People often email or tweet to me asking me to "come help" their city. I really appreciate the sentiment, but I'm not an action hero. I'm a consultant, and consultants respond to some kind of invitation.
If your city or transit agency is undertaking a transit-related planning project and you'd like me to be involved, please:
- Tell me about it. It is extremely difficult for three-person firms like mine to find out about planning projects that could be coming up, because they are advertised in more places than we can possibly keep track of. Don't assume I know what's coming down the line in your city. Tell me, using the email button at right.
- Consider inviting me to speak or run some kind of workshop. Any organization can do this. The cost is anywhere from $3000 to $9000 in North America, more overseas, depending mostly on your distance from Portland (Oregon) and what you want me to do. (Our excellent Senior Associate, Michelle Poyourow, does them for somewhat less.) This is especially helpful if a project is coming along later that you'd like us to have a shot at. Many of our major projects, including those Auckland, Houston and Raleigh, were preceded by one or more events I did in that city.
Our little firm is not networked through the usual industry channels. We don't belong to the American Public Transit Association, for example, because its dues are simply prohibitive for firms our size. So we rely on informal networks, social media, and word of mouth to connect us with people and places that could use our help. So thank you, dear reader, for what you do!