Annie Weinstock is the President of BRT Planning International, LLC. Ms. Weinstock has 14 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 seven 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.
Dr. Walter Hook, Vice-President and Principal of the firm BRT Planning International, LLC, has 26 years experience in transit planning. Until 2014, Dr. Walter Hook 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.
Sahra Mirbabaee is an Assistant Transportation Planner at BRT Planning International, LLC. She is currently a Masters Candidate in Urban Planning with a focus on Transportation, Land Use, and Environment at Columbia University in the City of New York. Previously, she worked in the public sector for the City of Villa Park where she wrote grants, conducted plan checks, and frequented building sites for approval. Ms. Mirbabaee also did research related to climate change and environmental health equity in urban environments during her time as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley. After completing her undergraduate degree in Urban Studies, she worked as a Research Intern at The Brookings Institution on national freight transportation and international transit funding schemes. With a wide set of experiences, Ms. Mirbabaee brings her planning practices to the international BRT field.