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Houston’s Transit Future: symposium & workshop


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Don’t miss this crucial dialogue about Houston’s Transit Future!
With Houston’s transit future threatened, it’s time to explore the possibilities for realizing the plan that voters approved in 2003. That plan is in peril now, and decisions made in the next several weeks will decide whether the plan will go forward - or come to a screeching halt.

Symposium plus distinguished speaker Jarrett Walker
Presented by Houston Tomorrow and Metro

Sponsored by Daniel P. Barnum FAIA, TSU Center for Transportation Training & Researcht

Date: Monday, May 14, 2012
Location for all events: Asia Society Texas Center – Edward Rudge Allen III Education Center, 1370 Southmore, Houston, Texas 77004
Some street parking, garage is $6
1: Houston’s Transit Future

Is there any transit future beyond today’s service? How good is Houston’s transit system now? Are the University and Uptown lines threatened? What needs to happen to grow the system?  Are big changes coming to the bus network? What can citizens do to make it all happen? All this and more.
Janis Scott, Transit Rider Extraordinaire
George Greanias, CEO and President, Metro
Christof Spieler, Metro Board Member, Director of Innovation & Technology, Morris Architects
Billy Cooke, P.E. Vice President Klotz Associates, Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership Transit Committee
David Crossley, President, Houston Tomorrow
Keynote: Jarrett Walker, Author of “Human Transit” and International Transit Consultant
Time: 8:30 am-1 pm
Tickets: Open to the public, cost is $55, includes morning snacks, lunch

2: Technical Workshop for Planners, Engineers, and Metro Board Members
Jarrett Walker will work with this specific group on transit issues and concepts.
Time: 2-4 pm
Tickets: Free

3: Distinguished Speaker Event
Jarrett Walker will discuss ideas from his new book “Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives.”
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm (6:30-7 networking reception)
Tickets: Free - Open to the public

About Jarrett Walker
Jarrett Walker is the author of the new book “Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives.”

He is an international consultant in public transit network design and policy.  He has been a full-time consultant since 1991 and has led numerous major planning projects in North America, Australia, and New Zealand.  He currently serves as a Principal Consultant with MRCagney based in Australia.  He provides expert advice to clients worldwide

Born in 1962, he grew up in Portland, Oregon during the revolutionary 1970s, the era when Portland first made its decisive commitment to be a city for people rather than cars.  He went on to complete a BA at Pomona College (Claremont, California) and a Ph.D. in theatre arts and humanities at Stanford University.  Passionately interested in an impractical number of fields, he is probably the only person with peer-reviewed publications in both the Journal of Transport Geography and Shakespeare Quarterly.  In addition to Human Transit, he also writes on botany, creative writing, performing arts, and a range of other interests on his personal blog, Creature of the Shade.

For more on Jarrett Walker, and his blog, see the Welcome and Manifesto post.  For more on his professional services, see here.

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