Meghan and Kome discuss Culver city’s recent agreements with Bird and Lime and how these first and last mile solutions can encourage people to use public transit.
Episode 12. The Future of Cities is Polycentric – John Rossant chats with Thierry Mallet, CEO of Transdev
John Rossant and Thierry Mallet, Chairman and CEO of Transdev, chat about emerging new mobility options for the cities of tomorrow. These cities will be polycentric and need to be redesigned for humans, not cars – all our basic needs will be fulfilled through micromobilty. John and Thierry discuss the need for local governments to regulate mobility, while remaining open to innovation. Thierry Mallet expands upon some of the integration lessons Transdev has learned in developing their global mobility app in the French city of Mulhouse, or on applying autonomous systems to public transit, such as with thei autonomous lab in Rouen.
Episode 11. Electric, connected & shared: Inventing the car of the future – John Rossant chats with KT Neumann
John Rossant sits down with KT Neumann, In Charge of Mobility for Evelozcity, to discuss the future of cars. The Evelozcity project is all about bringing electric cars to the masses and disrupting car ownership. Evelozcity cars are developed for city use and ride-sharing, with a radical new design and a whole new business model. KT Neumann believes the car of the future will just be a device in a larger ecosystem of mobility, and Evelozcity cars are connected to a blockchain powered marketplace.
Episode 10. Towards a shared autonomous future – Greg Lindsay and Yann Leriche, CEO of Transdev North America
LA CoMotion’s Director of Strategy Greg Lindsay and Yann Leriche, CEO of Transdev North America, chat about how shared autonomous transportation will transform cities. Transdev has a hands-on, experimental approach to inventing the future of mobility. Yann Leriche explains the need to work with cities and develop shared solutions in order to balance out the appeal for autonomous vehicles and the increase in traffic and congestion. Yann and Greg discuss the difference between Europe and the United States in public transit ridership. Transdev is sharing data with transit agencies and developing a global set of alternatives to the private car thanks to Mobility as a Service products.
Episode 9. Electrifying California: the path to green mobility – Greg Lindsay chats with Jill Anderson from Southern California Edison
Greg Lindsay and Jill Anderson, Vice President of Customer Programs & Services for Southern California Edison, chat about ways to reach California’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission targets in practical terms. SoCal Edison’s clean power and electrification pathway strategy will help the state of California reduce gas emissions by 80% by 2050. This will be done by simultaneously working toward a carbon-free grid, electrifying transportation and buildings and through solar panels. Jill Anderson shares her vision for the future of transportation and what this will mean for chargers and charging infrastructure.
Episode 8. New mobility: China as number 1? John Rossant chats with Michael Dunne, CEO of ZoZo Go
John Rossant, LA CoMotion’s Founder and Chief Curator, and Michael Dunne, CEO of ZoZo Go (A Dunne Automotive Company), discuss the industries of ride hailing, electric and autonomous vehicles in China, and how those will play out on a global scale. The Chinese Government has set high ambitions to become leaders in future mobility technologies. John Rossant and Michael Dunne explore political trade tensions between China and the US in the mobility revolution market.
Greg Lindsay and Aric Ohana, Co-Founder of Envoy There, chat about the impact the urban mobility revolution will have on the built environment. Aric Ohana believes providing easily accessible vehicles is the means to disrupting car ownership. This equitable solution will become a new standard of living for the future. Envoy is developing vehicles which can be integrated within the energy management of buildings. What started off as a mobility solution will evolve into an energy management one.
Episode 6. Going multimodal – Greg Lindsay chats with Lyft’s Senior Director of Transportation Policy, Lilly Shoup
In this week’s CoMotion Podcast, Lilly Shoup, Lyft’s Senior Director of Transportation Policy, and our Director of Strategy Greg Lindsay chat about Lyft’s key role in providing mobility solutions for everyone. The scale of the city of Los Angeles lends itself to testing different kinds of dockless mobility, figuring out what works and drawing lessons which can be applied to other cities. Lilly Shoup is a strong supporter of public transportation. She believes Lyft shares cities’ goal of reducing single-occupancy vehicles and stresses the importance of working with public agencies to provide new, sustainable ways for people to get around. Mobility hubs can make seamless mobility available to everyone, including underserved neighborhoods. Lilly and Greg chat about ways of managing the street of the future in real time. Lilly shares her enthusiasm for finding creative ways of organizing streets and puts forward an idea for redesigning streets based on speed, rather than on transportation mode.
Episode 5. Space invaders – Greg Lindsay chats with LADOT General Manager, Seleta Reynolds
Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and Greg Lindsay, LA CoMotion’s Director of Strategy, chat about what the latest comprehensive regulation of dockless vehicles means for the city of Los Angeles. This new policy encourages companies to innovate, as long as they are willing to comply with LADOT’s mobility data specifications and that they express the city’s core values through their technology. It also lays the groundwork for how the city will manage what’s coming next. Seleta Reynolds is a strong advocate for public/private cooperation and believes the city should start acting and thinking more like product companies, and vice versa. She discusses the need to raise the political will to build the right infrastructure in order to create complete streets that benefit everyone, no matter how they travel. LA CoMotion is a great place for companies and messengers to work together on solving real problems though the improvement of public transit.
Episode 4. LA: ground zero of mobility innovation – John Rossant chats with Matt Peterson, CEO of LACI
LA CoMotion’s Founder and Chief Curator, John Rossant, chats with Matt Petersen, CEO of the LA Cleantech Incubator on electrification, startups, the LA New Mobility Challenge — and why Los Angeles is hot, hot, hot when it comes to mobility innovation.
Episode 3. On Track for High-Speed Rail – Greg Lindsay chats with Michelle Boehm, Director, HSR
In this week’s CoMotion Podcast, a discussion between our Director of Strategy Greg Lindsay and Southern California High Speed Rail Authority Director Michelle Boehm. Catch up on the project’s current developments, challenges, and prospects for the state.
Episode 2. Mapping the Mobility Revolution – Greg Lindsay chats with CityFi’s Gabe Klein
LA CoMotion’s Director of Strategy, Greg Lindsay chats with Gabe Klein, Founder of CityFi. A comprehensive look at disruptive mobility and how it will impact our future.
Episode 1. Mapping the Mobility Revolution – Greg Lindsay chats with CityFi’s Gabe Klein
Deep dive into the world of LEVs with LA CoMotion’s Founder and Chief Curator, John Rossant and Terenig Topjian, founder of haveago.city.