Podcast, Social Justice

The Trip Diary: A City in Transit – with Peter V. Hall

July 12, 2022
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On this second episode of The Trip Diary, Steve Tornes speaks with Dr. Peter V. Hall about the Employer Transit Subsidy Study, a research project which examined the factors that encourage people to switch from driving to public transit.

Compared to our last episode on equity, this research is quantitative and numbers based – and yet, even though it involves big data, it still cares deeply about equity. Peter further discusses how the study was designed with a social purpose to inform collective bargaining discussions between the hospitality workers union and hotel management, and the strategic regional goals of the City of Vancouver and TransLink.

This SFU study was done in partnership with the union and management of seven hotels, TransLink, and the City of Vancouver.

About Our Guest

Peter V. Hall

Peter V. Hall was Dean pro tem in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and is Professor of Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

His areas of research include port cities, community and local economic development, and he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Transport Geography. He was Principal Investigator of the Employer Transit Subsidy Study.


Host & Producer - Steve Tornes

Cover Artist & Audio Editor - Kathy Feng

Audio Editor - Paige Smith

Copywriter - Melissa Roach

Secondary Copywriter - Alyha Bardi

Music Composition - Alex Masse

SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement Director - Am Johal

Cite This Episode

Chicago Style

Tornes, Steve. “Geographies of Identity — with Dr. Peter V. Hall” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, July 12, 2022.


The Trip Diary is an original Below the Radar podcast series examining how we move through urban spaces. SFU Urban Studies alum and host Steve Tornes invites transportation enthusiasts and policymakers into conversation about the social and political factors that impact how transportation policy plays out on the ground.

Over the course of this series, we will explore how different commute modes — walking, cycling, transiting, driving — impact daily life and why we need to think about transportation in our urban design. 

The Trip Diary and Below the Radar are recorded on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. These conversations draw from data and lived experiences related to moving through urban spaces on these lands and beyond.

Each episode of The Trip Diary is timed to the duration of a different commute across the Metro Vancouver region. We hope you’ll listen along with your own commute as we investigate and reflect upon the future of moving through cities.

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