I started reading Jarrett Walker’s book, Human Transit, the day it became available on Kindle, and sat down a few weeks later to write a review for the blog. Unfortunately, the review I wanted to write, “This book distills every sensible thought I’ve ever had or heard about transit down to a slim, cogent and enjoyable volume, which you should purchase and read immediately”, was too short for a blog post, and trying to drag it out longer just turned it into the kind of gushing, fanboy-istic prose I cannot bear to either read or write.
Fortunately for me, Walker recently announced a nearby session of his transit planning workshop, Transit Network Design: An Interactive Short Course, thereby providing me the opportunity to plug both the course and the book at sufficient length. Offered under the banner of his professional consultancy, Jarrett Walker + Associates, this course “is designed to give anyone a grasp of how network design works, so that they can form more confident and resilient opinions about transit proposals”. It’s offered in Portland, on February 7th and 8th and the cost is $395 per person, with some discounts available.
Its audience is specifically not limited to transit planners, but is “for people who interact with transit planning in their work but don’t do it themselves — including land use planners, urban designers, developers, traffic engineers, sustainability advocates, transit employees of all kinds, and people who work on transportation or urban policy generally. Advocates who want to be more realistic and effective will also find the course valuable, especially as a companion to my book Human Transit.”
I hope to attend, and encourage everyone else who takes an interest in transit to do so, if you can afford it, or you can get your employer to pay for it.