Trains, Buses, People: A Book Event with Christof Spieler

Transit discussions are often about Trains or Buses: what technology is best? But transit is really about PEOPLE. Riders care about walkability, connectivity, frequency, travel time, reliability, capacity, and information much more than they care about steel wheels or overhead wires.

Transportation expert and TransitCenter Board Member, Christof Spieler’s, new book, Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit, looks at how cities can build successful transit for people. He profiles the 47 metropolitan areas in the US that have rail transit or BRT. By taking an honest look at what makes good and bad transit, he shows that it is possible, with the right tools, to build good transit.

Join TransitCenter and Christof Spieler to hear his opinions first hand.

Christof Spieler, VP & Director of Planning at Huitt-Zollars, Senior Lecturer at Rice University, and Board Member at TransitCenter 

Christof has worked, written, and spoken extensively on transit and urban planning. He served on the board of directors of Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority from 2010 to 2018 where he initiated Houston’s bus network redesign. At Huitt-Zollars, he has developed land use and transportation plans around the country. At Rice he teaches courses in transportation in both the architecture and engineering schools.


Joelle Ballam-Schwan, Public Programs & Advocacy Associate

Thursday, December 6th, 6-8pm
Doors open at 6:00pm; Program begins at 6:30pm
TransitCenter, One Whitehall Street, 17th Floor

Books will be available for purchase and Christof will be signing copies after the program.