Jarrett Walker

Jarrett Walker is an international consultant in public transit planning and policy. He writes the blog Human Transit and is author of the book Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives.

You Can’t Fix Mass Transit By Destroying It

A suggestion that the New York City subway could be replaced by tunnels for autonomous cars would only exclude the riders who need it most.

A TriMet bus stopping for passengers at a bus stop, in Hillsboro Oregon.

The Problem with 'Transit Gaps'

When it comes to mobility, what does “adequate” service mean?

A tow truck operator hooks up a damaged bus in 2011 in New York.

Should Transit Agencies Panic?

Many predict that new technology will doom public transportation. They’re wrong.  

Tesla's Elon Musk: Not a mass transit fan.

What Elon Musk Doesn't Get About Urban Transit

The Tesla CEO’s recent comments about public transportation triggered a firestorm of criticism. Here’s why.

To Attract Riders, Call Transit ‘Congestion Free’

Why emphasizing frequency, speed, and reliability in all conditions is so critical.

The Real Barriers to Abundant, All-Day Transit Service

Despite clear benefits, too many transit agencies seem to be hanging by a thread.

Eerie Truths and Hard Lessons From a 1970s 'Ecotopia'

Revisiting Ernest Callenbach's controversial portrait of a more sustainable America.

Why We Should Stop Talking About 'Bus Stigma'

Obsessing over trying to serve different economic classes on mass transit misses the point.