Urban Reads: Steven Higashide

Feb 12, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm
MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston) - Matchbox 4
3400 Main Street
METRORail makes a stop a half-block south of MATCH (Ensemble/HCC Station). Paid parking is available in the Mid-Main Garage directly to the south across Holman. This garage is accessible through Travis St. or Holman St.

Steven Higashide

Transit expert Steven Higashide discusses how to plan, run and win the fight for effective transit.

Better Buses, Better Cities describes how decision-makers, philanthropists, activists, and public agency leaders can work together to make the bus a win in any city. Learn more and order a copy of the book here.

Steven Higashide, director of research at TransitCenter, explained the powerful impact that fast, frequent and reliable public transit can have on our cities—from providing affordable mobility and equitable access to opportunities, to combating climate change. Higashide also stressed the importance of improving pedestrian infrastructure, since “most bus trips are a walking trip, on at least one end.”

About "Better Buses, Better Cities"

Buses can and should be the cornerstone of urban transportation. They offer affordable mobility and can connect citizens with every aspect of their lives. But in the US, they have long been an afterthought in budgeting and planning. With a compelling narrative and actionable steps, Better Buses, Better Cities inspires us to fix the bus.

Steven Higashide shows us what a successful bus system looks like with real-world stories of reform—such as Houston redrawing its bus network overnight, Boston making room on its streets to put buses first, and Indianapolis winning better bus service on Election Day. Higashide shows how to marshal the public in support of better buses and how new technologies can keep buses on time and make complex transit systems understandable.

Higashide argues the consequences of subpar transit service fall most heavily on vulnerable members of society. Transit systems should be planned to be inclusive and provide better service for all. These are difficult tasks that require institutional culture shifts; doing all of them requires resilient organizations and transformational leadership.

About Steven Higashide

Steven Higashide is one of America’s leading experts on public transportation and the people who use it. As director of research for the national foundation TransitCenter, Higashide has authored groundbreaking reports that have redefined how decision makers and journalists understand transit. He has taken the bus in 29 cities around the U.S. and the world.

About Urban Reads

The Kinder Institute's Urban Reads series showcases recently published works by local and national authors.

This program is eligible for 1.5 CM credits from the American Planning Association.

author Steven Higashide
Everything you think you know about city buses is probably wrong
Feb. 13, 2020

Writer and transit advocate Steven Higashide says buses provide affordable mobility, combat climate change and address inequalities in American cities.

interior of Houston METRO bus
How METRO made bus service a priority and became a transit trendsetter
Jan. 16, 2020

In 2015, METRO took its outdated bus network down to the studs and designed an entirely new regional transit system that made bus service less complicated and more frequent along the busiest routes. The results made transportation officials in cities across the country take notice.

equity on Houston Metro bus
How buses can drive equity and success in cities — and even help kill zombie ideas
INTERVIEWS :  Jan. 31, 2020

Ridership in most major metropolitan areas of the U.S. has been steadily declining in recent years. And transit experts worry about the trend’s impact on cities — economically and socially. But when you improve buses, as the experience in Houston and in so many other places shows, ridership and relevancy increase.

A BRT bus in Eugene, Oregon
Bus rapid transit is coming. Here’s what you need to know.
FEATURES :  Feb. 3, 2020

Bus rapid transit — BRT for short — is part of METRO’s plan for improving public transportation in the Houston area. It will feaure 75 miles of MetroRapid service on dedicated, bus-only lanes. Here’s a breakdown of BRT.

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