Policy Forum

The Future of Public Transit

October 2, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT

Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

Featuring Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Jarrett Walker, President, Jarrett Walker & Associates, consultants in public transit planning and policy; moderated by Matt Weibel, Director, Government Affairs, Cato Institute.

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Urban rail and bus transit ridership are declining, says Randal O’Toole, one of the nation’s leading critics of transit subsidies. Between the growth of ride hailing and the impending introduction of driverless ride hailing, O’Toole predicts that transit ridership outside of New York City and a handful of other urban areas will disappear by 2030.

Not so, says Portland transit consultant Jarrett Walker, one of the most innovative thinkers in the transit community. Walker is helping transit agencies reinvent themselves so that they can remain a vital part of American cities for decades to come.

Please join us to hear from these two national transportation experts and then participate in a discussion with them.