Human Transit

October 7, 2016, 12pm PDT
Transit consultant Jarrett Walker argues that Uber's ads betray dark aspirations for the future of transit.
Human Transit
November 19, 2015, 5am PST
The flurry of speculation about the future of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is mostly ignoring a significant downside: the impact on vehicle miles travelled (VMT).
Human Transit
October 2, 2015, 1pm PDT
Not all transit maps are created equal. The new Portland TriMet map, for instance, does a much better job of illustrating the usefulness of its high-frequency network.
Human Transit
August 19, 2015, 10am PDT
Houston is making big transportation news this week with the launch of a newly replanned Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) bus system.
Human Transit
August 7, 2015, 8am PDT
Jarrett Walker outlines the conditions under which transit serves the greatest number of travelers. Maximizing ridership, he argues, requires thinking like a business and catering to demand.
Human Transit
July 10, 2015, 8am PDT
A newly released proposal for overhauling Metro bus service in Los Angeles includes innovative and controversial measures. Included is a new metric for measuring the success of bus lines.
Human Transit
May 14, 2015, 5am PDT
Halfway between public transit and private cars, new and varying forms of 'microtransit' threaten to out-compete traditional public services. Concerns about equity, inclusion, and employee compensation follow.
Human Transit
February 15, 2015, 1pm PST
Jarrett Walker shares the news that the city of Houston gave final approval to overhaul its public transit system, including the implementation of a frequent network grid. The changes are expected to be complete by August 2015.
Human Transit
December 29, 2014, 12pm PST
File under tools for the tool kit: Jarrett Walker of Human Transit shares details about Nearmap, an aerial photography tool that serves as a helpful alternative to Google Earth.
Human Transit
December 5, 2014, 9am PST
Jarrett Walker shares news and analysis of a recent study by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) finding explosive growth in the construction of bus rapid transit lines around the world in the last ten years.
Human Transit
November 16, 2014, 7am PST
A region dominated by automobile-friendly infrastructure has released a Draft EIR for a bus rapid transit project connecting central San Jose to Palo Alto via El Camino Real.
Human Transit
September 29, 2014, 11am PDT
While so many cities struggle to overcome irrational and uninformed opinions in debates about transportation systems, Edmonton is in the midst of a conversation with good questions and no right or wrong answers.
Human Transit
August 19, 2014, 9am PDT
According to Jarrett Walker, one solution to alleviating food deserts is by providing residents access to frequent transportation networks.
Human Transit
July 2, 2014, 12pm PDT
Jarrett Walker details the nuances of travel time comparisons, following on a recent Boston Magazine article comparing MBTA transit service to the new Bridj private bus service.
Human Transit
May 31, 2014, 5am PDT
Jarrett Walker shares news of a proposed transit network update for Columbus, Ohio, which he helped develop as part of a consulting team led by IBI Associates. The update has been released for public comment.
Human Transit
March 24, 2014, 7am PDT
Earlier this month, Portland’s TriMet restored high frequency bus service to ten bus routes around the city. Jarrett Walker makes the case that the frequency of service can make or break a city’s transit system.
Human Transit
February 20, 2014, 1pm PST
A recent telephone poll of Portland citizens asked what types of transportation investments they prioritize for the city. The top two responses both include “safe.”
Human Transit
October 15, 2013, 7am PDT
Musing on the discussion at last week's Citylab conference, Jarrett Walker finds a surprising convergence with the ideology of America's Tea Party: "Big and active national government may not be the answer." Would cities be better off going it alone?
Human Transit
November 11, 2012, 9am PST
Jarrett Walker examines the desirability of slow transit as argued by University of British Columbia Professor Patrick M. Condon in support of a vast streetcar network for Vancouver.
Human Transit
October 11, 2012, 9am PDT
An innovate plan to reconceive Auckland's transit network from the ground up led by Jarrett Walker demonstrates the dramatic efficiencies that can be gained, without additional cost, by increasing transfers.
Human Transit