About Me

me9The haphazard trajectory of my career is perhaps the most useful and interesting thing about me. In 2004 I randomly moved to Atlanta, Georgia without a car and with a desire to form roots in a community. In the process I realized how transportation is the intersection of important issues- energy, environment, social justice. And somehow, quite by accident, I ended up with a Ph.D in Civil Engineering.

After Atlanta I did a fellowship in Munich, Germany on mobility culture in megacities and then moved to Santiago, Chile to work for the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence. Through a convergence of factors I ended up in Boston with a position at the MBTA/Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

My journey from community organizer to academic researcher to public agency administrator with stops in Europe and South America helps me contextualize public transport within changing political frameworks. I use this experience to build interdisciplinary and community-academic-government collaboration to restructure public transport and urban space.

Please contact me at laurelintransit {at} gmail if you are interested in my work or want copies of my papers.