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The Transit Tipping Point

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Thursday we’re asking what it would take to get you out of your car. Urban planner Tim Sullivan says the West was built around the ideas of freedom, opportunity and adventure. Although the car helped get us there, Sullivan argues the car is now threatening the things we love about our region. He and others join Doug to talk about our attitude towards the automobile and the obstacles and opportunities for walking, biking and taking the train on the Wasatch Front.

Guests

  • Tim Sullivan is a planner with the Utah based consulting firm InterPlan and the author of Ways to the West: How Getting Out of Our Cars is Reclaiming America's Frontier [Indiebound|Amazon]. On Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m., Sullivan will give a reading at The King's English Bookshop in Salt Lake City. [Details]
  • Reid Ewing is Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, where he directs the Metropolitan Research Center. He's also Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Planning Association. Ewing is the author of eight books, including Pedestrian and Transit Oriented Design [Indiebound|Amazon]
  • Andrea Olson is President of InterPlan, a Utah consulting firm focused on transportation planning.
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.