Jarrett Walker – “A Field Guide to Transit Quarrels”

Late last month, Jarrett Walker of HumanTransit.org gave a great talk at Metro. PortlandTransport was there to record the event.

Jarrett is an international consultant in public transit network design and policy. Originally from Portland, he is now based in Sydney, Australia.

His presentation, “A Field Guide to Transit Quarrels”, deals with the language and conceptualization issues we face when thinking about transit (or any complex issue, for that matter), including the tension between “vision” and factually-based analysis.

The entire video is just over an hour, including the Q&A session, and for YouTube purposes, we’ve broken it in to five parts. These videos are available in HD via YouTube (check the embedded player for resolution and full-screen choices) which makes the PowerPoint slides quite a bit easier to read.

Part 1: Introductions

Part 2: The Spectrum of Authorities

Part 3: Balancing Claims

Part 4: Example and Conclusions

Part 5: Q&A

One response to “Jarrett Walker – “A Field Guide to Transit Quarrels””

  1. I personally found his presentation very interesting.

    It wouldn’t surprise me at all if his disclaimer comment towards the beginning that his thoughts on the subject were evolving were his way of saying that he was simply stating his opinion on the subject, and as such is open to new information which may or may not result in a slightly different perspective (and/or refinement of word choice/presentation style to tie up any loose ends).

    Also found it interesting he advocated for having a transit system where not everything runs to a central point, and transfers are necessary for a well-functioning system. Something others have been saying for a while now.

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