SPUR Lunchtime Forum: A field guide to transit debates: A conversation with Jarrett Walker

"For the sake of the environment and for efficiency of movement with a
growing population, the need for public transit is spreading. But
funding and implementation issues incite intense and often bitter
quarrels. Join transit planning consultant Jarrett Walker
writer of the blog HumanTransit.org — as he offers insight on some
common issues, confusions, outcomes and strategies shared by transit
planning initiatives across the country."

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