“Through the Windshield – A Planner’s Eye View of Transit Operations” Transit service planning is inextricably linked with the everyday realities of transit operations. This presentation will discuss the basics of how transit service is planned, with a focus on practical applications at the street level. Topics covered will include network design, route planning considerations, and placement of transit stops. The presentation will also cover methods used to speed up transit services, and the trade-offs involved in decision-making related to transit service planning.BiographyDuncan Watry is a professional transit planner, with 30 years of experience in the public transportation industry. He started his career on the blue collar side of the industry, selling bus tickets and loading baggage for Greyhound in Oceanside, Oakland, Fresno and San Francisco, and then worked as an operations supervisor for Greyhound in San Francisco for several years. He transitioned to the planning side of the industry in 1987 at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in Oakland, and then worked for 17 years at the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) in service planning and capital project planning. While at Muni, he had responsibility for bus and light rail stops, transit priority projects, and several large network restructuring projects. He worked as a consultant for several years, producing operating plans for streetcar projects, and he now works at the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) on a variety of projects. Mr. Watry has a BA from UC Berkeley in English, and an MA from San Francisco State University in Geography.