“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation."
I am a researcher, proponent and proud rider of public transportation, and have been engaged in public transit-related work in varying capacities. Also a NUMTOT.
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Work Experience

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni)

In a 2016 internship with the SFMTA, I worked alongside transportation planners and engineers on their transit planning team. In addition to leading public outreach efforts on the 14 Mission bus lanes, I led the development of a GIS-based tool that mapped deadhead routes for the purposes of streamlining non-revenue bus operations. Later in my internship I had the opportunity to work directly with senior leadership to reform internal agency performance metrics, drawing on best practices across other agencies.

Research

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

As part of my graduate research at MIT, I liaised with the MBTA on the implementation of their employer corporate pass program. The program, which is responsible for 55% of MBTA pass sales and a third of all fare revenue, is an important component of employer transportation demand management (TDM) strategies, and formed a key aspect of MIT’s commuting benefits reforms (see thesis).

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Research

Transport for London

The MIT Transit Lab has a longstanding research relationship with TfL, and during my graduate studies I was given the opportunity to share learnings on TDM with staff at the London agency. While the land use, transportation and broader policy context in London varies significantly from that of North American cities, the psychology and predictable irrationalities of human travellers is a constant.