June 18, 2013
Expert shares insights about Greater Cincinnati transit at workshop
The Hamilton County Planning Partnership, in partnership with Agenda 360, Vision 2015 and other community partners, hosted a June 12 workshop featuring international transit expert Jarrett Walker, who helps communities use public transportation to shape vibrant, successful 21st century cities.
The Hamilton County Planning Partnership brings together public, private and civic sector organizations engaged in community planning so that mutual goals related to physical, economic, and social issues can be planned for comprehensively and achieved collaboratively.
Since 2010, the Hamilton County Planning Partnership has organized the Sustainable Hamilton County "Reinventing Our Communities Workshop" series, which has recently been named the Sustainable Greater Cincinnati series. The program has brought to our region nationally recognized experts to share research findings, case studies, and resources that help event participants think of alternatives to the long-term sustainability of their communities.
The program focused on connectivity, on how to make not only Hamilton County, but the region, a more vibrant and connected place for people of all ages.
Jarrett Walker holds a PhD from Stanford University and works as an international consultant in public transit network and design and policy. He is the President of Jarrett Walker & Associates in North America, and also serves as Principal Consultant with M R Cagney Consultants in Australia and New Zealand.
In his 20 years consulting experience he has led more than 30 network redesign projects spanning the range from rural to major urban networks. His experience also spans intermodal integration, interchange planning, way finding, mapping, and many long-range network plans.
He is especially known for his work on demystifying transit for non-experts, and helping frame policy debates about transit in a way that is both realistic and empowering. That work is the mission of his popular weblog HumanTransit.org, and his book Human Transit: How clear thinking about public transit can enrich our communities and our lives.
Walker shared insights on how all forms of transit-buses, rail, bicycles, walking, car-pooling, and more-are vital connectors in dynamic and growing 21st century regions, including Greater Cincinnati.
"I would encourage you to look beyond Columbus, Indianapolis and Louisville as Midwestern cities to compare yourself to," said Walker in an interview with Cincinnati Enquirer. "Cincinnati is the closest thing the Midwest has to San Francisco. It's unique: the hills, the river, the views. You have some natural choke points in your network - places where it's hard to get through hills - which are good indications that public transit would work here."
Other speakers included Kerstin Carr, Manager for Active Transportation & Safety Programs at the Mid-Ohio regional Planning Commission (MORPC), Sharon R. Fusco, Director of Business Results and Innovation for the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, Lee Rose, Director of Human Resources, E.W. Scripps Company, and Alfred Craig, PE, Cincinnati resident.
Partners included: Hamilton County Planning Partnership, Agenda 360, Vision 2015, Urban Land Institute, First Suburbs Consortium, Green Umbrella, OKI, We THRIVE Community Wellness in Action, APAOH Cincinnati, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, and Community Building Institute.
Learn more about Sustainable Greater Cincinnati 2013 Workshop Series at www.hamilton-co.org/hcrpc/shc/.
More about Jarrett Walk at www.jarrettwalker.com.
About Agenda 360:
Agenda 360 is a regional action plan, led by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, intended to transform Cincinnati USA into a leading metropolitan region for talent, jobs and economic opportunity. At the core of this plan are three long-range goals to be achieved by 2020: to add 150,000 additional 20 to 34 year-olds in the region's workforce; to add 200,000 net new jobs in the region; and to achieve the United Way Bold Goal of gainful employment for 90 percent of our labor force by 2020. For more information, visit www.agenda360.org.