Transit & Local Leadership—Jarrett Walker Podcast Interview

Public transit is a powerful tool for addressing a huge range of urban problems, including traffic congestion and economic development as well as climate change. But while many people support transit in the abstract, it’s often hard to channel that support into good transit investments. Part of the problem is that transit debates attract many kinds of experts, who often talk past each other. Ordinary people listen to a little of this and decide that transit is impossible to figure out.

In the latest episode in our series of Urban Resilience Project (URP) podcasts in partnership with Infinite Earth Radio, host Mike Hancox speaks with consulting transit planner Jarrett Walker about how transit can be simple, if we focus first on the underlying geometry that all transit technologies share.

Says Walker:

“Transit is an incredibly local thing…If we’re not allowed to talk about it at that local level, we’re never going to make good policy. One of the things I recommend people do is completely tune out any national debate about how much transit we should. Because there is no national answer to that question, there are only local answers.”

Listen below. You can also download the episode on iTunes and Stitcher.

Check out our entire series of podcasts on urban resilience topics HERE.