8 – 80 Cities’ Gil Penalosa promotes ‘walkability’ as key to successful public transit


Next year, the new Central Corridor light rail trains will start running down University Avenue. Planning has been going on for years. But one element of creating a successful transit corridor isn’t as obvious as some of the more common concerns like right-of-way or parking.

It’s the question of how do people get to the train from their homes and workplaces in the neighborhoods surrounding the tracks. In many cases, the answer is – they’ll walk.

The District Councils Collaborative has been addressing this very issue of walkability, and to continue the conversation the group invited Gil Penalosa to St. Paul. Penalosa runs an organization called 8 – 80 Cities. He told KFAI’s Terry Carter what that means. [Audio below]