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Rethinking How To Assess Public Transit Needs

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Gridlock on the freeway, orange construction cones everywhere, and congestion. Traffic problems abound and cities are scrambling to improve their public transportation. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Jarrett Walker, a public transit consultant, about how cities assess their transportation needs. Mr. Walker discusses the importance of improving existing infrastructure and building on it, as well as highlighting the difficulties posed by a sprawling metro area. 

Guest:

  • Jarrett Walker is the author of Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives as well as an international consultant in public transit network design and policy. He has led major projects in North America, Australia, and New Zealand. 

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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.