Transit week concludes with another great transit webinar!
Making Transit Thrive: Transit planning in our current environment can be a challenge, and planners can feel paralyzed by the focus on large, capital heavy projects which can take years to get off the ground. We may feel that suburban sprawl and the automobile have created a situation in which people will not consider transit options. However, there is a way to build transit systems that thrive even in challenging environments, by focusing on a set of key ingredients that make successful transit. Join Jonathan, Michael and Neil to learn more about these ingredients. Together we can make transit succeed everywhere!
Michael Binetti Bio
Michael is a transit planner with experience working both in Canada and the United States. He currently works in Ontario, Canada, where he plans transit service in both urban and rural settings. To date, he has worked on bus network redesigns, adapting transit services to the challenges of a pandemic, implementing On Demand service, and the formation and implementation of a Five-Year and Rural Transit Service Strategy.
Michael previously worked for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, where he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Windermere PULSE project, which brought a timed-transfer schedule network to bus routes feeding a major rapid transit station in the eastern suburbs. Michael also worked on the Better Buses program, which brought improvements to the bus network, including enhancing late evening transit service to approximately 200,000 Cuyahoga County Residents.
Jonathan English has a doctorate in urban planning from Columbia University, with research examining suburban transit policy and the relationship between transit service levels and transit demand from a historical perspective. His research has been featured in outlets including The New York Times, Vox, Wired, CBC, and NPR. He has written on transportation and other issues for publications including the Globe and Mail and Bloomberg CityLab. He is currently working as the Director of Policy for Transportation and Infrastructure at a large non-profit organization.
Neil Greenberg has worn multiple hats in the transit biz: everything from bus operator to schedule writer to mapmaker to technical advisor. He has worked directly for four different transit systems and has consulted to approximately 30 others. In college, he co-founded a small student-run transit service. He is fond of exploring cities on foot, bike and transit. Upon discovering an effective new idea, Neil strives to put it into practice immediately. His current focus is increasing transit ridership by lowering the barrier of entry for new users.
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