The Transportation Podcast by VERCOS

Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan

If you are a daily commuter spending precious hours of the day stuck in traffic jams, or an implementer wondering why your city still suffers despite all your good efforts, or a policymaker trying to understand the context and extent of transport policies, Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan welcome you to The Transportation Podcast, by VERCOS. In this podcast, we will explore the A to Z of transport, how it touches our daily lives and what steps we may take to make sure that the transport is safe, seamless, efficient and equitable.

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Welcome to The Transportation Podcast by VERCOS!In our 7th episode, hosts Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan welcome Ms Rachel Smith, Transport Planner, Demand Management & Behaviour Change expert and Creator of Cycling Super Highways. She has experience of advising councils and governments in various geographies including Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Germany, Dubai, Singapore, and India. She has authored 3 books namely 'Underspent', 'Ready for Redundancy' and 'Decongestion' and has been a speaker on many prestigious platforms including London’s House of Lords and has also been 2 times TedX Speaker. Visit Ms Rachel's LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachelsmithbrisbane/. You may look up her Ted Talk on 'Can you dream a new Australian dream?' at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGoDBIGAmVY and 'Who says building the impossible is impossible?' at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZCDBT5dEuY  Ms Rachel enlightened us on the following topics:Poor life choices aka car ownership triggered by clever marketing.7 steps towards decongesting our cities.What does it take to achieve behavioural change?Why tactical urbanism is a crucial step in city planning?What are cycling superhighways and why do we need it?In addition to the above discussion, as a gift to the listeners of The Transportation Podcast by VERCOS, Ms Rachel has issued a free copy of her book JAM-PACKED containing chapters from her book 'Decongestion'. To claim your free copy of the book or to send your suggestions/queries, email us at trust@vercos.in with Podcast Q&A as the subject line. Let us know your viewpoint and we'll talk about it in our next episode.  The Transportation Podcast is created on a not-for-profit basis by VERCOS and a little help can go a long way to sustain this podcast and make it much more interesting and informative. We request our listeners to consider volunteering for the podcast on a part-time basis for research and analysis required to keep it free, technical, and rise above the rhetoric. You may express your willingness to volunteer by sending us an email at trust@vercos.in with the subject “Volunteer for Podcast”.We hope all our listeners will enjoy this episode of The Transportation Podcast by ​VERCOS. Support us by subscribing to the podcast and share it with your family, friends and peers. Your hosts Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan will be back shortly with another interesting and informative episode. Till then, keep walking!Website: https://vercos.in/email: trust@vercos.inLinkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/company/official-vercos/https://www.linkedin.com/in/javedahsan/https://www.linkedin.com/in/amitsinghbaghel/Disclaimer: The views expressed on The Transportation Podcast by the guest/s are solely his/her/their own, and do not represent the opinion/s of Vercos or it's founders, directors, employees and its affiliates in any way.Music from https://filmmusic.io​ ​"Cheery Monday" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)​ License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/vercos)

Nov 2020

44 min 26 sec

​Welcome to The Transportation Podcast by VERCOS!In our 6th episode, hosts Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan welcome Dr Paul Barter, a freelance policy analyst, researcher, trainer and podcaster on urban transport and parking. ​Dr ​Barter has worked on parking issues in many cities in Australia, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and India for World Bank, GIZ and ADB. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the National University of Singapore and writes and podcasts at the Reinventing Parking (https://www.reinventingparking.org/) and Reinventing Transport websites (https://www.reinventingtransport.org/p/about-paul-barter.html). ​Dr ​Barter enlightened us on the following issues:How parking demand is different for an engineer and an economist and why this matters? Why on-street parking management is crucial for successful off-street parking operations?Why off-street parking should be market-driven and should only be constructed by private players?What is the magic sauce of parking management and how to use it appropriately?What are parking minimums and why they should be removed?How parking fuels social injustice? What would a good parking policy aim? ​Hereon we are including a Q&A section to our podcast and invite questions from all our listeners, including students, researchers, consultants, policymakers or a general user like all of us; if there is anything you would like to know more about anything transport, email us at trust@vercos.in with Podcast Q&A as the subject line. You are invited to comment on current transport policies, discuss an upcoming infrastructure or lack of it in your city, or may simply ask for career advice in the field; all are welcome. Relevant questions shall be featured on our next episode of the transportation podcast. Let us know your viewpoint and we'll talk about it in the Q&A section of our next episode. We hope all our listeners will enjoy this episode of The Transportation Podcast by ​VERCOS. We request you to support us by subscribing to the podcast and share it with your family, friends and peers. Your hosts Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan will be back shortly with another interesting and informative episode. Till then, keep walking!Website: https://vercos.in/email: trust@vercos.inLinkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/company/official-vercos/https://www.linkedin.com/in/javedahsan/https://www.linkedin.com/in/amitsinghbaghel/Disclaimer: The views expressed on The Transportation Podcast by the guest/s are solely his/her/their own, and do not represent the opinion/s of Vercos or it's founders, directors, employees and its affiliates in any way.Music from https://filmmusic.io​ ​"Cheery Monday" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)​ License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/vercos)

Aug 2020

1 hr 18 min

Welcome to The Transportation Podcast by VERCOS. In Part 1 of the 5th episode, our hosts Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan, welcomed Prof. PK Sarkar, Former HOD of the Transport Planning Department (TPD) of School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi. Prof. Sarkar went down the memory lane to relive his life as a student of SPA along with enlightening us on:Why we are far from achieving the road safety targets set in 2015Why the Motor Vehicles Act 2019 must be enacted in the spiritThe methodology of accident data collection and identification of black spotsThe relation between vehicle speed and the probability of fatality andThe capacity gaps at state levels to efficiently address the road safety issuesWe hope all our listeners will enjoy this first part of the fifth episode of The Transportation Podcast by Vercos. Please subscribe to The Transportation Podcast by VERCOS. Your hosts Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan will be back shortly with the second part of this episode. Till then, keep walking!Website: https://vercos.in/email: trust@vercos.inLinkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/company/official-vercos/https://www.linkedin.com/in/javedahsan/https://www.linkedin.com/in/amitsinghbaghel/Disclaimer: The views expressed on The Transportation Podcast by the guest/s are solely his/her/their own, and do not represent the opinion/s of Vercos or it's founders, directors, employees and its affiliates in any way.Music from https://filmmusic.io"Cheery Monday" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/vercos)

Jun 2020

36 min 51 sec

Welcome to The Transportation Podcast by VERCOS!In our 4th episode, hosts Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan welcome Dr Kalpana Viswanath to our podcast. Dr Kalpana is Co-Founder and CEO SafetiPin and Member, Advisory Group on Gender Issues with United Nations Habitat. Dr Kalpana also holds senior positions with Global Network of Safer Cities of UN-Habitat, International Centre for the Prevention of Crime, International Advisory Committee of Women in Cities International and Jagori, an organization dedicated towards women safety in urban as well as rural settings. Dr Kalpana enlightened us on the following topics:Why it is difficult to collect data on harassment in transitKey factors which define women safety in public spacesGood practices in gender-friendly transport across the world Why women-friendly streets are safe for all How lack of gender-friendly transport prevents women from accessing education and employment opportunities  As the issue of women safety is deep-rooted, the need for a continual discussion is felt. Accordingly, a group dedicated to Women Safety in Transit has been created vide the Facebook profile of VERCOS. We request our women listeners to join the group and participate in the much-needed debate on how we must plan our cities to make them safer for women, and hence, safer for all! Please use the below link to join the group. Entry by permission.https://www.facebook.com/groups/3713835418687778/We hope all our listeners will enjoy this episode of The Transportation Podcast by Vercos. Your hosts Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan will be back shortly with another interesting and informative episode. We request you to support us by subscribing to the podcast and share it with your family, friends and peers.Till then, keep walking.Website: https://vercos.in/email: trust@vercos.inLinkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/company/official-vercos/https://www.linkedin.com/in/javedahsan/https://www.linkedin.com/in/amitsinghbaghel/Disclaimer: The views expressed on The Transportation Podcast by the guest/s are solely his/her/their own, and do not represent the opinion/s of Vercos or it's founders, directors, employees and its affiliates in any way.Music from https://filmmusic.io"Cheery Monday" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/vercos)

May 2020

51 min 47 sec

Welcome to The Transportation Podcast by VERCOS!In our 3rd episode, hosts Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan welcome Mr Amit Bhatt, Executive Director, WRI to our podcast. Mr Bhatt has about 2 decades of experience in the field of urban transport, non-motorised transport, public transportation, road safety and electric mobility. He writes extensively on the issues of transportation and road safety for some of the leading media houses like Hindustan Times, Scroll, DailyO, Deccan Herald, Times of India and The Hindu. He is also a visiting faculty at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. Mr Bhatt enlightened us on the following topics:How our cities are inherently sustainable How our fascinations for cars can be compared to an epidemicWhy is it necessary to challenge the perception towards pedestrians and NMTThe issue with our road safety awareness programs What Haryana Vision Zero is all aboutWe hope all our listeners will enjoy this episode of The Transportation Podcast by Vercos. Your hosts Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan will be back shortly with another interesting and informative episode. We request you to support us by subscribing to the podcast and share it with your family, friends and peers. Till then, keep walking!Website: https://vercos.in/email: trust@vercos.inLinkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/company/official-vercos/https://www.linkedin.com/in/javedahsan/https://www.linkedin.com/in/amitsinghbaghel/Disclaimer: The views expressed on The Transportation Podcast by the guest/s are solely his/her/their own, and do not represent the opinion/s of Vercos or it's founders, directors, employees and its affiliates in any way.Music from https://filmmusic.io"Cheery Monday" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/vercos)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/vercos)

Apr 2020

38 min 44 sec

Welcome to The Transportation Podcast, by VERCOS. In our 2nd episode of this podcast, our hosts Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan welcomed Mr Alok Jain to their studio. Mr Alok has been associated with almost every aspect of public transport in Hongkong for about 30 years now in various positions at Kowloon–Canton Railway Corporation and The Kowloon Motor Bus Company. Mr Alok enlightened us on following broad topics:How few data-driven campaigns way back in 2003 doubled the ridership of a rail lineWhy public transport should have differential services Why marketing and multimodal integration is crucial to the success of a PT systemWhy one nation one card is imperative for the paradigm change envisioned in our national urban transport policy We hope all our listeners will enjoy this episode of The Transportation Podcast by Vercos. Please subscribe to The Transportation Podcast, by VERCOS. Your hosts Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan will be back shortly with another interesting and informative episode. Till then, keep walking!Website: https://vercos.in/email: trust@vercos.inLinkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/company/official-vercos/https://www.linkedin.com/in/javedahsan/https://www.linkedin.com/in/amitsinghbaghel/Disclaimer: The views expressed on The Transportation Podcast by the guest/s are solely his/her/their own, and do not represent the opinion/s of Vercos or it's founders, directors, employees and its affiliates in any way.Music from https://filmmusic.io"Cheery Monday" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/vercos)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/vercos)

Mar 2020

57 min 5 sec

Welcome to The Transportation Podcast, by VERCOS. In our 1st episode of this podcast, our hosts Amit and Javed, went down the memory lane, to the cradle of Transport Planning in India, the Transport Planning Department (TPD) of School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi. At SPA, our hosts visited Professor Sanjay Gupta, Head of Transport Planning Department, and in a candid interview, Prof. discussed:The legacy of the Transport Planning DepartmentHis own journey from being a student to the HOD in his Alma Mater and his teaching experiences at other universities such as Leeds UKPresent student batches and the placement scenario at TPDAdvice for new aspirants and what to expect once they become part of SPA andHis views on the capacity gaps in government institutions Lastly, he reached out to all the alumni of TPD to come forward and make the department stronger than ever at the upcoming Golden Jubilee Celebration in mid-2020   We hope all our listeners will enjoy this very first episode of the Transportation podcast by Vercos. Please subscribe, The Transportation Podcast, by VERCOS. Your hosts Amit Singh Baghel and Javed Ahsan will be back shortly with another interesting and informative episode. Till then, keep walking!Website: https://vercos.in/email: trust@vercos.inLinkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/company/official-vercos/https://www.linkedin.com/in/javedahsan/https://www.linkedin.com/in/amitsinghbaghel/Disclaimer: The views expressed on The Transportation Podcast by the guest/s are solely his/her/their own, and do not represent the opinion/s of Vercos or it's founders, directors, employees and its affiliates in any way.Music from https://filmmusic.io"Cheery Monday" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/vercos)

Mar 2020

48 min 33 sec

Are you a daily commuter, spending precious hours of the day stuck in traffic jams. Or are you an implementer, wondering why your city still suffers, despite all your good efforts. Or are you a policymaker trying to understand the context and extent of your policies.Welcome to the transportation podcast, by vercos. This is Amit Singh Baghel, and this is Javed Ahsan, and together we will explore the A to Z of transport, how it touches our daily lives and what steps we may take to make sure that the transport is safe, seamless, efficient and equitable. Please subscribe, The Transportation Podcast, by VERCOS.Website: https://vercos.in/email: trust@vercos.inLinkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/company/official-vercos/https://www.linkedin.com/in/javedahsan/https://www.linkedin.com/in/amitsinghbaghel/Music from https://filmmusic.io"Cheery Monday" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/vercos)

Feb 2020

48 sec