My guest is Erik Landfried.
Erik is a transportation expert and urban planner from the mean streets of Beantown Boston, Massachusetts. He developed an affinity for maps and geography at a young age, always paying close attention to his surroundings as he traveled around his hometown by foot, bus, or subway.
Eventually, that passion led Erik to a decade-long position at GoTriangle after receiving his Master’s degree in urban planning from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Over the course of our conversation, Erik and I talk about the pitfalls of America’s car culture, how getting lost can be liberating, and how putting racial equity front and center creates thriving public transit systems for those who use it, and need it, the most.
He and I bring a certain amount of bias to this conversation, as we both serve on the board of directors at Bike Durham, a non-profit focused on transforming our transit system to make it safer and more equitable. You can learn more about Erik’s specific work on the Transit Equity Campaign at bikedurham.org/transit.
And yes, we talked about light rail. For about 10 seconds. Hope it's satisfying.
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