A talk with Jarrett Walker, one of the most innovative planners and advocates for public transit in north america today. He believes that transit can be simple, if we focus first on the underlying geometry that all transit technologies share, and that the forces that cause transit to succeed or fail often go unexamined in today’s transit debates. For architects, urban designers, housing and development professionals, transit is key to building successful cities, yet its essential task and the keys to its success are not always clear. In this engaging lecture Walker leads us beyond some of the distractions that sometimes dominate transit debates, to an understanding of public transit’s core power: to give people freedom.
Walker is an international consultant in public transit network design and policy, with over 20 years of experience in projects across North America, Australia, and New Zealand. He is the president of Jarrett Walker and Associates in North America and also serves as Principal Consultant with MR Cagney Consultants in Australia.