My book is on 50% off, until Oct 26!


Island Press is doing another 50% off sale on all their books, hardcover and paperback.  That brings the paperback of my book down to just $17.50!  No need to wait for the battered one from the library.  Now you can brandish your own copy at your next impassioned meeting!

By my book here!  Browse their impressive inventory starting here.

San Francisco Bay Area: “Transportation Camp” coming to North Bay

From our good friends at Trillium Solutions, a cool company that does a range of IT solutions for transit agencies:

Transportation Camp is coming to Rohnert Park on October 20. The format of Transportation Camp is an "unconference" focused around transit and technology.
The event will serve the dual purpose of kicking off the Fall conference for CalACT, California's state transit association. Transit operators, activists, and technologists can come together to solve problems.
When: October 20, 2015. Coffee and muffins at 8:30. Event at 9:30. Sessions at 11. Happy hour afterwards.
WhereDoubleTree hotel in Rohnert Park, 2 hours from SF by Golden Gate Transit's 101 bus (we'll provide a shuttle from the Rohnert Park stop to the DoubleTree).
I very much hope to see you there! Please register if you can make so that we know how many to expect.

Portland: Small City Club Event on October 6

LogoI don't often get to do events in my home town, so I'm looking forward to a little gathering on October 6 in City Club of Portland's Leader Spotlight series.  It's free, but the venue is small so be sure to RSVP!  Details and link here.  

Seattle Times “Gridlock” Event Oct 29!


Grim header, no?  Well, all that unhappiness is apparently turning people out for a Seattle Times event on the evening of October 29.  Two hundred people registered in the first two hours for a panel featuring:

  • Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly
  • INRIX CEO Bryan Mistele 
  • University of Washington transportation researcher Mark Hallenbeck
  • and yours truly!

It sounds like that notorious Texas Transportation Institute report may come up at some point, since INRIX did their modeling, so it should be a lively discussion.  There's still time to register, here!

Reykjavík: Speaking on 22 September

Iceland_-_Reykjavik_115_-_Frikirkjan_Church_(6571050117)The Association of Municipalities for greater Reykjavík has invited me to spend a week there working with them on public transport issues.  On 22 September, I'll be doing a public talk on the topic, from 1500 to 1630, in English.  If you'll be in Iceland then, please come!  Please also pass this on to your Icelandic friends.  

It's at the auditorium (Salurinn), just north of the main Hamraborg public transport stop, in Kópavogur.  It is very transit-accessible: From the city centre take bus line 1, 2, or 4 — a short trip at  high frequency.

To confirm, go to this announcement, and don't panic if you don't read Icelandic.  At the bottom is an email address.  Send them a quick email ("I'm coming and bringing __ people.")  Look forward to seeing you there!

City Building Exchange: a Training for Civic Professionals in New Orleans


I've been asked to do a one-hour course as part of the City Building Exchange, a two-day star-studded training program for city professionals in New Orleans, October 15-16.  Their prestigious lineup of faculty includes Andres Duany, Ellen Dunham-Jones, and .  It also sounds like a great chance to visit a city in the process of radical transformation for better or worse.  

Today is the last day for the discounted price ($475) as opposed to the regular price ($495).  Details here.



Sydney: Speaking 12 May at 11:00

DSCN2901For the next two weeks I'll be on a quick tour of Australia and New Zealand, with stops in Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland and Wellington.  (You can track my movements in the little widget at right, if you scroll down a bit.).  Unfortunately I have only one public event booked,  which is in Sydney.  It's an 11 AM event on Tuesday 12 May at the University of Sydney's Institute for Transport and Logistic Studies at their new home in the CBD.  

The topic?  "Yes, You Can Erase Your Bus Network and Design a New One. Lessons from Houston, Auckland, and other cities."  Should be fun, and if we're lucky,  it might even be "controversial"!

 Details here. When you are absolutely sure you're coming, you can RSVP by clicking here.  (Please only do this once, and only when you're sure you're attending.)

The RSVP system seems likely to produce some false RSVPs, so if the system tells you the event is full, I suggest showing up anyway.

Raleigh: Wake County transit plan kicks off Monday!

We are happy to be part of a new transit planning initiative for Raleigh, North Carolina, and vicinity,  supporting local consultants Kimley Horn & Associates.  The Wake County Transit Investment Strategy is an opportunity to think through the county's transit priorities in anticipation of a possible ballot measure to expand transit funding in the county.   

We're kicking off Monday, December 8, at the Raleigh Convention Center.  Please join us at 6 PM that night for a series of presentations that explain what we're up to, what the big questions are, and how to get involved!


Portland: only 8 places left our Network Design Course!

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Planning to register for our Interactive Course in Transit Network Design, coming up in Portland October 2-3?   We now have only 8 places left, and they will definitely sell out!  So act soon to be sure of a place!

 For more information on the course, head over to the website:


"Thank you for your interest in our Interactive Course in Transit Network Design!  We are sad to report that we sold out before we received your registration.  But wait!  Don't go away!
Please email Zach Tucker and indicate that you tried to register.  If we get more than a handful, we'll do another offering of the course in the very near future.  
If you are based in Portland, you may also want to be wait-listed in case there is a cancellation.  If interested please contact us and say that.  We will get back to you advising where you are on the list. 


Thanks again for your interest, and we look forward to seeing you in one of our courses soon!

About the course:

This session, TriMet has graciously agreed to host us in their offices downtown.

We're happy to note that we anticipate the ability to offer 14 AICP Certification Maintenance credits.

We designed this course to fill a gap in the training of most planning professionals.  Few graduate programs teach public transit "from the inside," building an understanding of its unique opportunities and limitations through the experience of actually working with the tool.  Still fewer hire teachers who are both seasoned practitioners and skilled in relating public transit to larger narratives that motivate people.  If you care about public transit as part of your future city, invite your favorite land use planner to take this course!   They'll come out much savvier about how to recognize development proposals that truly work with public transit, as distinct from those that are just paying lip-service in order to "paint development green."  

For more, see here!