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Aug 10 2012

A Brief Blog Profile: Human Transit

by Thomas Hynes


Human Transit is the personal blog of Jarrett Walker. Professionally, Walker has been a transit consultant since 1991. He has designed both transit networks and policy for several urban communities. This blog is where he hopes to spur conversations around transportation. His belief is that when done right, it can improve towns and cities. Growing up in Portland, OR during the 1970s, Walker saw the kind of impact a smart transit policy can have on a community.

Of course, not every community is like Portland, OR. Still, they remain a shining example of mass transportation done right. And, truthfully, this blog deals primarily with the world outside the City of Roses. For example, here Walker discusses Seattle's new sub network maps. He ponders whether or not Los Angeles will be the next transit metropolis. And in Paris, we see the bus stop of the future. And speaking of buses, this post questions when buses will allow space for more bikes and this post questions if transit plans should account for bikeability.

Truthfully, there's a lot to discuss. But, the main goal behind Human Transit is NOT for the reader to share Walker's values.The goal is to provide perspective and clarity. Regardless of your opinions, it still probably makes sense to give this blog a read. After all, he is a professional. Might as well have a listen. Might as well hop on board.

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