Annie Weinstock, President
Ms. Weinstock has 15 years’ experience in private, public, and non-profit sector transit planning. Until 2015, Ms. Weinstock was the US & Africa Director from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). In 2009, Ms. Weinstock relocated to Dar es Salaam to help bring the gold-standard DART BRT project to implementation. In the eight years since, Ms. Weinstock has worked on bringing gold-standard BRT to Sub-Saharan Africa in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa. In Africa, Ms. Weinstock worked on the full spectrum of BRT planning issues – from BRT design and service planning to institutional structuring, business planning, and taxi industry transition. In 2010, Ms. Weinstock started ITDP’s US program to help bring gold-standard BRT to US cities. To this end, Ms. Weinstock worked in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Montgomery County (MD), and Albuquerque. Ms. Weinstock developed the BRT Standard with Dr. Hook. Together, they also conducted an extensive research project on the impacts of BRT on TOD in the US, resulting in a major report entitled “More Development for Your Transit Dollar: A Study of 21 North American Transit Corridors.” Ms. Weinstock holds an MS in Transportation from the University of Washington. As President of the firm BRT Planning International, Ms. Weinstock brings her full range of BRT planning experience to new projects in the US, Africa, and around the world.
Walter Hook, Principal
Dr. Hook has 26 years experience in transit planning. Until 2014, he was the CEO of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), which he led for 21 years. Dr. Hook holds a PhD from the School of Urban Planning at Columbia University, where he also served as an Adjunct Professor until 1999. While at ITDP, he helped initiate, design, and successfully implement several successful BRT systems, including the Guangzhou BRT, the Ahmedabad BRT, the TransJakarta BRT, Rea Vaya BRT in Johannesburg, MyCiTi BRT in Cape Town, and the pending DART BRT system in Dar es Salaam. He developed The BRT Standard with Annie Weinstock, and is the co-editor of the BRT Planning Guide. More recently, Hook has contracted with the Asian Development Bank to provide capacity building for a sustainable urban transport initiative in Vientiane, Laos and PPP support to the development of a BRT project in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. With over two decades of research experience, focused on practical outcomes, Dr. Hook applies his deep knowledge of BRT infrastructure and service planning to further the field of knowledge related to bus service reliability
Larson Holt, Transportation Planner
Larson is a planner with a track record of improving operational processes and business planning to deliver effective mass transit, both in the private and public sector. Larson uses complex data sets and analytical tools such as simulation and decision modeling to rethink the operations of transit agencies around the world. Larson has produced operations plans, service models, and expert evaluations for clients in a variety of cities, including Vientiane, Laos; York, Canada; Yangon, Myanmar; and Santiago, Chile. Larson is co-authoring a business planning guide aimed at helping governments around the world develop “model bus companies” through strategic regulation. Before joining BRTPlan, Larson worked in operations planning at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, coordinating the agency’s response to citywide special events as well as system construction closures. Larson served as a research fellow at Columbia University and conducted extensive research on the sociopolitical factors underlying Chinese high-speed rail construction. Larson is also one of the first researchers to assess cooperation opportunities between transportation network companies and transit agencies. Larson holds a BA in Urban Studies and is pursuing an MPA in Urban Policy Management, both from Columbia University.