USC logo

It’s Not Just Where You’re Going, It’s Also How You Get There

Published by USC Bedrosian Center on

by Anthony Orlando

If the old saying is true that “life is a journey, not a destination,” then it stands to reason that the way we travel matters a great deal. In fact, that’s what the latest evidence has shown: Transportation choices and systems play a crucial role in our economy and our environment. You may think that your car or bike or walk or train ride is only about you, but it’s really one piece of a giant moving puzzle, in which we’re all trying to access the American dream in the same urban landscape at the same time—and that means it’s imperative to do it smartly, justly, and sustainably.

In this episode, Marlon G. Boarnet weighs the pros and cons of different transportation modes and shows how the infrastructure we build now will shape our quality of life for generations to come.

Prof. Boarnet is a Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, where he serves as the Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis. He is a fellow of the Regional Science Association International and the Weimer School of the Homer Hoyt Institute for Real Estate, as well as the vice-president and president-elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

To listen to this episode of Our American Discourse, click the arrow in the player here. Or  download it and subscribe through ApplePodcastsSoundcloudGoogle Play,  Stitcher, or your favorite podcasting app – click the links or search “usc bedrosian.”

Follow us on Twitter


Related Reading

“Driving Reductions After the Introduction of Light Rail Transit: Evidence from an Experimental-Control Group Evaluation of the Los Angeles Expo Line”by Steven Speaers, Marlon G. Boarnet, & Douglas Houston

“First/Last Mile Transit Access as an Equity Planning Issue”by Marlon G. Boarnet, Genevieve Giuliano, Yuting Hou, & Eun Jin Shin

“A Framework for Projecting the Potential Statewide Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Reduction from State-Level Strategies in California”by Marlon Boarnet & Susan Handy

“Affordable Housing in Transit-Oriented Developments: Impacts on Driving and Policy Approaches”by Marlon G. Boarnet, Raphael Bostic, Danielle Williams, Raul Santiago-Bartolomei, Seva Rodnyansky, & Andy Eisenlohr




Bedrosian Center