Portland needs no introduction as an early leader in sustainable transportation and urbanism.
Jarrett Walker grew up in Portland and has lived there about half of his life. From his first job as a transit planning intern at age 21 — when he contributed to network redesigns in several parts of the region – he’s been actively engaged in Portland planning issues.
He founded Nelson\Nygaard’s Portland office in 1994 and managed it until 2003, leading a range of projects around the region and beyond. His Primary Transit Network study for Tri-Met in 1994 was an early effort at clarifying network design policy for long-term planning purposes, and introduced ideas and terms still in use today in Metro’s Regional Transportation Plan process. He also helped suburban cities and authorities around the region form their own transit policies, and did major network redesign work for C-Tran, which serves adjacent Clark County, Washington.