Aussies and their neighbors: If you know someone who'd benefit from a more intuitive grasp of how public transit works, there's still space in our upcoming course offerings in Melbourne (March 27-28) and Brisbane (March 31-April 1).
Several public transit courses offered in Australia, but here's what's special about this one.
- It's non-technical, using a minimum of jargon, because it's goal is to help you explain public transport issues to other non-technical people. We make the math as simple as possible. We are not conveying the secrets of a priesthood here. We want everyone to understand public transport!
- We want you to know public transport the way a carpenter knows wood: intuitively. We want to convey a knowledge that's in your hands, not just in your head, because that's the kind of knowledge that people retain best. So we teach public transport network design exactly the way you'd teach carpentry: Not much lecturing, but lots of hands-on experience actually doing the task in a supervised environment resembling a charrette.
- We're focused on how public transport connects with everything that people care about: Visions of their city, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, personal freedom and opportunity. Our training is both technical and humanistic, mindful that we have to tell stories that will matter to the public and the people they elect.
- You'll get an international perspective. The course has been a hit in big cities across the developed world, including New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Auckland, Wellington, Sydney and Portland. People are coming from as far away as Jerusalem to attend the upcoming courses.
- It is, as one past student advised, "inexcusably fun." Training doesn't have to be dreary, and this one is hopping with activities, insights, challenges to your usual ways of thinking about things.
Levity aside, we designed this course to fill a gap in the training of most planning professionals. Few graduate programs teach public transport "from the inside," building an understanding of its unique opportunities and limitations through the experience of actually working with the tool. Still fewer hire teachers who are both seasoned practitioners and skilled in relating public transport to larger narratives that motivate people. If you care about public transport as part of your future city, invite your favourite land use planner to take this course! They'll come out much savvier about how to recognize development proposals that truly work with public transport, as distinct from those that are just giving it lip-service to "paint development green."