Ms. Weinstock has 18 years’ experience in private, public, and non-profit transit planning. Until 2015, Ms. Weinstock was the US & Africa Director from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). 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, and developed the BRT Standard with Dr. Hook. Together, they also conducted extensive research on the impacts of BRT on TOD in the US entitled “More Development for Your Transit Dollar” Ms. Weinstock holds an MS in Transportation from the University of Washington. As President of BRTPlan, Ms. Weinstock brings her full range of BRT planning experience to new projects around the world.
Dr. Hook has 29 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 Guangzhou BRT, Ahmedabad BRT, TransJakarta BRT, Rea Vaya BRT in Johannesburg, MyCiTi BRT in Cape Town, and DART BRT 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.
Mr. Holt is a planner with a track record of improving operational processes and business planning to deliver effective transit, using complex data sets and analytical tools such as simulation and decision modeling. Mr. Holt has produced operations plans, service models, and expert evaluations for clients in a variety of cities. 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, he worked in operations planning at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and served as a research fellow at Columbia University and conducted research on the sociopolitical factors underlying Chinese high-speed rail construction as well as cooperation opportunities between ride-hail companies and transit agencies. Mr. Holt holds a Master of Public Administration and a B.A. in Urban Studies, both from Columbia University.